The prolific son of Blues great Luther Allison, Bernard delivers a vibrant, versatile new album. “So Excited” is a satisfying hard-rocker; “My Way or the Highway” offers a swinging groove, while “Strain on My Heart” is a soulful number with lively saxophone.
K-Pop sensations NCT 127 are back with their fourth album 2 Baddies ! From synthpop to hip-hop with a heavy dose of dance and R&B, the South Korean crew revels in coloring outside the sonic lines. Featuring the smash hit title track “2 Baddies,” and other body-movers like “Tasty” and “LOL (Laugh Out Loud).”
The heavy metal heroes’ first new album in 6 years offers brooding anthems like “The Writing On The Wall” and the exciting lows and highs of an opus like “Hell on Earth.” The band's latest evolution, first begun back on 2000's Brave New World , continues to enrich their own distinctive sound: dark and heavy, complex and majestic. The 2CD edition includes a lenticular collectible art card.
After an eight-year hiatus, OFF! come blazing back with their dynamic, frenetic new album, Free LSD . This time around, Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides) are joined by bassist Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock) for a punk rock tour de force that feels unpredictable and deeply alive. The tracks are short and sweet, bursting with hardcore energy and free jazz (yes, free jazz) fire. This band just keeps getting better and better. Free LSD features cover art by yet another punk rock legend, Raymond Pettibon.
It's the 60th anniversary of the Afrofuturism pioneer’s 1962 album, which is considered to be his most accessible work. This reissue features all-analog re-mastering plus new essays by Ben Young & Irwin Chusid. With Sun Ra playing acoustic piano throughout, accompanied by an eclectic array of percussion instruments, the music retains much of his Chicago-era style but with an international flavor.
"Take on Me" made them global superstars, selling out arenas worldwide - but can they mend the broken friendships? A-Ha: The Movie follows the band over their entire career, telling the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of becoming worldwide pop stars and what happened after that.
The New Faith tells an Afrofuturist story set in a far-future world devastated by climate change. Jake Blount and his collaborators embody a group of Black climate refugees as they invoking spirituals that are age-old even now, familiar in their content but extraordinary in their presentation.
Pocket Fantasy , the sophomore release from Austin’s Mamalarky, is a jangly, bouncy bunch of alterno-pop with threads of easygoing ‘60s folk-psyche woven throughout. Steered by the delicacy of guitarist-vocalist Livvy Bennett, Pocket Fantasy feels close and intimate, yet the music is interspersed with field recordings that give the listener the feeling of being immersed in nature.
The Girl From Chickasaw County [Highlights] is the new, more digestible version of 2018’s epic 8-disc box set documenting Bobbie Gentry’s entire Capitol Records oeuvre. These highlights do an excellent job capturing the musical magic of Gentry’s genre-spanning career. Her voice is silky smooth, languid, and evocative on the country, soul, and folk numbers. When the tracks move into psychedelic and funk territory, her voice drips with the grit and heat of the Mississippi Delta. Gentry’s obviously a legend but for many of us, she deserved a reassessment and a stunning, fresh reintroduction. The Girl from Chickasaw County [Highlights] does so with aplomb.
Band Of Horses are at their most powerful on the aptly titled Things Are Great . The songs are bold, big rock ’n’ roll numbers with an indie slant and country vibe, ideal for roadtrips and explorations of the great outdoors. The band just naturally evokes that Big Sky, “out west” feeling, their sound conjuring up a sense of spaciousness, rough-and-tumble beauty, and independence. Fans will dig the many rollicking cuts on this album, as well as the more intimate, introspective slow numbers. Something Great , indeed.
On her latest album, the Fantastic Beasts actor pours out her soul into songs of life, love, and loss. Leaving her A Fine Frenzy moniker behind in favor of her own name, Alison Sudol starts a new chapter by crafting a hauntingly beautiful musical memoir. “Playground” and “Wasteland” venture into celestial alt-country territory, while the album closer “Meteor Shower” does Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds proud.