This Month's Picks

Dune: Part Two (4K UHD)

Dune: Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. More

Undefeated (CD)

Frank Turner
Frank Turner's Undefeated is easy to love, a punk album that deftly blends genres and will leave you with a smile on your face. "Girl from the Record Shop" feels like a slice of punk-meets-new-wave heaven: it's funny, relatable, and feels like it came directly from one of those '80s 7-inches that gets rediscovered and passed around in awe. "Letters" is insistent, heartbreaking power pop with a crescendoing pop-punk chorus (emphasis on the "punk"). "Do One" is defiant yet ultra catchy thanks to its anthemic pop-punk chorus (emphasis on the sunshiney old school "pop"). It's true...Turner's songwriting is, just like this album's title, undefeated. More
Genre: Rock

Here in the Pitch (CD)

Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt is back with the intriguing, almost otherworldly Here in the Pitch . The songs sound like they've been piped in from some reality adjacent to our own: an alternative existence with all its multifold possibilities, a door leading to a place where the past yet lives. Part of that's due to the gauzy textures, the intimate lyrics, and the melange of genres from a bygone era. Pratt's compositions blend '60s pop, bossa nova, psychedelia and the slightly off-kilter, cinematic stylings of icons like Scott Walker and Judy Garland. It all works splendidly. A transportive, utterly beautiful album that's unlike anything else out there. More
Genre: Rock

All Born Screaming (CD)

St. Vincent
St. Vincent gets dark on All Born Screaming . Annie Clark has said that the songs are about metaphorical heavens and hells and that's certainly the vibe of this adventurous, invigorating new album. Clark recruited Dave Grohl and Cate Le Bon for what she has called a "plague-pop" outing. It's a fitting moniker: the exuberance, the anxiety, the high highs and low lows are all there. Clark gets industrial and intense, danceable and delirious. All Born Screaming is an exciting sonic evolution for an artist who's not afraid to push the limits. More
Genre: Rock

Closer (CD)

Maria Chiara Argiro
Maria Chiara Argiro's Closer is pure leftfield pop bliss. The London-via-Rome singer, pianist, composer & producer wrote the album to evoke the dreamlike feeling she experienced in the time leaning up to its creation — and that's exactly what it feels like. Argiro is a familiar force in the UK jazz, electronic, and classical scenes and while these lovely tracks have pop bones, they're dressed up with hypnotic electronic beats, jazz trumpet, and gauzy synths. Closer is a refreshing listen, the type of album that just hits a little deeper and makes you glad to be alive. More

Bewitched: The Goddess Edition (CD)

Laufey
Transform your existence into a more glamorous, romantic, and retro one with Laufey's Bewitched: The Goddess Edition . The Icelandic artist creates dreamy vocal jazz that sounds like it could've come straight out of the Golden Age of Hollywood, or from the songbook of legends like Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. The songs move from sweeping and grand to intimate and vulnerable, with a dash of bossa nova and classical mixed into her throwback jazz sound. While Bewitched was a 2023 GRAMMY winner, The Goddess Edition features four stellar new tracks, including the titular single, "Goddess." Turn down the lights, put on something pastel, and enter Laufey's marvelous, magical world. More
Genre: Rock, Jazz

Ohio Players (CD)

The Black Keys
The Black Keys continue their sonic evolution with Ohio Players . It's one of the band's lushest, liveliest albums, with soul and gospel-tinged blues rockers in abundance. "Beautiful People (Stay High)" is an ultra-hooky, bigger-than-life anthem with Britpop and bar blues influences. "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" is a Motown-meets-the-blues ballad rich in swelling strings and romantic regret. Guest appearances from Beck, Juicy J, Lil Noid, Dan the Automator, and Noel Gallagher add to the fun. More
Genre: Rock

Boundary Road Snacks & Drinks / Sweet Princess EPs (CD)

Dry Cleaning
The two earliest EPs from UK post-punkers Dry Cleaning are getting the proper remaster and rerelease they deserve! On the group's 2018 debut Sweet Princess and the subsequent Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks from 2019, vocalist and artist Florence Shaw interpolates brief moments of singing with her unique spoken-word style over sleek, intricate melodies. More
Genre: Rock

Polaroid Lovers (CD)

Sarah Jarosz
Sarah Jarosz seventh studio album, Polaroid Lovers , delivers her viscerally potent and resplendent brand of folk-rock, while exploring the ephemeral moments that indelibly shape our lives. The alchemy of Jarosz's finely wrought lyricism, gorgeous vocal work, and virtuosic yet unfettered musicality creates an album-long meditation on love and longing. More
Genre: Folk

She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She (CD)

Chelsea Wolfe
Chelsea Wolfe finds the beauty in pain on She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She . As expected, it's atmospheric, bristling, and otherworldly. Wolfe's voice moves between ethereal and enchanting, menacing and morose. The music seamlessly blends trip-hop, industrial, metal, avant-garde, and rock...if that sounds like an over-the-top combination, fear not, because listeners are in capable hands with Wolfe and producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars). The cathartic, sublime She Reaches Out is a career high for Chelsea Wolfe. More
Genre: Rock

Capricorn (CD)

Eddie 9V
Taking its name from the infamous Georgia recording studio, Capricorn is a big step in the evolution of Atlanta bluesman Eddie 9V. Whether it’s the N’awlins funk of lead single “Yella Alligator” or the simmering ‘70s soul of “Are We Through” or “How Long,” Eddie 9V spreads his wings and flies across the genres and decades on Capricorn . More
Genre: Blues