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Heaven Surrounds You (CD)

Surf Curse

Jangle meets surf meets garage rock in Surf Curse’s excellent, appropriately-titled Heaven Surrounds You . Fans of lo-fi, rough-and-ready rock ’n’ roll will certainly luxuriate in this swooning, revved up album. Rich in post-punk-style melancholy and nostalgia beneath the catchy riffs, the songwriting is smart and catchy as hell. Perhaps some of that sense of longing and looking back comes from the album’s inspiration, which some of the song names hint at, the coming of age flicks of years gone by. Cinematic in sound as well as in scope, Heaven Surrounds You sounds like a sleeper hit. Don’t hit snooze on this excellent album!

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.”

Trane's Delight (CD)

Poncho Sanchez

On his first album in seven years, Latin Jazz legend Poncho Sanchez pays tribute to the legendary John Coltrane. Trane’s Delight features new tracks inspired by Coltrane as well as Latin-infused takes on classic works by the revered saxophonist. It’s a vibrant showcase of all the ways Coltrane influenced Sanchez, from boyhood to his now storied status as a GRAMMY-winning force to be reckoned with. Trane’s Delight effortlessly draws connections between classic tracks, new Sanchez originals, and the works of Coltrane and his collaborators. The album features Pancho Sanchez’s longtime band, Francisco Torres ( trombone/musical director), Ron Blake (trumpet/flugelhorn), Robert Hardt (saxophone), Andy Langham (piano), Rene Camacho and Ross Schodek (bass), and Joey DeLeon and Giancarlo Anderson (percussion).

The Owl (CD)

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown and co. have crafted a heartfelt album of country-rock anthems that, with the help of collaborators like Skrillex and Benny Blanco, break beyond the traditional ideas of the genre. Take "Need This" for example, with its heartland attitude, hip hop groove, and pop flourishes, the group creates a song that can't truly be categorized under any of those labels. Perhaps the most raw and personal of tracks is "Leaving Love Behind," a melancholy, yet rising, look at life after divorce.

Hypersonic Missiles (CD)

Sam Fender

After a couple self-released singles got him signed to a major label deal, singer/songwriter Sam Fender is ready to conquer the world with his debut full-length, Hypersonic Missiles . Sounding at times like an alternate universe version of The Killers (if the band had sprung up from northern England rather than Las Vegas, releasing Sam's Town as their debut rather than Hot Fuss ), Fender's songs are exactly what one seeks in pop music: catchy, candy-coated morsels with a satisfyingly emotional core. These missiles hit their intended targets.

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.

The Brighter The Light (CD)

The Juan MacLean

The Juan Maclean has another banger on their hands with the release of The Brighter the Light . It’s a compilation of the group’s 12” singles as you’ve never heard them before: re-edited, remastered, and ready to get the party rockin’. The tunes run the gamut from deep house to disco to freestyle, the mix blending seamlessly without skipping a beat. It’s a good reminder of the scale of the band’s talent and their staying power in the ever-evolving NYC dance scene. The perfect soundtrack to the type of night you never want to end.

Karaoke Angel (CD)

Molly Sarlé

Some albums just seem like the story behind their creation must surely be as tantalizing as the stories their songs tell. Molly Sarlé’s Karaoke Angel is one such album. The Mountain Man vocalist began working on these exquisitely observed Americana-infused slices of life in a trailer perched on a cliff in Big Sur, CA before taking the show on the road to Los Angeles, Durham, NC, and Woodstock, NY. Album opener “Human” starts the show firing on all cylinders: a gorgeous love song that manages to be wistful and joyous at the same time. The intensity doesn’t abate over the course of the record; it’ll put a smile on your face when you're not blinking away a sneaky tear.

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.

Divisions (CD)

Starset

Starset takes listeners on a thought-provoking, cosmic journey over the course of their latest, Divisions . Angst-ridden and anthemic, the Columbus, Ohio rockers excel at creating forceful, melodic ballads with moments of quiet beauty and moments of hands-in-the-air brutal fury. Some records just sound big: in their intentions, their sonic quality, their ability to move an audience. Divisions is one of those records. Turn it up loud and blast off into another sonic dimension.

Roll With Me (CD)

Natasha Bedingfield

Roll With Me is the first new album from British singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield since 2010, who first made her mark in 2009 with the hit single “Unwritten.” Bedingfield's accessible pop is distinctive for its R&B flair and a light huskiness to her flexible voice, and this new album is a satisfactory return to form. “Roller Skate” is a funky but subtle dance song with well-placed horn blasts. “Kick It” is a soulful number that still rides along a club beat, while “Hey Papa” and “King of the World” - the latter is a lovely ode to her son - brings in some Lily Allen-style Caribbean flavor.

Crowing Ignites (CD)

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn returns with an intriguing collection of all new tracks on his 34th studio album, Crowing Ignites . This time, they’re all instrumental, weaving a rich tapestry of sound as Cockburn delves into folk, jazz, blues, and Celtic influences. As producer/frequent collaborator Colin Linden says, “It’s amazing how much Bruce can say without saying anything.” On Crowing Ignites , Cockburn connects to the heart of his listeners in new, surprising, and gratifying ways. This is the sort of album that makes it quite clear why Bruce Cockburn is a legend.

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