This Month's Picks

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 [OST] (CD)

Various Artists
As far as sequel soundtracks go, you can't get much groovier than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 , which, with its '70s AM classics, is an essential element in the film franchise's chemistry. With mega hits like ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky," George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord," and Cheap Trick's "Surrender," the collection of songs can't help but evoke a thrilling, if not nostalgic, sense of celebration, while songs like Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me" and Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" create a cool laid-back atmosphere. Keep your ears peeled for Sweet's "Fox on the Run" and "Guardians Inferno," an original tune composed by director James Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, featuring none other than Knight Rider / Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. More
Genre: Soundtracks

How Did We Get So Dark? (CD)

Royal Blood
Get ready for punchy, sludge-y bass groovin', thick hard-rock drumming, and endless vocal hooks with Royal Blood's sophomore album, How Did We Get So Dark? Producing a surprisingly full sound for only two members, the combination of Mike Kerr's pedal-laden bass and vocals, and Ben Thatcher's drill-sergeant-precise drums creates an instantly catchy mix of head-bangin', dance floor pop and milkshake-thick stoner rock. For fans of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys. More
Genre: Rock

Green Twins (CD)

Nick Hakim
Nick Hakim's Green Twins crosses genres with gently psychedelic and soul-influenced songs. It's an inward-looking, personal album, heavy with nostalgia, dream images and reveries. Hakim's flexible vocals shift from falsetto to guttural to ethereal croons. More
Genre: Rock

The Order Of Time (CD)

Valerie June
Rootsy singer/songwriter Valerie June blends soul, blues, and folk with mystical wisdom delivered in an ageless, nasal voice. Co-written with Norah Jones, her sophomore album,  The Order of Time , includes vocals from Jones as well as June's late father Emerson Hockett. More
Genre: Rock

A Black Mile To The Surface (CD)

Manchester Orchestra
Alt-rockers Manchester Orchestra's new album is grandiose and cinematic, featuring heavily layered production and a new line-up behind indie-emo frontman Andy Hull. The conflicted lyrics move from the personal to Hull's original concept of the tale of a mining-town feud. More
Genre: Rock

The Punishment Of Luxury (CD)

OMD
The synth-pop pioneers return with their dazzling 13th studio album, which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. The album is the sound of a band in their prime.More
Genre: Rock

Blood Offerings (CD)

Necrot
Oakland-based old-school death metallers Necrot return after six years with an onslaught of buzz-sawing riffs and spine-rupturing rhythms.More
Genre: Rock

What Now (CD)

Sylvan Esso
Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso contrast feel good, festival-ready pop hooks with heavy sequenced synths. And what a contrast it is. Taken out of context, producer Nick Sanborn's glitchy, squelched earth instrumentals would give contemporaries from Nicolas Jaar to Com Truise a good run for their money. At the same time, singer Amelia Meath's vocals would not feel out of place on, say, a Grouplove song. Together they combine to form a uniquely 21st century Frankenstein musical creation, one that exists as both a culmination of trends completely en vogue for the past few years and as a progenitor of pop's future, a place where the yelpy indie-folk of the Dirty Projectors sits comfortably next to a Flume set at HARD summer, set to a slideshow of Lorde's dance moves. More importantly, and this is most important after all, Sylvan Esso are catchy, catchy, catchy. What Now , a fitting title for the album you'll be listening to for the rest of the year. More
Genre: Rock

Trouble Maker (CD)

Rancid
With nine studio albums under their belt, Rancid continues to serve up timeless, solid ska-influenced punk on the anthemic and catchy Trouble Maker . With touches of rockabilly and folk-punk, the veteran rockers address politics and working class struggles, and celebrate Bay Area protestors. More
Genre: Rock

Dua Lipa (CD)

Dua Lipa
London-based pop singer Dua Lipa makes her mark with a surprisingly sophisticated first album. The 21-year-old Lipa shows off her husky voice and self-confidence on summer jams and heartbreak ballads, collaborating with big name producers and even Chris Martin of Coldplay.More
Genre: Rock