This Month's Picks

Migration (CD)

Bonobo
Electronic music producer Bonobo’s sixth album applies the idea of “migration” and to his sound, with stunning results. Spanning from teaming with breathy electro duo Rhye on the sumptuous, urbane “Break Apart,” to working with N.Y.C.-based Moroccan group Innov Gnawa on the buoyant “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” Migration bounces between sounds and locales but feels seamless, like a well-planned trip with many destinations. Whether this globe-trotting mentality results in the kind of 4 a.m.-in-Ibiza feel of “Outlier” or fluttering electro-pop of “Surface,” featuring Hundred Waters’ Nicole Miglis, the results are never short of arresting. Looking for that perfect album to soundtrack your summer nights? It’s here. More

The Lucky Ones Forget (LP)

Craig Brown Band
Detroit bartender, guitar teacher, and purveyor of backwoods country cool Craig Brown teamed up with Jack White’s Third Man Records for the release of his first LP, The Lucky Ones Forget , with his titular band. Throw this record on and you’ll find yourself transported to some no-hope deep south saloon, where life is as raw and rough as the outlaw twang presented here by the Craig Brown Band. It’s a tremendously fun record given a bit of a rock ’n’ roll injection by Brown’s punk rock past and the recording assistance of Mr. Warren Defever (Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono, Iggy and the Stooges). This loose, wild, and often silly outing from the band proves they’re off to a promising start. More
Genre: Rock

Nocturnal Animals (BLU)

As her current marriage crumbles, LA art gallery owner Amy Adams receives a manuscript from her ex-husband of his upcoming novel, a violent thriller dedicated to her. Weaving together the real world with the menacing world within the novel, Tom Ford creates an aesthetically driven yet cerebral thriller about the consequences of past decisions, and confronting truths in one's own life. More

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Two (DVD)

She's back, she's only slightly more informed, and she's ready to take life by storm! As Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) continues to learn the ways of New York City, she's got her roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) and socialite Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) by her side to tackle all social matters that are hash brown: relevant. More

Sing [2016] (BLU)

Sing stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world's greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice; and more. More

In The Same Room (CD)

Julia Holter
Julia Holter’s latest, In the Same Room , is a live album named after a track from her 2012 release Ekstasis  (although the song doesn’t appear on this new LP). Recorded over two days at London’s RAK Studios, the LP spans Holter’s career and breathes fresh life into some old favorites. “Horns Surrounding Me” sounds more lovely and compelling than ever. High drama rises and flourishes on “Silhouette.” “Feel You” is insistent and intriguing. These reimaginings of Holter’s oeuvre aren’t just by-the-numbers retreads; they’re alive and insistent, unfurling in new ways that fans will appreciate. More
Genre: Rock

Pure Comedy [Sunset Cover] (CD)

Father John Misty
On Pure Comedy , we find the troubadour musing about his life, society, and pop culture over downbeat folk rock melodies. “Leaving LA” is a raw, meandering account of life spent too long up in the hills. The title track is insightful, intense, and hard-to-forget. “Total Entertainment Forever” sees Father John discussing Taylor Swift’s appeal — it’s a dissection of celebrity you didn’t know you needed in your life (or eardrums) until now. All in all, Father John Misty provides the perfectly melancholy, dryly funny, and surprisingly moving soundtrack to our times. More
Genre: Rock

LA Divine (CD)

Cold War Kids
The Cold War Kids deliver the indie-dance-rock goods on their latest album, named in honor of their hometown of Los Angeles. The music is energetic and expressive, but the lyrics are introspective and often allude to the process of maturing in the context of living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, as in the power ballad "Can We Hang On?" and the piano heavy "Restless." Be sure to put your dancing shoes on for the hand-clapping, foot-stomping "So Tied Up" and lead single "Love Is Mystical," which will almost certainly be playing many a night this summer. More
Genre: Rock

Moonlight [OST] (CD)

Nicholas Britell
Nicholas Britell’s score for the lovely Moonlight is every bit as gorgeous and affecting as the film. Plaintive, aching strings anchor many of Brittel’s sensitive, intelligent compositions including “Little’s Theme” and “Chiron’s Theme.” There’s even a chopped and screwed version of the latter track — the reworking gives the song an interesting depth, but you won’t initially think “chopped and screwed” when you hear it. Tracks by Goodie Mob, Boris Gardiner, and Barbara Lewis are welcome contributions, bringing added texture and life to the mix. The soundtrack conjures memories and emotions familiar to viewers of the film, but even those who haven’t seen the picture will enjoy Britell’s incredible orchestral works. More
Genre: Soundtracks

Born Like This (LP)

Doom
This classic MF Doom album from 2009 is amazing as it stands, but it has been reissued with bonus tracks and two remixes of the J Dilla produced "Gazzillion Ear" by Jniero Jarel, a frequent Doom collaborator, as well as Thom Yorke of Radiohead. If you're already a fan of MF Doom, you already know that this album is full of animated sounds and flavors, as well as thick beats and top notch rhymes by the elusive emcee. "Lightworks" is another well known J Dilla production, and "Still Dope" introduced many to the impressive lyrical stylings of Empress Stahhr. If you didn't own it when it came out 8 years ago, now would be a great time to get familiar with it and add it to your collection. More
Genre: Hip Hop