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Three (CD)


On Three , Phantogram have perfected their unique combination of gritty electronica and earworm indie pop. The duo draws inspiration from hip-hop, soul, and electro to create truly dynamic songs like the seductive, defiant “Run Run Blood” and the infectious “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” The music may be buoyant, sometimes startling, and always catchy, but the lyrics often do an about-face into darker themes of failed romance, power dynamics, and addiction. If you’re looking for a little more danger on the dancefloor, Phantogram deliver.

Dusk (CD)

Ultimate Painting

Dusk , the third album by the London based duo Ultimate Painting finds a nice balance between wispy melancholia and cozy grooviness. Comprised of Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls, Ultimate Painting's economical guitar dueling and sparse back beat evoke a sort-of looser Pinback, with touches of The Velvet Underground's self-titled album. Ironically, "I'm Set Free" is not a cover of VU's song off said album, but a vibrato-y original, while "Who Is Your Next Target?" should land well with fans of Kill The Moonlight -era Spoon. The shimmery guitar plinking on "Song For Brian Jones" is particularly hypnotic.

22, A Million (CD)

Bon Iver

There are certain things one expects from Bon Iver: sparse, wintry melodies, bare emotionality, and his lyrical, near-Appalachian croon. On 22, A Million , those facets remain the same, albeit embellished by an unexpected experimentation. The new songs feature samples, synths, and processed vocals; one gets the sense that all the time Bon Iver spent collaborating with the likes of Kanye and James Blake managed to influence his own work, as well. It’s an interesting evolution for the soft-voiced lo-fi folksinger — an album full of surprises whose low-key loveliness will get under your skin.

Day Breaks (CD)

Norah Jones

Norah Jones continues to grow as an artist on Day Breaks , working soul, gospel, and New Orleans influences into her usual silky jazz songs. The album features nine new originals and three covers of works by Neil Young, Horace Silver, and Duke Ellington. The singer, however, is at her best on lead single “Carry On,” a tender, earnest track which showcases her crystal clear vocal stylings. Blue Note label mates Wayne Shorter, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Brian Blade make up part of Jones’ band on this one — a truly star-studded modern jazz outing.

Lemonade (CD)


On her bold new album, Beyonce takes on the image of the wounded lover and owns it while continuing to make heartfelt, intelligent pop music of the highest order. As her previous, self-titled album was a vibrant ode to fidelity, Lemonade represents the other side of relationships. Even the title is kind of a sick joke — it’s what Beyonce makes when life gives her shit. “You can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath,” are the first words she utters on the album, over the stately piano, church organs and echoing vocals of “Pray You Catch Me.” Musically, it’s reined in from the thrilling but all-over-the-map feel of Beyonce , as the album largely consists of wrenching ballads and dark bangers — but these are Beyonce’s strong suits. And the tunes that stretch out a bit further are stunners, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-meets-Enya “Hold Up” to the stuttering beats and echoing, Animal Collective-esque vocals of “Sorry.” She melds that newfound interest in indie music with her grounding in soul, gospel and jazz on the album’s middle passage, particularly on tear-jerker “Sandcastles.” Lemonade allows Beyonce to be bitter, sad and laid bare, which helps makes it one of her best albums — at the very least, it’s her most honest one.

American Band (CD)

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers, the American South’s biggest celebrant and critic, unleashes their most political and righteously indignant album of their long career with American Band . Amid the current haze of the baffling election, rampant poverty, police brutality, senseless shootings, the opioid abuse epidemic, widespread xenophobia, and racial tensions, singers/songwriters/guitarists and band founders Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood sharpened their skills for critique, creating this year’s most provocative protest album. Their form of socio-political criticism is straightforward; their words are aimed for the jugular because, let’s face it, we don’t have a lot of time to play with poetics as the country goes up in flames before our eyes. In “What It Means," they take on the tragic collective moral implications of the deaths of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin: "We're living in an age where limitations are forgotten/The outer edges move and dazzle us/But the core is something rotten." While sonically honoring their roots in all-American Southern rock, Drive-By Truckers remind us that it is truly American to think, question, critique, and to protest.

Terminal Redux (CD)


In the world of modern metal, where it seems like damn near every band is a painfully generic, obvious rehashing of the greats, Vektor have masterfully taken their own path. If you are a sci-fi loving, metal thrashing maniac, Terminal Redux was made for you.

1983-1988 (CD)

The Egyptian Lover

He of relentless hi-hats, campy Egyptian lore and robot voices comes at us in this non-stop party of a compilation. “EGYPT IS THE PLACE TO BE!!” Yes! “PYRAMIDS ARE OH SO SHINY!” If you say so! Who cares? We’re listening to king of the 808 Egyptian Lover and our sarcophaguses won’t stop shaking. Freaky Afroretrofuturistic electro jams from one of hip hop’s originators that rock from the tomb to the outer limits.

Blood Bitch (CD)

Jenny Hval

Norwegian experimental singer/songwriter Jenny Hval teams up with noise producer Lasse Marhaug for her most focused album to date, Blood Bitch . As the title indicates, this is an album about blood, thematically incorporating all of its horrors and blessings. Lyrics in songs like “Period Piece,” “Female Vampire,” “In the Red,” and others conjure speculums, menstruation, and birth control in methods poetic and otherwise. To say that this is an intimate project is putting it mildly, but it is also a work of the collective feminine unconscious. Hval referred to the album as being about “the purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers.” Both magical and mundane, menstrual blood has been a source of power and bother for women from time immemorial. Hval’s music reflects this duality distinctly; her pretty, ethereal voice rides just on top of repetitive, angular electro-pop instrumentation and highly-produced rhythms are juxtaposed with organic sounds like heavy breathing or pen on paper. Synth waves and base beats keep the songs balanced somewhere between electro dance music and high-concept avant-garde pop, grounded one minute and lofty the next. It can be difficult to pin Blood Bitch down, so just let it flow.

A Man Alive (CD)

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Funky, eclectic, sincere, defiant, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's latest album is full of infectious rhythms, engaging layers, and fascinating lyrics. “Departure” has a psychedelic carnival sound that rides the line between euphoria and madness, while “Nobody Dies” is a steady rocker with its driving drum beat and ragged guitar tone, and “The Evening” sounds like an impromptu jam session between George Clinton and The Strokes in a junkyard.

Gameshow (CD)

Two Door Cinema Club

Miss the '80s? Missed the '80s? Good news, the Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club has you covered with their new record, Gameshow . "Bad Decisions" sounds like the band taped a whole day of MTV circa 1985, mixed it up in a blender and somehow managed to concoct a cohesive, grooving disco-pop elixir. Album opener "Are We Ready? (Wreck)" is infectiously anthemic with its cross between guitar funk and electronic pop while the titular "Gameshow" is a driving, garage-y catwalk strutter.

A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (CD)

Vijay Iyer

Features pianist Vijay Iyer and the musician he has described as his “hero, friend and teacher,” trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith. The centerpiece of the album is the spellbinding title suite, dedicated to Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), the innovative Indian artist whose improvisatory imagery evokes abstracted rhythms.

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