Rock

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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Century Plaza (CD)

For his new album of darkly nuanced electro-pop, Sartain mines the British synth-pop wave of ’80-’84 – particularly Depeche Mode - for inspiration. Crepuscular synths and metronomic beats dominate songs like “Cabrini Green” and “Feigning Ignorance” – either could have been pulled off the Blade Runner or Escape From New York soundtrack in a parallel universe

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The Bible 2 (CD)

AJJ, the Phoenix band formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad, releases their most ambitious collection of scuzzy punk screeds with The Bible 2. The band is maturing, choosing intimacy over isolation, gravity over the vacuum, the stage instead of the scene.

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Nevermen (CD)

Nevermen is a supergroup featuring some of the best rock vocalists alive. TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe crafts dense tapestries of synthesizers and swooping, acrobatic vocals on tracks like “Mr. Mistake,” over which Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More) unleashes his malleable growl and Adam Drucker (Subtle, Themselves) spits verse. Rather than try to crowd one another out, Adebimpe, Patton and Drucker work like cogs in a well-oiled machine, manufacturing layered, experimental pop with little regard for genre constraints. Nevermen finds three wildly different artists coming together remarkably, each one game for what the others throw their way. Luckily for us, it sounds great, too.

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Hoka (CD)

Impossible to classify. Take a spiritual journey with the album Hoka. Nahko has emerged a new hero for both the planet and our souls, and if you’re not howling like a wolf by the end of this set you might want to re-check the latter. Soon haunting melodies and the sound of the wolves rustling through the desert will be running through your dreams.

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Skeleton Tree (CD)

Skeleton Tree’s album opener “Jesus Alone” starts off Nick Cave’s latest LP with a heavy, oppressive, and haunted atmosphere. At times anguished, eerie and seeking, it’s some of Cave’s strongest work in years. For an artist with a carefully-curated public persona, whose lyrics often recount the tall tales of dark, dangerous, and larger-than-life figures, there’s a real openness and vulnerability to the new songs that makes them even more hard-hitting. (Longtime fans know the album was recorded in response to the tragic death of his son, Arthur.) It’s no surprise, then, that there’s a devastating quality to these songs, as well as a strange beauty springing from the love that makes the singer’s grief so palpable. These songs will follow you around long after the album has ended.

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