Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) mixes twangy guitars with 80’s electronics on this interesting but bizarre project. See “Sutphin Boulevard,” “S’Cooled,” “The Complete Knock.”
**Butch Walker _ Spade
It’s been along time since the Marvelous 3 singer scored a hit with “Freak of the Week” but he’s still going strong. Spade is packed with lighthearted, anthemic pop/rock tunes. See “Summer of ’89,” “Day Drunk,” “Synthesizers.”
Cobra Starship _ Night Shades
Gabe Saporta alienated just about all of his fans from his days as frontman of the legendary NJ punk band Midtown, and with this effort of sleazy dance rock there will definitely be none remaining.
Counting Crows _ August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall
As hard as it is to look at Adam Duritz these days, this was a great record and the performance comes close to doing it justice. See “Omaha,” “Rain King.”
David Guetta _ Nothing But The Beat
French DJ/producer has officially taken over pop music by blending super-poppy production with elements of hip-hop and thumping bassdrum.
Doug Benson _ Potty Mouth
The Super High Me legend’s latest comes with a bonus DVD of his six-episode cult-hit The Doug Benson Interuption.
Edwin McCain _ Mercy Bound
Cringe-inducing soul pop from 90’s hero, singer/songwriter Maia Sharp.
Glasses Malone _ Beach Cruiser
Solid LA gangsta rap.
Great Lake Swimmers _ Bodies and Minds
Soothing indie folk/pop.
Jake Owen _ Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Feel good country pop.
Jill Scott _ Hidden beach Presents: the Original Jill Scott
12 soulful, funky previously unreleased tracks from her days at Hidden Beach. See “The Light,” “Wake Up Baby,” “I’m Prettier.”
Killinger _ Killinger
Horrible 80’s rock.
Lenny Kravitz _ Black & White America
Kravitz tackles race with his typical, classic-rock influenced guitar pop.
Light Asylum _ In Tension
80's centered indie electro.
Lil Wayne _ The Carter IV
The king of rap seems lackluster on his latest effort, gets upstaged by his army of guest stars.
Male Bonding _ Endless Now
Lo-fi English punk/noise rockers second Sub Pop release isn’t bad but is definitely not great. See “What’s That Scene.”
**Mike Doughty _ Yes & Also Yes
Ex-Soul Coughing frontman has kicked the smack, still writes shockingly good pop rock.
Red Hot Chili Peppers _ I’m With You
Cali legends follow up their epic double LP Stadium Arcadium minus Frusciante.
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus _ Am I The Enemy
FLA rockers’ latest effort is a confusing amalgamation of emo, rock, mod-rock, and pop.
Robert Earl Keen _ Ready For Confetti
Longtime TX singer/songwriter sounds great on his 11th-studio album. See “I Gotta Go,” “The Road Goes On And On.”
Ry Cooder _ Pull Up Some Dust & Sit Down
Eclectic American singer/songwriter draws from traditional blues/Americana for a pleasant, sparse, original sound. See “No Banker Left Behind,” “Quick Sand,” “Lord Tell Me Why.”
Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions
Modern guitar legend shows off some serious classical chops and explores the music of Latin America.
Tame Impala _ Inner Speaker
Standard psychedelic groove rock via Australia.
Tinariwen _ Tassili
Highly anticipated record from the kings of African rock’n’roll.
Tom Morello the Nightwatchman _ World Wide Rebel Songs
Guitar legend/activist offers his heaviest solo material to date. See “The Dogs of Tijuana, “It Begins Tonight,”