Rock

Jerry Garcia Band [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (LP)

The Jerry Garcia Band’s self-titled live album gets the 30th anniversary reissue treatment with this comprehensive 5-LP box set, out courtesy of the good people at ATO Records. Available in a limited edition pressing of 10,000, each LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl—all the better to savor the sweet sounds of the band’s appearance at The Warfield in San Francisco, coming to us all the way from 1990. Featuring the unbeatable lineup of Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Melvin Seals, David Kemper, Gloria Jones, and Jacklyn LaBranch, this Deluxe Edition is really something to celebrate. A landmark album, now available in an equally solid reissue format.

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Teenage Heartbreak (CD)

On Teenage Heartbreak, LILHUDDY arrives as a pop-punk prince for the TikTok era. On this collection of high-energy, high-rebellion glossy rockers, LILHUDDY comes off as a self-assured bad boy with a gorgeous tenor voice guaranteed to break hearts. It’s no wonder that blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is a fan (and a collaborator, on “Don’t Freak Out”). Rapper iann dior and All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter also make compelling appearances but make no mistake, LILHUDDY’s in the spotlight here and from the sound of things, he’s right where he belongs.

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The Other Side Of Life: Piano Ballads (CD)

On their latest, The Other Side of Life: Piano Ballads, Beach Fossils take inspiration from Dustin Payseur’s love for jazz greats like Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Vince Gauraldi, and Lester Young. Payseur enlisted Tommy Gardner and Henry Kwapis to help give his Beach Fossils back catalogue a smoky, dreamy new sound through the use of saxophone, upright bass, brushed drums, and piano. It’s a compelling experiment…and it works. Elegant, effective, and coolly downbeat, The Other Side of Life is well worth a listen.

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30 (CD)

Adele is back with another emotional powerhouse of an album. 30 chronicles the British singer’s divorce from her husband and her ensuing disappointment and heartbreak. Adele tackles the topic in her usual unflinching style, her voice soaring and keening, her lyrics immediate and emotionally effective. Expect bigger-than-life vocals, northern soul cool, and vibrant strings—the type of impactful flourishes that give Adele’s silky ‘60s sound such an immediate grip on the hearts of listeners. It’s a showstopper of an album featuring tales of love and loss that sound like timeless classics.

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Mercurial World (CD)

Magdalena Bay set a hazy, dreamy, romantic tone on the excellent Mercurial World. The duo of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin traffic in alt-pop transported to 2021 from some kind of hyper color, Myst the game-informed ‘90s-era time machine. The result is slick, smart left-of-center indie pop with a distinct vaporwave sheen. Taken together, the songs combine into a pastel-hued otherworldly outing with some really compelling twists and turns listeners will enjoy exploring, spin after spin.

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New Age Norms 3 [Neon Green Vinyl] (LP)

Cold War Kids deliver another epic release in their New Age Norms series, this time tackling the small triumphs and daunting challenges of the pandemic-era “new normal.” The songs are sweeping in scope and in style, delving into our shared societal concerns while bringing them down to a personal level. Case in point: frontman Nathan Willett’s lyrics on “Underground,” a track concerned with the desire to escape from all one’s problems distilled down to a refusal to watch depressing movies and listen to sad tales. Who can’t relate to that? Sure, the band’s thematic concerns may be dark, the music certainly isn’t. Instead, New Age Norms 3 is packed with soulful, life-affirming, percussive tracks, ready made for those days when you’re feeling low and need something to get you going again. When those times come, just hit play.

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Subject To Change (CD)

Singer/songwriter Katelyn Tarver follows up a series of EPs and collaborations with her first full-length album since 2005, Subject To Change. The album finds her mulling over break-ups and other misfortunes, but the lightness of her voice and arrangements keep it from becoming overwhelmingly sad. These are well-written, subtle pop songs that address relatable personable issues; for example, “Nicer” is a shrewd take on losing yourself in being a people-pleaser. “Shit Happens” offers the refreshing message that bad things don't have to happen for a reason, and “All Our Friends Are Splitting Up” is a heartbreaking examination of whether a relationship is quietly on the rocks. Subject To Change is a highly accessible set that rises above the standard pop formula.

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DISCO: Guest List Edition (CD)

When Kylie Minogue goes disco, she delivers. This reissue of her 2020 album DISCO comes to us as the Guest List Edition, which basically means you get all the dance floor fillers from the earlier release, along with new tracks featuring Jessie Ware, Years & Years, Due Lipa, and Gloria Gaynor. In classic Kylie fashion, the album is packed with hit after glossy hit and the high-energy vibe never slows down. Guaranteed to get your booty-shaking and your mood lifted, whether you’re ready to get your sequins on right now or if you need a little Guest List spot to get you inspired.

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Crawler (CD)

IDLES are back with a visceral new album, Crawler. This relentless album takes all the down-and-dirty elements of IDLES that brought the British post-punk act acclaim and refines their raucous approach into knife-sharp lyrics and gritty noise. The melodies on their fourth album are as intense and abrasive as ever, yet they’re tempered by introspection and the urge to evolve. Urgent and inventive, Crawler shows the band reassessing and reworking what makes them tick.

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Dark Side Of Everything (CD)

TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and Swedish singer/songwriter Daniel Ledinsky are cleverly named duo The Neverly Boys. Their debut album, Dark Side of Everything, benefits from Sitek’s distinctive shimmering, buzzy production as well as the duo's indie rock songcraft. “Burn Hollywood,” first released as a single back in 2017, is a hazy lament about disillusionment in Tinsel Town. The mood here is largely somber - appropriately, for the album title - but “Red Flag” stands out as a solid dance-pop tune with an infectious beat and the closing track, “Your Life is Blooming,” has a gentle sunniness to it that offers hope.

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