Rock

Free LSD (CD)

After an eight-year hiatus, OFF! come blazing back with their dynamic, frenetic new album, Free LSD. This time around, Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides) are joined by bassist Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock) for a punk rock tour de force that feels unpredictable and deeply alive. The tracks are short and sweet, bursting with hardcore energy and free jazz (yes, free jazz) fire. This band just keeps getting better and better. Free LSD features cover art by yet another punk rock legend, Raymond Pettibon.

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Still Come The Night (CD)

On her latest album, the Fantastic Beasts actor pours out her soul into songs of life, love, and loss. Leaving her A Fine Frenzy moniker behind in favor of her own name, Alison Sudol starts a new chapter by crafting a hauntingly beautiful musical memoir. “Playground” and “Wasteland” venture into celestial alt-country territory, while the album closer “Meteor Shower” does Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds proud.

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Pocket Fantasy [Frosted Blue Vinyl] (LP)

Pocket Fantasy, the sophomore release from Austin’s Mamalarky, is a jangly, bouncy bunch of alterno-pop with threads of easygoing ‘60s folk-psyche woven throughout. Steered by the delicacy of guitarist-vocalist Livvy Bennett, Pocket Fantasy feels close and intimate, yet the music is interspersed with field recordings that give the listener the feeling of being immersed in nature.

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Senjutsu [Lenticular Art Card] (CD)

The heavy metal heroes’ first new album in 6 years offers brooding anthems like “The Writing On The Wall” and the exciting lows and highs of an opus like “Hell on Earth.” The band's latest evolution, first begun back on 2000's Brave New World, continues to enrich their own distinctive sound: dark and heavy, complex and majestic. The 2CD edition includes a lenticular collectible art card.

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition] (CD)

On Wilco’s widely acclaimed 4th album, the band delved further into atmospherics and complexity, leaning more toward artsier indie rock than their original Americana sound. Favorites like “Jesus, Etc” with its lovely strings, the lively, lightly psychedelic "Heavy Metal Drummer," and the airy “Poor Places” can be revisited here in all their newly remastered glory. This expanded reissue features a second disc of previously unreleased alternate versions and bonus tracks for fans to absorb and understand the process behind the album.

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Exister (CD)

The Soft Moon never shies away from the darkness but on his latest, Exister, Luis Vasquez lets in a bit of the light. The album is still packed with the intense, edge-of-control industrial numbers fans expect, but amongst the lowest of the lows, this time Vasquez also give us a glimpse of some of the highs. It’s the agony and ecstasy of the human experience, portrayed by driving guitars, brutal percussion, and haunted vocals. The sounds spreads out at times, moving into ambient and metal dimensions, even as the compass points back to relentless gothic stomp of The Soft Moon’s signature sound. Exister hits all the right notes while taking Vasquez’s artistry into evolutionary new directions.

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The Cage EP (CD)

The legendary Billy Idol comes barreling back onto centerstage with his fired up new 4-song EP, The Cage. There’s plenty of punk energy and ‘80s arena rock bombast over the course of this short-but-sweet collection of songs dedicated to lives spent on the edge. The title track has an infectious, sing-a-long chorus that makes it the ideal anthem for anyone who’s feeling a little worse for the wear, but ready to break through and break free. It’s a fine introduction to an album that feels like a true force of nature, animated by Idol’s impressive ability to craft tracks that gleefully play with the boundaries of the underground and the big-time.

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Their Satanic Majesties Request [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)

The Rolling Stones celebrate their 1967 psychedelic rock classic with a 180 gram vinyl reissue! This is the Stones at their experimental weirdest, dabbling with a variety of styles and sounds before stripping things back down for Beggar’s Banquet. Freshly remastered by Bob Ludwig, songs like “2000 Man” and “She’s A Rainbow” have never sounded better.

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Weather Alive (CD)

UK singer-songwriter Beth Orton 8th album is the self-produced, home-recorded Weather Alive. The hauntingly restrained vocals of Orton resonate throughout, pulling the listener into an intimately close embrace, while melding Nick Cave darkness with Portishead trip-hoppiness.

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Solidaritine (CD)

Gogol Bordello’s Solidaritine showcases the band at their genre-crossing best. Whether they’re importing ska rhythms on “Focus Coin” or fusing folkloric fiddle with gritty punk rock “Forces of Victory,” the band creates effective odes to human survival and possibility. It’s an album informed by frontman Eugene Hut’s background as a native Ukrainian, and with award-winning Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan and electro-folk band Kazka appearing on the aforementioned new version of “Forces,” the war the European nation found itself in earlier this year is never far from mind. Produced by Walter Schreifels (Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits) and with another awe-inspiring guest appearance from H.R. of Bad Brains, this is one of Gogol Bordello’s most raucous, righteous albums in years.

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