Bad Vibrations (CD)

Florida metalcore band A Day to Remember refuse to be boxed into genre trappings on their sixth album. From the first song (the title track), pummeling beats and chugging guitars suggest the rhythmic attack of a metal band, while emotional outpouring and melodic smarts call to mind a more traditional rock or emo band. “Paranoia” is reminiscent of Foo Fighters, but with a lot more bite, as the lyrics paint a horror-movie scenario happening only in the speaker’s head. “Naivety” is more straightforward and melodic, as palm-muted guitars move like electricity and Smashing Pumpkins-esque octaves dart around. Meanwhile, the drop-D metal riffs and demon shrieks of “Exposed” sit rather comfortably next to the stunning acoustic outro of “Reassemble” and ascendant melodies “Justified.” It’s rare when a band can successfully provide something for everyone on a heavy rock album, but on Bad Vibrations, that’s just what A Day to Remember does.

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Fires Within Fires (CD)

Underground metal heroes Neurosis continue to evolve on their Steve Albini-produced 11th album and first in four years. Indie metalheads will thrill at the album's expansive sound, combining textured atmospheric portions with explosive, searing crescendos. Perfect for fans of bands like Deafheaven, Mastodon, and Isis.

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Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (CD)

The eighth studio album from Mike Rosenberg, the Brighton-born singer/songwriter better known as Passenger, is a panoramic album dealing with themes of relationships and the passing of time that are at once personal and universal.

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Secret City Records 10th Anniversary Compilation (CD)

Quebec's Secret City Records has been one of the most exciting and revealing indie labels from Canada. Tapping deep into the indie and outsider music scene of Montreal, Secret City Records has proudly released albums by Patrick Watson, Thus Owls, Own Pallett, Suuns, Plants and Animals, and The Barr Brothers. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they're doing a series of commemorative concerts around the world and are releasing a behemoth of a compilation. Chronologically spanning 34 tracks over two CDs, it's a perfect sampler of a unique sound curated by a one-of-a-kind label. Opening with a bonus track from Patrick Watson's Close To Paradise, "Interference From The Sky" picks up from the avant pop world of Jim O'Rourke. Powered up noise guitars shred over a minimal piano piece and free drumming that recalls Michael Nyman. And it builds and builds until it just disintegrates into nothing. Plants and Animals' "Bye Bye Bye" takes a different route. Instead of going for dramatic grit, this feels closer in spirit to to The Kinks' power pop masterpieces that just exude good vibes. The rich arrangement has a mix of mandolins, pianos, and a loud chorus that sounds more like 1967 than 2016. Suuns is a whole other beast. "Infinity" starts off like a lost Suicide track as ugly drum-machine riffs trot along vocals that are perfectly unsettling. Without ever being sleazy or gross, there's something about the song that makes you feel like you need to take a shower after listening to it. Along with Merge Records and Drag City, Secret City Records' diverse artists are completely unique in the world of indie rock. After listening to this, you'll want to hear it all.

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What One Becomes (CD)

On their new epic double album, What One Becomes, the trio walks the line between chaos and control. This sophomore album sees Sumac take a leap forward from their 2015 debut, The Deal, revealing a new side of Aaron Turner’s (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer) combustible songwriting and guitar playing.

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A Man Alive (CD)

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.

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Live At The Hollywood Bowl (CD)

Finally remastered, and released in conjunction with Ron Howard's documentary, Eight days A Week: The Touring Years, Live At The Hollywood Bowl pulls from The Beatles' famed 1964 and 1965 performances at the iconic venue. Not only is this record a document of the band in the prime of their early years, but it also functions as a document of the hysteria of Beatlemania, with the squeals, tears and cheers from the crowd almost as present as the music itself. Crank it up and hear The Fab Four at their most rockin' and raw!

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Live In San Francisco (CD)

Though John Dwyer may have left some San Franciscans feeling snubbed after relocating Thee Oh Sees to Los Angeles, the chemistry between the City By The Bay and the band are ever apparent on this live album, recorded over a three night residency at The Chapel. Get ready for an unrelenting 58 minutes of high-octane, groovy, punch-in-the-face mayhem.

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Paradise (CD)
Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work, and lyrical prowess the music press has praised them for in the past few years, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility. Their smartest, brightest songwriting yet. Read more
Ojos Del Sol (CD)

Ojos Del Sol screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act’s fourth offering is a sweeping, playful, and vulnerable collection that’s ripe with both musical and personal discovery. This is an album that’s painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw.

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