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Help Us Stranger (CD)

The Raconteurs

Finally back after a decade long hiatus, The Raconteurs are ready to roll with their third studio release, Help Us Stranger . The band's heady mix of rock and blues continues to flourish, this time with a touch of psychedelia (à la the Beatles-esque bridge in single "Sunday Driver") and a fuzzy cover of Donovan b-side "Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)" that nicely displays drummer Patrick Keeler's chops. Jack White and Brendan Benson's singing and songwriting skills continue to bounce off each other nicely, and with a set of tunes this strong it's obvious why Stranger is one of the more anticipated releases of the year. Welcome back, fellas.

III (CD)

BANKS

Jillian Banks continues her obfuscation of R&B with III , which is, all things considered, easily her most out-there production yet. That might be a striking description for an album that would release the crowd pleasing, tried-and-true gospel satisfaction of “Look What You’re Doing To Me” as a single. Sure, Banks’ work is not as uncanny valley pop as others who tread in similar territory (whether that be serpentwithfeet or Jessy Lanza), but nevertheless she prefers to coat sunny and unabashedly accessible songwriting in surreal sonic manipulations which leave plenty of lingering abstract angles to revisit. There’s her inscrutable voice, for one, frequently electronically treated and digitally distorted to a degree that would make Jai Paul proud. Those classic Daft Punk songs where you can’t tell whether it’s a guitar, synth, or some weird vocoder hitting that sweet spot? Shades of that are all over a bold production that isn’t afraid to play with timbre and texture mid-song.

Amoeba Gig (CD)

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's incredible in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood on June 27, 2007 was a magical moment shared by the seven hundred lucky people who made it in, along with a handful of celebrities including Ringo Starr himself. For those who missed it – and for those who want to revisit it and reminisce – the full concert is now available for the first time! The 21 song set includes energetic renditions of hits from across McCartney's legendary career, such as “Drive My Car” and “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” as well as a solo acoustic version of “Here Today.” It's an absolute must-have for Beatles fans everywhere.

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.

Run Home Slow (CD)

The Teskey Brothers

Australia's Teskey Brothers fine-tune their soulful pop for their sophomore album, Run Home Slow . The group blends gritty lead vocals with smooth harmonies and hints of funk and gospel in their arrangements, making use of a strong horn section. It's the perfect recipe for their familiar, accessible sound, as evidenced on infectious tracks like “So Caught Up” and “Man Of The Universe.” “Hold Me” uses vocal layers and handclaps to give it an uplifting gospel feel, slipping into a few moments of shimmering guitar on the wistful bridge.

Voyager (CD)

311

For 311's eclectic thirteenth album, the group merges the pop/reggae/rock they invented in the '90s – influencing newer acts like Twenty-One Pilots – with some updated pop soundscapes, aided by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco) who produced four of the tracks. “Good Feeling” is an infectious summer party jam, in the vein of The Black-Eyed Peas' “I Gotta Feeling.” “Don't You Worry” brings back the band's distinctive grungy ska guitar sound with some spaced-out soloing, while “What The?!” revels in some psychedelic funk. “Crossfire,” in turn, is a high-energy rock song with rapping vocals that ought to appeal to fans of Linkin Park.

Tuxedo III (CD)

Tuxedo

Mayer Hawthorne (aka Aquarius) and Jake One (aka Taurus) turn up the heat on the dance floor on this soulful, silky third outing from their Tuxedo project, aptly named Tuxedo III . The ultra suave duo channels funky influences from the likes of Chic and Parliament; the result is a polished gem of throwback R&B/soul perfection. The pair enlists top caliber talent like MF DOOM, D?M-FunK, Leven Kali, Benny Sings, Gavin Turek, and a handful of others. There’s lots to love on this bouncy, brilliant LP, the first on Tuxedo’s new Funk on Sight imprint. Turn it up loud and soak up the summer vibes.

Echo In The Canyon [OST] (CD)

Various Artists

The new documentary on the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene is accompanied by a soundtrack of classic songs covered by Neil Young, Josh Homme, Beck, Fiona Apple and more—each of them assisted by Jakob Dylan. Dylan's vocals mesh especially well with Apple and Norah Jones, on The Beach Boys' “In My Room” and The Association's “Never My Love,” respectively. Jade Castrinos from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros lends her soaring voice successfully to The Mamas And The Papas' “Go Where You Wanna Go” and Josh Homme sounds strong on The Monkees' catchy “She.” These are enjoyable new versions all around.

Naive (CD)

Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer continues to focus on positive and uplifting pop music on his new album, directly addressing the theme in the stripped-down title track, “Naive,” which condemns the idea that optimists are unintelligent. “Don't Give Up On Me” from the teen drama Five Feet Apart  is unabashedly dramatic and anthemic, and “I Found You” is a heartfelt love song with a strong sing-along chorus. He does branch out from the sweetness on the funkier track, “My Own Hero,” which has echoes of Jason Mraz or Maroon 5 in the production, and lyrics that question a lover's commitment.

Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 (CD)

Various Artists

A 50th anniversary celebration of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival of 1969 – the first American all-blues festival - this new live recording is a double album of incredible performances, originally captured by student promoters of the event on a Norelco tape recorder. The album features “living history” performances by artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, B.B. King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell and many more artists who shared a sense of community at the festival. The Muddy Waters single “Long Distance Call,” with its plaintive harmonica and spontaneous applause and whistles, embodies the perfect blues-soaked summer atmosphere. For the true blues fan, it doesn't get much more authentic than this.

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.

III (CD)

Bad Books

It has been awhile since we heard from the ever-surprising Bad Books. Seven years, in fact, but woo boy is III worth the wait. While recording these lightly psychedelic lo-fi ballads the band focused on their in-studio mantra of “Simon and Garfunkel in space,” which is a pretty good touchpoint — just multiply the trippy, lo-fi factor several times what said description would call to mind and you’ll have a decent concept of what this album sounds like. Top-notch songwriting and storytelling combine with cosmic vibes and minimalist melodies to create a truly compelling album that’s worth a careful listen.

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