Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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.”
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
13 & God _ Own Your Ghost
Inventive collaboration between Germans The Notwist and Anticon alt/rappers Themselves. See “It’s Own Sun,” “Old Age,” “Death Minor.”
A Pale Horse Named Death _ And Hell Will Follow Me
Sneering alt/rock. RIYL Godsmack, Alice In Chains.
Bad Meets Evil _ Hell: The Sequel
Royce da 5’9” and Eminem make dark, gritty hip hop. See “Fast Lane.”
Barry Manilow _ 15 Minutes
Good for 80’s nostalgics.
Black Country Communion _ Black Country Communion 2
UK rock legends Joe Bonamassa and Co play 70’s inspired arena rock.
Black Veil Brides _ Set The World On Fire
80’s influenced, make-up heavy glam rockers.
Book of Knots _ Garden of Fainting Stars
Eccentric, experimental Brooklyn art-rockers latest is a challenging listen.
Emily’s Army _ Don’t Be A Dick
Billie-Joe Armstrong produced pop-punk.
Erik Friedlander _ Bonebridge
Prolific NYC cellist shows off nimble fingers and creative songwriting on his latest. See “Transpontine,” “Hanky Panky.”
Is Tropical _ Native To
Electro-driven indie rock. See “Land of the Nod,” “Oranges.”
John Shannon _ Songs Of The Desert River
Gentle American folk/jazz.
Jonathan Edwards _ My Love Will Keep
MN folk fixture plays classic, emotive folk on his latest. See “My Love Will Keep,” “How Long.”
Junior Boys _ It’s All True
Original electropop duo do it better than most of the imitators. See “Playtime,” “You’ll Improve Me,” “ep.”
Keke Wyatt _ Unbelieveable
Ledisi _ Pieces Of Me
Soulful R&B, recommended for fans of the genre. See “Pieces of Me,” “Hate Me,” “Shut Up.”
Madeleine Peyroux _ Standing On the Rooftop
Notable GA singer-songwriter deserves the constant Billie Holiday Comparisons. See “Standing On the Rooftop,” “The Kind You Can’t Afford,” “I Threw It All Away.”
Marc Broussard _ Marc Broussard
Louisiana singer/songwriter continues to blend elements of pop, jazz, rock, soul and funk.
Michael Franks _ Time Together
Slippery smooth Jazz from Cali veteran.
Neil Young _ A Treasure
Neil seems spry and energetic on this set of familiar country jams. See “Amber Jean,” “Motor City,” “Get Back To The Country.”
Of Mice and Men _ The Flood
Cali metalcore act ditch the theatrics of Attack! Attack! and come up with a solid record. See “Ohioisonfire,” “Ben Threw,” “Let Live.”
Owl City _ All Things Bright And Beautiful
24 year-old Adam Young borrows heavily from the Postal Service and is undeniably catchy and cheesy. See “Real World,” “Honey and the Bee.”
Pat Metheny _ What’s It All About
Prolific Jazz guitarist plays soothing acoustic on his latest. See “Alfie,” “Rainy Days and Mondays.”
Peter Bradley Adams _ Between Us
Soothing folk from Alabama singer/songwriter.
**Random Axe _ Random Axe
Black Milk, Guilty Simpson and Sean Price team up for some great underground hip-hop. See “Chewbacca,” “The Karate Kid,” 4 in the Box.”
Sebadoh _ Bakesale (Deluxe)
Seminal American indie/rock band remaster their 1994 classic.
The Dear Hunter _ Color Spectrum
Providence rockers postpone Act IV, offer up a varied set of progressive indie.
The Headhunters _ Platinum
Longtime American jazz/funk band features George Clinton, Snoop, and Killah Priest on their latest.
The Swellers _ Good For Me
Flint, MI punk band can be most accurately described as Paramore meets Hot Water Music.
The Wonder Years _ Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing
Pop/punk via Philly, Hopeless Records.
Vetiver _ The Errant Charm
Solid indie folk. See “Worse For Wear,” “Can’t You Tell,” “Hard To Break.”
Woods _ Sun & Shade
Lo-fi Brooklyn pop/rock stars the squeaky falsetto of Jeremy Earl of simple acoustic guitar and noisy soundscapes.
Ziggy Marley _ Wild and Free
Authentic reggae. See “Wild and Free,” “Changes.”
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Above & Beyond _ Group Therapy
UK supergroup proves they can do no wrong with this uplifting, expertly produced trance. See “Alchemy, “ “Black Room Boy,” “Sun In Your Eyes.”
Adelitas Way _ Home School Valedictorian
Standard mod-rock via Las Vegas.
Amorphis _ The Beginning of Times
Finnish death metal featuring elements of folk and progressive metal.
Arch Enemy _ Khaos Legions
Swedish death metal act’s latest features re-recordings from the band’s first three records.
Arctic Monkeys _ Suck It And See
UK indie rock kings take two steps back from the awesome Josh Homme produced Humbug.
All Time Low _ Dirty Work
Pop-punk pretty boys seem a bit like they missed the boat with extremely simple composition and lyrics.
Battles _ Gloss Drop
Inventive, instrumental electro-tinged pop. See “Africastle,” “Futura,” “White Electric.”
Benny Benassi _ Electroman
Grammy-award winning Italian house/electro producer gets help from big names and aims for the charts.
Black Lips_ Arabia Mountain
GA garage rockers blend blues, rock, country, and punk, but the record lacks the excitement of the band’s provocative live shows.
Blindside _ With Shivering Hearts We Wait
Swedish Christian hard rock.
Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo _ Songs of Mirth and Melancholy
Expressive emotional Jazz.
Chick Corea _ Forever
Legendary Jazz pianist/Miles Davis cohort plays new classical.
City & Colour _ Little Hell
Dallas Green and Co follow up their 2008 smash Bring Me Your Love.
Craig Taborn _ Avenging Angel
Respected composer/pianist makes his first unaccompanied album ever.
Cults _ Cults
NYC internet sensation debut record has much hype to live up to. See “Go Outside,” “Abducted.”
**Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. _ It’s A Corporate World
Electro-pop act prove that with good songwriting the cream rises to the top, even in the most crowded of genres.
Dawes _ Nothing Is Wrong
Goldsmith brothers and Co play new classic rock. See “If I Wanted Someone,” “So Well,” “Million Dollar Bill.”
Depeche Mode _ Remixes 2: ’81-‘11
Depeche get the remix treatment from some of the best around.
Diane Schuur _ The Gathering
Distinguished Jazz singer sounds better than ever on this star-studded collection of 10 classic country songs.
Duncan Sheik _ Covers 80’s
90’s one hit wonder offers his takes on favorites from the 80’s.
**Frank Turner _ England Keeps My Bones
Million Dead frontman plays strong upbeat folk/rock. See “I Still Believe,” “I Am Disappeared,” “Redemption.”
Fucked Up _ David Comes To Life
Awesome hardcore punk via Toronto. See “Queen of Hearts,” “Under My Nose.”
**Givers _ In Light
Louisana indie act play fun, airy guitar pop, RIYL Dirty Projectors. See “Saw You First,” “Ripe,” “Ceiling of Plankton.”
Grayson Capps _ The Lost Cause Minstrels
Blues/Americana set from one of the South’s best new singer/songwriters.
Hail Mary Mallon _ Are You Gonna Eat That?
Fun hip-hop from Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz. See “Meter Feeder,” “Smock,” “Holy Driver.”
Hammerfall _ Infected
Power metal via Sweden.
Hiromi _ Voice
Electrifying, sophisticated Jazz from this young Japanese woman.
Hooray For Earth _ True Loves
Electro-indie act struggle to stand out but have their moments. See “Last Minute,” “Bring Us Closer Together.”
Il Volo _ Il Volo [Spanish Version]
Traditional Italian opera from the next generation of tenors.
Iron Maiden _ From Fear To Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010
Jessica 6 _ See The Light
Euro club tunes/R&B. See “ Good To Go,” “Not Anymore.”
Joe Ely _ Satisfied At Last
Revered TX singer/songerwriter blends honky-tonk, country, and American rock on his latest set.
Larry Carlton _ Plays The Sound of Philadelphia
Multi-Grammy winning Jazz guitarist takes on Philly.
Lindi Ortega _ Little Red Boots
Golden voiced Canadian singer-songwriter’s latest alt/country is solid. See “Angels,” “Little Red Boots,” “Dying of Another Broken Heart.”
Marvin Gaye _ What’s Going On [40th Anniversary 2CD/LP]
Reissued, 3-disc collection.
Mastodon _ Brett Hinds Presents: Fiend Without a Face & West End Motel
Bizarre split set of rockabilly finds the kings of psych-metal in a very weird place.
**Mike Bloom _ King Of Circles
Rilo Kiley/The Elected multi-instrumentalist belongs in the center of the stage. See “Til It’s Over,” “Gold Mine,” “Anything But This.”
Morbid Angel _ Illud Divinum Insanus
Death metal/grindcore legends haven’t lost a thing in the 20+ years since their debut.
New Gary Burton Quartet _ Common Ground
Lighthearted Jazz set led by the Indiana innovative vibraphonist .
**Nick 13 [Tiger Army]_ Nick 13
Well-written, lushly orchestrated alt/county. See “Nashville Winter,” “All Alone, “ Nighttime Sky.”
Origin _ Entity
Talented Kansas trio make some really brutal metal.
Peter Murphy _ Ninth
Latest from Bauhaus frontman/godfather of Goth has its gems. See “I Spit Roses,” “Memory Go.”
Randy Travis _ Anniversary Celebration
Randy gets help from the biggest names in the biz to celebrate his 25th with covers and duets of his biggest hits.
Robert Pollard _ Lord Of The Birdcage
Prolific Guided By Voices frontman puts out his second record of 2011 only six months in.
Ronnie Dunn _ Ronnie Dunn
Straightforward country rock from half of Brooks & Dunn.
Sondre Lerche _ Sondre Lerche
Strong set varied pop tunes from this young Norwegian. See “Go Right Ahead,” “Coliseum Town,” “When the River.”
Tech N9ne _ All 6’s and 7’s
KC rapper brings his speedy, distinctive flow into mainstream territory with big beats and prolific guest spots.
Tedeschi Trucks Band _ Revelator
Fans of both acts will delight in this set from two fixtures in American rock. See “Midnight In Harlem.”
The Book of Mormon [Original Broadway Cast] _ The Book Of Mormon
Soundtrack from the critically acclaimed musical from Trey Parker And Matt Stone.
The Ladybug Transistor _ Clutching Stems
Upbeat indie-rock from Brooklyn bank on charm. See “Breaking Up On The Beat,” “Clutching Stems.”
The Postelles _ The Postelles
Retro indie rockers show off a few good hooks, lack consistency. See “123 Stop,” “Whisper, Whisper.”
The Rosebuds _ Loud Planes Fly Low
Newly split Raleigh couple play their unique brand of upbeat indie folk. See “Come Visit Me,” “Woods,”
Tom Vek _ Leisure Seizure
Reclusive multi-instrumentalist’s latest is full of interesting pop. See “Aroused,” “A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.”
Tommy Castro _ Presents: The Legendary R&B Revue – Live!
Critically acclaimed CA bluesman brings his exciting live act to the people.
Tyr _ The Lay of Thrym
Whitesnake _ Live at Donington 1990
The legendary 80’s rockers live at their peak.
Youssou NDour _ Dakar-Kingston
Authentic reggae in promotion of African unity. See “Bololene,” “Diarr Diarr.”
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
__________________New Releases 5.31.2011
Autopsy _ Macabre Eternal
Legendary underground Cali metal act play standard metalcore.
Black Stone Cherry _ Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
Mainstream mod rock via Kentucky on Roadrunner Records.
**Blue Stone _ Pandora's Box
The fourth record from this Robert Smith produced electro-indie act is stylish, modern, and accessible. See "Curiosity," "Darkened Rooms."
BT _ These Re-Imagined Machines
Various artists offer their takes on 2010's brilliant These Hopeful Machines.
Canibus & Keith Murray: The Undergods _ In Gods We Trust, Crush Microphones To Dust
Dark, complex underground rap from some of the best in the game.
Dave Matthews Band _ Live At Wrigley Field
David Sylvian _ Died in the Wool
Experimental, progressive electro fusion from well-respected English singer-songwriter.
Death Cab For Cutie _ Codes and Keys
Ben Gibbard and Co turn up the charm but don't reach the magic of their earlier albums (ie Transatlanticsm, Something About Airplanes).
Eddie Vedder _ Ukelele Songs
16 ukelele centered tracks leave the vocals front and center, for better or worse.
Egypt Central _ White Rabbit
Mainstream alt/metal via Tennessee. RIYL Disturbed.
Eliane Elias _ Light My Fire
Interesting Jazz from brazilian composer/singer/producer benefits from a broad variety of influences.
Flogging Molly _ Speed Of Darkness
Irish punk-rockers continue with their signature blend of traditional Celtic sounds and American rock. See "Revolution," "The Power's Out."
Gamma Ray _ Skeletons & Majesties
Power metal via Germany.
The Guess Who _ Flavours
2003 remasters of some of the legendary Canadian rockers' biggest hits.
J.D. Souther _ Natural History
Well known rock/country writer puts out his second solo album since 1984.
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine _ Enhanced Methods of Questioning
Punk god takes on the modern world.
Jordan Knight _ Unfinished
Shockingly decent pop from this living pop phenomenon. See "Let's Go Higher," "Like A Wave."
Kate Bush _ Director's Cut
English singer-songwriter sticks with the eclectic approach that's made her a legend.
Kelli O'Hara _ Always
Bright, theatrical pop from this multiple Tony Award nominee.
**Kool G Rap _ Riches Royalty Respect
Queens rapper hasn't lost a thing, reminds us why he's considered one of the most influential ever.
Matthew Good _ Lights of Endangered Species
Vinyl/CD only release from this widely loved BC songwriter.
My Morning Jacket _ Circuital
Jim James and Co strip down their sound and come up with gold.
My Dying Bride _ Evinta
Interesting, unexpected instrumentals from this English doom-metal act.
Pagan's Mind _ Heavenly Ecstasy: Limited
Progressive metal via Norway.
Reatards _ Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis Heres the Reatards
Re-release of the band's first record will be followed by a documentary on the deceased American punk-rocker.
Seapony _ Go With Me
Stylish, hip, female-fronted indie rock is nice but won't be blowing any minds. RIYL Beach House, Best Coast.
Sweetback Sisters _ Looking for a Fight
Classic American folk via the vibrant Northampton, MA scene.
Tedashii _ BlackLight
The Melvins _ Sugar Daddy Live
Godfathers of Grunge, live.
**The Vaccines _ What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
English indie rockers debut is a hit across the pond, and their hooky pop should be a hit here too.
Tom Harrell _ Time of the Sun
American trumpet legend plays creative Jazz.
Twisted Sister _ Under The Blade
Re-release of the band's 1982 debut.
U.S. Christmas _ Valley Path