Tuesday, June 21, 2011

_______________________New 6.21.2011

Attack! Attack! [UK]

Welsh rockers play post-emo, RIYL Funeral For A Friend.

August Burns Red _ Leveler

Christian metalcore via Lancaster PA.


Eccentric VT collective play fun, sparse, haunting indie rock. See “Tomb Bloom,” “Ginger (Water Birth),” “Shimmychick.”

**Bon Iver _ Bon Iver

Somehow Justin Vernon does it again following up the lushly gorgeous For Emma, Forever Ago, with more of the same.

**Cassettes Won’t Listen _ Evinspacey

Atmospheric electro-pop from BK’s Jason Drake. See “Friendly Float,” “A Perfect Day,” “Harp Darkness.”

**Centro-Matic _ Candidate Waltz

Fun, catchy pop rock via Denton, TX led by lesser-known Monster of Folk Will Johnson. See “All the Talkers,” “Mercedes Blast.”

Cindy Bradley _ Unscripted

Up-and-coming Jazz musician manages to be musically perfect and emotionally provocative.

Cody Canada & The Departed _ This Is Indian Land

Texas country fixture finds a new band, plays a tribute to Oklahoma.

Crossfade _ We All Bleed

Cringe-worthy post-grunge via Columbia , SC brings absolutely nothing new to the table.

Dave Alvin _ Eleven Eleven

Cali-roots rock pioneer is as authentic as they come. See “Harlan County Line,” “What’s Up With Your Brother?”

Dayton Family _ Charges of Indictment

Gritty gangsta rap via Flint, MI.

Devin Townsend _ Ghost

Strapping Young Lad mastermind offers up his most restrained, mellow project yet.

Diamond Rings _ Special Affections

Canadian John O’Regan shows potential on this debut record, but overbearing 80’s syling takes over. See “You & Me,” “Pre-Owned Heart.”

Digitalism _ I Love You, Dude

German electro-pop kings fight the 80's and definitely have a few hits. See "2 Hearts," "Miami Showdown."

Esham _ DMT Sessions

Detroit acid-rapper is darker than ever with lyrics focused on death, hard drugs, and paranoia.

Gomez _ Whatevers on Your Mind

Eccentric British rockers play_______________

Girlyman _ Everything’s Easy

Harmony driven nerd folk.

Grieves _ Together/Apart

Talented indie rappers offers up introspective reflection on his Rhymesayers debut.

I Set My Friends On Fire _ Astral Rejection

Experimental post-rockers blend electro-pop and hardcore. See “Infinite Suck.”

In Flames _ Sounds of A Playground Fading

Swedish metal gods are as good and heavy as ever.

Jagged Edge _ Remedy

Sleezey R&B.

Jill Scott _ The Light Of The Sun

Philly native brings the funk on her latest set of retro-styled R&B.

Justin Moore _ Outlaws Like Me

Country sensation blends country sounds with silly lyrics and somehow came up with some of the biggest hits in recent pop/country.GHHHHH

**Liam Finn _ FOMO

Son of Crowded House legend plays unique, stylish indie rock. See “Don’t Even Know Your Name,” “Real Late,” “Reckless.”

LMFAO _ Sorry For Party Rocking

The goofiest duo in hip-hop follow up their smash I’m In Miami B**** with more of the same silly, hooky jams.

Matt Nathanson _ Modern Love

Mass native plays his extremely catchy, moderately cheesy blend of pop and folk rock. See “Room @ the End of the World.”

Miracle Parade _ Hark And Other Lost Transmissions

Boston indie folk act have their moments but may be too sleepy.

Natlie Walker _ Spark

Indiana singer/songwriter benefits from the unique electro production of Stuhr. See “Experimental Love.”

OK GO _ 180/365

Innovative rockers keep the ball rolling forward with this live set marking their first release on their own Paracadute Records.

Paul Hardcastle _ Hardcastle VI

Master dance producer features the late-great Marvin Gaye on his latest.

Peter, Paul, and Mary _ Weave Me the Sunshine

60’s folk legends are somehow still making great music.

Peter Tosh _ Equal Rights

Bob Marley guitarist and reggae legend reissues his 1977 classic. Must have for true reggae fans.

Pitbull _ Planet Pit

International rapper features big names, big beats on his latest.

Rival Sons _ Pressure and Time

Derivative classic rock/blues from overhyped Cali rockers.

Rubblebucket _ Omega La La

Lighthearted French electro-pop. See “Came Out Of A Lady,” “Silly Fathers,” “Triangular Daisies.”

Simple Plan _ Get Your Heart On

Pop-punk’s biggest simpletons are still it, unfortunately.

Symphony X _ Iconoclast

Progressive metal via Middletown NJ.

The Black Dahlia Murder _ Ritual

Progressive American heavy metal via Waterford, MI.

The Black Rabbits _ Hypno Switch

Sneering indie/garage rock.

The Red Button _ As Far As Yesterday Goes

LA power-pop act follow their 2007 smash She’s About To Cross My Mind with more of the same straight up pop tunes.

Tony Macalpine _ Tony Macalpine

Shred-pioneer plays guitar-centric prog rock.

Viva Voce _ The Future Will Destroy You

Female-fronted Portland indie act mix psychedelic rock, blues, folk, and R&B for an interesting whole. See “Black Mood Ring,” “The Future Will Destroy You.”

Weird Al Yankovic _ Alpocolypse

The king of parody takes on gen-twitter with tracks like “Perform This Way,” “Craigslist,” and “Party In The CIA.”


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