**100 Monkeys _ Liquid Zoo
Stripped down, straightforward, psych-pop. See “Shy Water,” “Black Diamond,” “The Sound.”
Ben Williams _ State of Art
Debut from up-and-coming Jazz bassist to watch.
Beyonce _ 4
Reigning Queen of R&B does it like only she can. Sure fire hit record.
Big Sean _ Finally Famous
Hip/pop’s latest darling doesn’t have much to say, and isn’t that great at saying it, leaving us..confused.
Billy Ray Cyrus _ I’m American
Achy Breaky Heart man himself will be struggling for the rest of his career to be more than just a footnote to his daughter’s success.
Burn Halo _ Up from the Ashes
Cali hard rock act’s latest could pass for a Nickelback record.
Com Truise _ Galactic Melt
Newcomers bring a synth-centric approach to the chillwave genre, channel Boards of Canada. See “Glawio,” “Hyperlips,” “Ether Drift.”
Curren$y _ Weekend At Burnies
Prolific NOLA rapper gets Monsta Beatz on his latest set of weed-tinged hip-pop.
David Cook _ This Loud Morning
American Idol winner plays standard mod/rock.
Dolly Parton _ Better Day
Country’s timeless icon proves she still has the music to back up her legendary status.
Eilen Jewell _ Queen of the Minor Key
Boston singer/songwriter’s latest effort solidifies her place amongst America’s top Jazz/blues performers. See “That’s Where I’m Going,” “Warning Signs.”
Gillian Welch _ The Harrow & The Harvest
First album in 8 years from critically lauded Nashville singer/songwriter.
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Wolf Parade frontman shows off his electronic side. See “Memories of the Future,” “Serve the People.”
Insane Clown Posse _ Eye of the Storm
John Maus _ We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Derivative, tacky synth-pop.
Jolie Holland _ Pint of Blood
TX singer/songwriter plays stripped down, emotive indie-rock. See “All Those Girls,” “Wreckage,” “Honey Girl.”
Limp Bizkit _ Gold Cobra
The original kings of nu-metal are more repulsive than ever almost 15 years after their debut.
Marianne Faithfull _ Horses & High Heels
Old-time UK songstress’s latest is centered around her unique alto.
Mark Wills _ Looking For America
Successful TN singer/songwriter plays standard pop/country.
Patrick Wolf _ Lupercalia
More derivative synth-pop stuck in the 80’s.
Pete Rock and Smif N Wessun _ Monumental
Pete Rock and BK fixtures make solid underground rap. See “Top of the World,” “Fire,” “(I’m a) Stand-Up Guy.”
Redlight King _ Something for the Pain
Derivative mod rock.
SBTRKT _ SBTRKT
Eclectic electro set of experiemental tunes. See “Sanctuary,” “Something Goes Right.”
Selena Gomez and the Scene _ When The Sun Goes Down
Disney churns out yet another set of can’t miss tween-pop.
Set Your Goals _ Burning At Both Ends
Cali pop-punkers try to set themselves apart with slightly heavy elements. Not bad, not that great. See “London Heathrow,” “The Last American Virgin.”
Shabazz Palaces _ Black Up
Eccentric, wild art-rap.
Taking Back Sunday _ Taking Back Sunday
Emo-kings first album with their original line-up since the seminal Tell All Your Friends (2002) lacks their old magic.
The Bunny the Bear _ If You Don’t have Anything Nice To Say
Somewhat interesting mix of metal/emo/electro. See "Ocean Floor."
There For Tomorrow _ The Verge
Hopeless Records' latest punk/emo disaster.
Thievery Corporation _ Culture of Fear
DC DJ’s play laid-back world party music for the masses.
Various Artists _ Rave On Buddy Holly
New tribute featuring some of our faves.
Various Artists _ Red Hot + Rio 2
Aloe Blacc, Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzales, David Byrne and others contribute fine work to a worthy cause.
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