Rock

Door Girl (CD)

Shilpa Ray's Door Girl is a New York punk record in the grand tradition of New York punk records. Ray's latest raucous, lively collection of songs traffics in the grit and glamour of the Velvet Underground, the raw energy of the New York Dolls, and the infectious melodies of Blondie. It's a no-holds barred, take-no-prisoners account of living in the city as a woman in these strange days. When so much punk has been toned down into melodic sing-alongs and radio-friendly teen hits, it's a blessing to have Shilpa Ray still at it, making rough-and-tumble rock 'n' roll music with fire in her heart.

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Roll With The Punches (CD)

First, it has to be mentioned that Van Morrison is 72 and still cranking out albums with workhorse consistency. Roll With The Punches follows last year’s Keep Me Singing and is the 37th studio album in the legendary Irish troubadour’s career. On this love letter to the blues, Morrison blends original compositions with covers of blues classics by T-Bone Walker, Mose Allison, and Sam Cooke, among others. As can be ascertained by the choice of source material, the album is very much a homecoming, stylistically speaking. Minus the sleek production, “Transformation” would easily slot onto Moondance or Tupelo Honey. “Ordinary People” would also fit neatly within that same era…because that’s when it was written. A solid collection of tunes that fit Morrison’s voice like a glove, as well as a worthy album in an absolutely legendary career.

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(V) (CD)

Along with Weezer, The Bronx has got to be one of the few bands to have released at least 3 self-titled albums. For their fifth, they follow in Led Zeppelin’s footsteps and go the classic Roman numeral route. Punk rock stalwarts for years, V proves The Bronx is just as aggressive as ever with tunes like “Sore Throat,” which earns its title on a two-and-a-half minute blast of hardcore fury. However, these boys still know how to write a hook, and following in the footsteps of their previous two self-titled releases (which found the group embracing more midtempo, melodic pastures), songs like “Two Birds” exemplify The Bronx’s proficiency in creating rowdy, inebriated, and catchy rock ‘n roll in the vein of KISS or New York Dolls. Matt Caughthran screams his way through these tunes, seemingly challenging any younger punk rock upstarts to try and outdo them. Sore throat, indeed.

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The Amulet (CD)

Is that emotional prog you’ve got there? Proggy-emo? On Circa Survive’s 6th studio LP, the strangled angst and boisterous volume that has been the hallmark of their sound for the past decade is mostly intact. Delayed, distorted guitars along with impassioned, wailing vocals are still at the heart of The Amulet’s 10 tracks. However, this time around the mood is a bit more contemplative and conceptual, with softer instrumental passages and far more singing than outright screaming. The progressive rock element is heavily felt with shifting tempos, flashy guitar heroics, and songs with titles like “Premonition of the Hex,” “Rites of Investiture” or, hell, the  title track. Long a staple of the post-hardcore/emo scene along with contemporaries Thrice and Saosin, Circa Survive prove they don’t lack for ambition on a release that nudges them away from their aforementioned peers and is closer in approach to that of technical prog wizards such as Mew or Coheed and Cambria. An adventurous exercise in space age rock.

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Belong (CD)

Brooklyn-based seven-piece San Fermin’s third studio album, Belong, unfolds in warm, intoxicating textures that both contrast and intensify a sense of unrest. The album’s hypnotic sound is embodied in “No Promises,” a shimmering pop opus about the fear of disappointing those who’ve placed their trust in you.

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Strange Peace (CD)

The Toronto-based trio’s third full-length album is an artful hammer swing to the status quo. Recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini, Strange Peace is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before.

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The Hanged Man (CD)

Self-released and funded through Kickstarter, this is the singer-songwriter’s 13th studio album, but technically the first under his name. Also features drums by Chris Wilson of the Pharmacists and Aimee Mann (with whom Leo plays on The Both).

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Jen Cloher (CD)

Jen Cloher (CD)

Jen Cloher
Available for purchase on 09/22/2017, 12:00am
Genre: Rock

A letter in triplicate addressed to the themes of love, music, and Australia, Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as a punk-rock figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene.

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Mister Mellow [CD/DVD] (CD)

Mister Mellow is Washed Out’s first album for Stones Throw. The LP finds the artist experimenting with his signature lush and hazy sound, throwing in the occasional hip-hop beat and free jazz meander. The result is a consistently strong, characteristically dreamy album that takes on themes of boredom, apathy and privilege. Mister Mellow is the perfect summer afternoon daydream: shimmering, lovely, and slightly wistful.

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Good Nature (CD)

Turnover’s Good Nature veers far from the band’s earlier emo/punk tinged efforts. Their latest is hazy, wistful dream pop in the vein of Wild Nothing, Real Estate, or DIIV. Lush and poetic, Good Nature is the sound of rainy day afternoons and late summer cloud-watching. These dreamy new tracks possess a welcome optimism and point towards Turnover as a band to keep an eye on.

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