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Forever Turned Around (CD)

Whitney

Sometimes a band just hits upon something magical when it’s assembling a collaborative team. For Whitney, Forever Turned Around is a testament to the combined skills of the players. Lead singer/drummer Julien Ehrlich and lead guitarist Max Kakacek shared equal lyrical and compositional duties, creating these soulful AM gold numbers over the course of several sessions with producers Bradley Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger) and Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty) and with OG rhythm guitarist Ziyad Asrar. The end result is a soulful, melodic-as-hell exploration of changing relationships, loneliness, and the fleeting nature of happiness. Forever Turned Around feels like coming home, with all the warmth, joy, and tension that come with it.

Atonement (CD)

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage has remained remarkably consistent throughout the metalcore group’s two-decade long career; including before and after the mainstream success of End of Heartache turned them into one of the heaviest hitters in the metal world, with just one caveat: the ever revolving door between vocalists Howard Jones, who manned the group’s most prominent period, and Jesse Leach, the band’s original singer who returned to replace Jones in 2012. On Atonement , the two vocalists both appear on the same record for the first time, albeit briefly, as “The Signal Fire” features the two switching up verse duties and (very aggro) duet on the chorus. Elsewhere, the band is in traditional form, with chugga chugga guitars over computer-precise double bass thumping, clean vocals contrasted with guttural growls, and desperate, cathartic choruses adding plenty of drama to the proceedings. All these years later and the Killswitch Engage sound remains as solid as ever.

Beneath The Eyrie (CD)

Pixies

The 21st century incarnation of Pixies comes rip-roarin’ back with the mighty Beneath the Eyrie . Fuzzed out, wild, and unpredictable, on their latest, the band shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. The energy churned up by the band is totally bonkers; they seem determined to leave a sonic impact, rocking harder than they have in years and casually tossing off intriguing song scenarios with titles like “In the Arms of Mrs. Mark of Cain” and “On Graveyard Hill.” The ferocious and fascinating Beneath the Eyrie is a shot of pure adrenaline in CD format.

Other Girls (CD)

Lillie Mae

Lillie Mae stands out from the current indie country/pop crowd for both her excellent fiddle skills and her distinctive, jaded-but-sweet vocals. The Nashville singer/songwriter grew up playing fiddle in her family's string band and her years of experience, virtuosic ability, and storytelling prowess are on full display on her sophomore album, Other Girls . The arrangements are lush and unique with plenty of nice details. “You've Got Other Girls For That” builds on a melancholy melody and layers of expressive guitars, and “A Golden Year” has lovely bursts of la-la's in its plaintive verses that call to mind The Shins in an otherwise haunting folk song. “Terlingua Girl” is swooping and sweet with a quirky outro that brings in distorted guitar for an unexpectedly darker ending.

House Of Sugar (CD)

Alex G

(Sandy) Alex G’s House of Sugar is (pun intended) a real treat for fans of smart, cohesive, dreamy indie albums. “Hope” is a luminous, swooning jangle pop number that’s beautiful and bittersweet. “Southern Sky” is a gentle duet with a melancholy Elliot Smith vibe. ”Gretel” opens with a haunting, powerful intro and the emotional impact doesn’t let up over the course of the song. To get the full experience, this is an album that must be listened to in full — but what a delight it is to get lost in the world (Sandy) Alex G has created, again and again. Guaranteed to make you hit “repeat.”

Chronologic (CD)

Caravan Palace

Caravan Palace welcomes you back to their infectious electro-swing with new album, Chronologic . These are joyful, quirky tracks with hip retro sounds intermixed with house, jazz, and world music elements. Equally suited for fans of Daft Punk or Fishtank Ensemble, this is cross-cultural dance music. “Plume” is an uplifting, melodic treat, while “About You” is slinky with guest vocals from L.A. hip hop artist, Charles X. The hard-to-define “Miracle” features a chattering, near-rapping verse and eclectic instrumentation in its chorus on a background of euphoric electronic swells and beats.

III (CD)

The Lumineers

Darker than their usual output, The Lumineers’ III is an impressive showcase of the band’s songwriting abilities. The album opens with the tender, sweetly sad “Donna,” an immediate attention-getter that ranks as one of the best and most intriguing folk pop songs of the year. By the time “Gloria” rolls around the band has returned somewhat to their rollicking, boot stomper melodies, although there’s still a definite undercurrent of sadness to this tale of love and addiction. “Salt and the Sea” will linger in the mind, thanks to its devastating melody and plaintive piano harmonies. An impressive step forward for the band, III is definitely one of The Lumineers’ best albums.

Valve Bone Woe (CD)

Chrissie Hynde

At 67 years old, punk rock Zelig and Pretenders mastermind Chrissie Hynde releases what is only her second solo album. In an uncharacteristic move for the sharp-witted, charismatic rock ‘n roll lifer, Valve Bone Woe is a covers album that heavily favors jazz and traditional pop standards. Yet despite the stuffy premise, the results are anything but. Perfect example: Hynde’s rendition of the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” delivered in a narcotic jazz shuffle overlain with dub-influenced production quirks; echoing drums and psychedelic keyboard effects aplenty.

Valve Bone Woe (CD)

The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble

At 67 years old, punk rock Zelig and Pretenders mastermind Chrissie Hynde releases what is only her second solo album. In an uncharacteristic move for the sharp-witted, charismatic rock ‘n roll lifer, Valve Bone Woe is a covers album that heavily favors jazz and traditional pop standards. Yet despite the stuffy premise, the results are anything but. Perfect example: Hynde’s rendition of the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” delivered in a narcotic jazz shuffle overlain with dub-influenced production quirks; echoing drums and psychedelic keyboard effects aplenty.

Beyond The Door (CD)

Redd Kross

Redd Kross are back with their seventh studio album since their SoCal teen punk origins, following 2012's Researching The Blues – their first since 1997. The McDonald brothers (joined by Jason Shapiro and Melvins drummer Dale Crover) remain committed to fun, melodic rock n' roll with a '90s college rock feel and there's plenty of it. “The Party Underground” is a straightforward and hook-filled ode to the theme with free-spirited guitar soloing. “What's a Boy to Do?” is grunge-y but wistful number with a pretty melody and “When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way?'” is a radio-friendly anthem.

Ma (CD)

Devendra Banhart

“Freak Folk” artist Devendra Banhart turns his artistry towards the political situation in his homeland of Venezuela for new album Ma , largely refraining from the wackier songs for which he's known. With lyrics that directly address helplessness and fear for humanity, these songs are often heavier than their arrangements suggest. “Memorial,” for example, is a sparse but whimsical waltz that is actually about death and the breezy, tropical “Abre las Manos” addresses his sorrow for Venezuela. Other themes are motherhood and all its interpretations, as well as his travel experiences, such as on the Lou Reed-sounding “Kantori Ongaku.”

Power (CD)

Seratones

Seratones' new album, Power , is a blast of high-energy roots-rock and doo wop-inflected pop with impeccable, soulful lead vocals and genre-blurring arrangements. The fiery “Gotta Get to Know Ya” is all catchy grooves and organ solos, while “Lie To My Face” is a lovely '60s throwback where singer AJ Haynes proves she can swing effortlessly from strength to sweetness. The title track is infectious and danceable, and “Sad Boi” would almost be at home on a Janelle Monae record – intelligent pop-funk at its best. The album offers a lot of variety with solid songwriting and production.

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