Attack! Attack! [UK]
Welsh rockers play post-emo, RIYL Funeral For A Friend.
August Burns Red _ Leveler
Christian metalcore via Lancaster PA.
BOBBY _ BOBBY
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
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.”