Full length debut mixes Pat Grossi’s heavenly tenor with stylish electro production.RIYL James Blake.
**Ana Egge _ Bad Blood
Saskatchewan native plays masterful folk on this latest set of Steve Earle produced gems.
Blue Highway _ Sounds of Home
Bright contemporary bluegrass.
Connie Smith _ Long Line of Heartaches
Longtime country singer has been making records for almost 50 years.
CSS _ La Libercion
Sao Paolo hipsters feature Ratatat, play predictably spaced-out upbeat indie jams. See "I Love You"
Dave Stewart _ The Blackbird Diaries
Eurythmics co-founder plays gorgeous country-tinged pop.See “Magic in the Blues,” “All Messed Up.”
Dee Dee Bridgewater _ Midnight Sign
American Jazz vocalist displays timeless vocals and infinite class on her latest.
Deepak Chopra _ The Secret of Love: Meditations for Attracting and Being In Love
Soothing meditations, instrumentation by Adam Plack.Plays like a less trippy version of The Books new-classic The Way Out.
Gabe Dixon _ One Spark
Piano pop in the vein of Ben Folds, but with less humor, more sap.
Ganglians _ Still Living
Sacramento indie/psych act gets some much needed assistance from producer Robby Moncrieff ( Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca) but are still missing something.
Ghost Brigade _ Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
Finnish prog-death metal.
Goldie _ Fabriclive 58
Longtime drum ‘n’ bass master live at London’s Fabric.
Icon For Hire _ Scripted
Female fronted nu-metal.
Jay-Z & Kanye West _ Watch The Throne
Good but obnoxious.Worth a listen for fans of either.
Jen Shyu, Mark Dresser _ Synastry
Innovative Jazz singer, bassist join forces on this envelope pushing set.
Jorn _ Live In Black
“Norse God Of Metal” plays high-quality hair metal and shows off some serious vox.
Moreland & Arbuckle _ Just A Dream
Gritty, haunting blues from Kansas duo.RIYL Black Keys, BRMC.
OuterSpace _ My Brother’s Keeper
Philly duo Crypt the Warchild and Planetary kick out the violent underground jams in typical Jedi Mind Tricks fashion.
Razika _ Program 91
Impressive indie pop/rock from energetic Norwegian teens.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks _ Mirror Traffic
Pavement legend meets Beck production on his most focused, catchiest solo effort to date.
Stephin Merritt _ Obscurities
Light, experimental indie pop from Magnetic Fields frontman.
Sun Araw _ Ancient Romans
High concept album of experimental electro indie.
Sunny Sweeney _ Concrete
Bubbly pop country with some TX influence (upbeat tempos, booze-soaked lyrics).
The Game _ The R.E.D. Album
Impressive mainstream rap effort, features beats by Dr Dre and verses from Nas and Rick Ross.
The McClymonts _ Wrapped Up Good
Australian sisters brand of country pop is turning heads in Nashville.
the SLoT _ Break The Code
Russian rock stars bring their aggressive brand of alt/metal across the Atlantic.
Trevor Hall _ Everything Everytime Everywhere
Lighthearted reggae-influenced pop from this SC youngster.
**We Are Augustines _ Rise Ye Sunken Ships
Expansive indie rock debut from BK trio is truly an inspired effort.
**Zee Avi _ Ghostbird
Malaysian singer/songwriter has youtube, and her silky voice to thank for her discovery.Recorded in LA for Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records this is a record fans of good music will not want to miss.See “Swell Window,” “The Book of Morris Johnson,” “Concrete Wall.”RIYL Feist.
Serbian beauty plays rootsy blues. See “Summer Rain,” “Count Me In.”
Blue October _ Any Man in America
Alt/rockers go mainstream pop on their adventurous new disc.
Chimaira _ Age of Hell
Cleveland groove metal.
Eli Young Band _ Life At Best
Classically produced American country rock. See “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Skeletons.”
Flesh N’ Bone _ Blaze of Glory
Fresh out of jail Bone Thug picks up right where he left off.
Fool’s Gold _ Leave No Trace
LA collective blends African rhythms with American pop on their latest. RIYL Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors. See “Leave No Trace,” The Dive,” “Wild Window.”
Keb Mo _ Keb Mo
Texas guitar legend sings ever so sweetly on his latest. See “Tell Everyone I Know,” “Angelina.”
Gary Clark Jr _ The Bright Lights EP
Two tracks of rockin’ guitar based blues from Austin singer/songwriter are really just a tease. RIYL Black Keys.
Guy Clark _ Songs & Stories
TX music legend takes on some classics on this stripped down 23-song live set.
Jeff Bridges _ Jeff Bridges
Fresh off a ‘Crazy Heart’ Academy award the dude releases a record of downtempo country. See “Nothing Yet.”
Jewel _ The Merry Goes ‘Round
New mom Jewel heads to where the cash is: children’s music.
Maria Taylor _ Overlook
Azure Ray/Bright Eyes cohort mixes indie folk with elements of shoegaze for a dreamy set. See “Matador,” “Bad Idea?”
Mister Heavenly _ Out of Love
Playful indie rock from hip supergroup featuring members of Man Man, Modest Mouse, and Islands. Not bad considering all the hype.
Natalia Kills _ Perfectionist
Big, hooky, dark pop tunes.
Ollabelle _ Neon Blue Bird
NYC folk featuring traditional songwriting and five-part harmonies.
Psychostick _ Space Vampires Vs Zombie Dinosaurs
Royal Thunder _ Royal Thunder
Tame classic rock.
Slaine _ World With No Skies
South Boston rapper is poised to hit the next level following the hit La Coka Nostra album “A Brand You Can Trust” with his first solo effort. Fans are also anticipating the upcoming "State of Grace with Statik Selektah.
The Cool Kids _ When Fish Ride Bicycles
Hipster rap act get help from some big names including Ghostface and Meyer Hawthorne on their latest. See “Penny Hardaway,” “Swimsuits.”
**The Duke & The King _ The Duke & The King
Gorgeous classic folk from Felice Brother and friends.
The War On Drugs _ Slave Ambient
Disappointingly drab record from promising Philly act is missing the hooks and fun of their earlier efforts.
Ursula 1000 _ Mondo Beyondo
Funky world/dance project from Brooklyn DJ/producer Alex Gimeno.
**Yellow Ostrich _ The Mistress
Newcomers play solid, dreamy lo-fi pop on their debut. See "Hold On," "Campaign," "Slow Paddle."
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!