Fresh off the success of the latest Bad Meets Evil effort with Eminem Royce aims to stay in the limelight.Solid but won’t be blowing any minds.
**Sainthood Reps _ Monoculture
Long Island quartet plays hard-rocking post-emo.See “Animal Glue,” “Hunter,” “Hotfoot.”
**Ski Beatz _ 24 Hour Karate School Part 2
Legendary Reasonable Doubt producer proves he can still make beats with the best
Steve Cropper _ Dedicated
Legendary American guitarist features some big names; Steve Winwood, BB King, Betty Lavette and Lucinda Williams.
The Birthday Massacre _ Imaginary Monsters
Toronto synth-rockers come off as a more electronic version of Evanescence.
The Motels _ Apocalypso
Longtime LA new-wave band led by Martha Davis plays strange rock.
The New Mastersounds _ Breaks from the Border
Prolific UK Jazz/funk quartet play quality funk.
Trivium _ In Waves
Brutal FLA metal act’s latest effort doesn’t disappoint; they are as fast, heavy, and inventive as ever.See “Capsizing The Sea,” “Dusk Dismantled.”
What We're Spinning..
The new Mates of State record Mountaintops - packed with bouncy rhythms, slick instrumentation, and huge hooks. A cure for electropop fans looking for something beyond the trend of nauseating 80's rip-off acts. Available from Barsuk Records September 13.
Volcano Choir collaborators Collections of Colonies of Bees latest effort Giving is four songs and 28-minutes of instrumental beauty. Highly recommended for fans of Sigur Ros, Volcano Choir, out now.
And finally we find it only fitting that on the same day as the release of Watch the Throne that Ski Beatz (producer of Jay Z'sDead Presidents and Feelin' It) would drop an album that might just be better. Take that Kanye!