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Paradise (CD)

The Mattson 2

Psych-jazz duo The Mattson 2 steps away from their high concept collaborations and reimagined covers for a new album of mellow, retro sunglasses-tinted jazz/indie pop, perfect for the summer. But don't let the easy-going vibes distract you from the twin brothers' impeccable chops – these tracks might be airy and hushed, augmented by sleepy synths on songs like “Wavelength,” but they're built on a foundation of virtuosic bass lines and drum fills. “Essence” is a highlight with its intriguing melody, hypnotic groove, and liquid guitar solos. Guitar even substitutes for a lead vocal on “Naima's Dream,” every bit as expressive and melodic as a human voice.

Flamagra (CD)

Flying Lotus

Nobody does it like Flying Lotus. After a five year pause between albums, the gifted producer and musician returns with Flamagra and he’s brought quite the star-studded cast of collaborators along. Woven through Lotus’ forward-thinking fusion of free jazz, hip-hop, and electronica come contributions from the likes of Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, David Lynch, Little Dragon, Solange, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, and Toro y Moi. An exhilarating sonic evolution plays out over the course of this epic 27-track LP — fans will enjoy the ride on this cosmic journey.

Erotic Reruns (CD)

Yeasayer

Yeasayer take on smooth AM Gold style rock on their sunny and slightly woozy new album, Erotic Reruns . The band fuses influences ranging from the expected indie pop to more off-the-wall psychedelia to krautrock on this smart collection of love-lorn numbers. It comes as no surprise, perhaps, based on the album’s title, that there’s also a playful rock ’n’ roll sleaziness to some of the band’s more sensually-oriented tunes — Yeasayer seems to be luxuriating in all the over-the-top-ness of the traditional rockstar persona while giving a knowing indie rock wink to their audience. It’s pure indie pop listening pleasure and pure fun.

Barriers (CD)

Frank Iero & The Future Violents

Frank Iero's third solo outing, this time backed by his band The Future Violents, is a biting, hooky punch in the gut. He sheds some of the emo tropes and excessive studio layers associated with his original band, My Chemical Romance, for a more direct and stripped down approach. Lead single "Young and Doomed" sounds like it could have been a surprise, nasty B-side off of Weezer's Pinkerton .

12 Little Spells (CD)

Esperanza Spalding

In Esperanza Spalding's music, the orchestral meets the art-funk and the prog, shedding genre restraints in favor of sheer inventiveness. The Bjork-esque concept for her new album, 12 Little Spells , is that each song is dedicated to a body part or function, which in someone else's hands might sound superficial, but the sophisticated music and witty lyrics surpass the concept; ultimately it's just a springboard for Spalding's mountains of talent. “The Longing Deep Down,” for example, is an avant-garde, at times spoken-word, steadily building, fascinating rumination that evokes much more than the abdominal system. The title track is certainly a highlight with its magical atmosphere and incantational melody – in unlikely praise of the thoracic spine.

Omoiyari (CD)

Kishi Bashi

The eclectic, shimmering Americana stylings of Kaoru Ishibashi, better known as Kishi Bashi, find deep rooting in his latest, Omoiyari . Ruminating on the internment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during the second World War, Ishibashi paints portraits of humanity in the face of oppression and adversity that reverberate thematically with many current events in this country today. Some songs are directly in reference to the internment camps, as in the bittersweet love song "Summer of '42," and "F Delano," a critique of then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt's decision to enact the internment of over 100,000 American citizens of Japanese descent, while others paint a more universal sense of the human condition. Though a potentially heavy listen, Ishibashi's inherent sense of wonder and empathy keep the album sparkling in texture, and swelling with symphonic grandeur, especially when playing his trademark multi-tracked fiddle. "A Song For You" brings to mind Andrew Bird with its folk rock whistling, and "Angeline" is a straight up indie-folk hit.

Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) (CD)

Promise Of The Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a message on their latest, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) . The likable title track implores listeners to do just that. Give people something to believe in. Endow your way of life with hope. It’s a standout moment on an album filled with top-notch tracks, with high-profile collaborators like Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, and Lukas’ father, Willie. The younger Nelson has created a strong showcase for his songwriting chops, with songs that effortlessly segue from country to folk to rock to soul. Impassioned and brilliant, there’s lots to love about this album.

Being Human In Public / Kiddo [Indie Exclusive] (CD)

Jessie Reyez

The eclectic Jessie Reyez combines her two EPs, Being Human In Public and  Kiddo , into this double release. Her direct and raw lyrics delivered in a scratchy baby-voiced wail lend her a tough vulnerability first revealed in Kiddo 's straggly ballad, “Figures,” and is reinforced in the near-mumble rap tune, “Fuck Being Friends” from Being Human In Public . “Shutter Island” offers Lorde-esque, light R&B touches while the lyrically dark “Gatekeeper” edges even further into that genre; “Body Count” bursts free as a poppier anthem against slut-shaming.

Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) (CD)

Lukas Nelson

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a message on their latest, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) . The likable title track implores listeners to do just that. Give people something to believe in. Endow your way of life with hope. It’s a standout moment on an album filled with top-notch tracks, with high-profile collaborators like Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, and Lukas’ father, Willie. The younger Nelson has created a strong showcase for his songwriting chops, with songs that effortlessly segue from country to folk to rock to soul. Impassioned and brilliant, there’s lots to love about this album.

Oklahoma (CD)

Keb' Mo'

Keb Mo' teamed up with Oklahoma native songwriter Dara Tucker for his new album that explores that state's themes. Evoking the area's musical history, natural disasters, Native American relations and more, these blues-rock songs benefit from guest artists like Robert Randolph on the title track, Rosanne Cash - who excels on vocals in the powerful “Put A Woman In Charge” - and previous collaborator Taj Mahal. The latter adds further depth to “The Way I,” an emotional song about depression, and “Don't Throw It Away,” a timely plea to acknowledge environmental issues. Another highly relevant number, the gentle ballad “This Is My Home,” features vocals from Latin singer Jaci Velasquez addressing the immigrant experience.

Here Comes The Cowboy (CD)

Mac DeMarco

A lone figure rides into Indie Rock Town. He’s a straight shooter, unmatched in his ability to create lovably goofy, naturally infectious jangle pop. He’s the man, the myth, the Canadian legend, Mac DeMarco, and his latest album is called Here Comes the Cowboy . Fusing his new and deeply weird (check out the album visuals, music videos, and promo materials) Wild West persona with lazy, dreamy lo-fi and the occasional jammed-out funk shuffle, the album promises the kind of left-of-center pleasures that have won over fans from across the spectrum. Essential summer listening for fans of sweet, silly college rock and riding off into the sunset.

Servants Of The Sun (CD)

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Chris Robinson Brotherhood starts their latest album, Servants of the Sun , on an uptempo note. The good times are rolling, with a few heart-worn ballads sprinkled into the mix. “Some Earthly Delights” starts the journey off with a psychedelic groove and “The Chauffeur’s Daughter” features ultra catchy licks with lyrics that feel like a future classic. Album closer “A Smiling Epitaph” is a stunner all on its own but it’s made even more poignant by the fact that the band has announced they’ll be taking a hiatus for an undisclosed period of time and that founding member Adam MacDougall has moved on from the CRB. Fortunately, this excellent LP should be in heavy rotation long enough to scratch the CRB itch for quite some time — Servants of the Sun is all killer, no filler.

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