Tuesday, June 28, 2011

________________________New 6.28.2011

**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

Silly clowns.

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.


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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