Michelle Solomon

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Retro rock ‘n’ soul band go modern.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.12.02 PMAlabama Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls rocked retrospectively like Aretha Franklin’s recordings at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios. Conversely, their sophomore album Sound & Color sounds more informed by D’Angelo and Flying Lotus. The instrument tones still resonate with vintage flair (the band sounds like they’re playing out of the same gear), but the production is very 21st century R&B. –Eric Shea

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In the dude dominated realm of riff-rock, Ruby The Hatchet are a much welcome breath of fresh air.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.25.06 PMFronted by female singer Jillian Taylor, the Philly quintet’s second album Valley Of The Snake rocks with all the muscle of their heavily resonated contemporaries. But Taylor’s slightly raspy inflections bring a sultry strength that sounds like Stevie Nicks singing for Deep Purple. –Eric Shea

 

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resonance_graphic_finalGucci Mane drops another trilogy from behind bars, bringing you BreakfastLunch and Dinner.

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Guwop is the most prolific voice of Atlanta. This series of albums
includes features like iLoveMakonnen, Quavo (of Migos), Waka Flocka Flame and Trinidad James. Recording these albums between stints behind bars and hitting the streets, Scucci keeps it G over some Mike WiLL Made-It beats. (J. Boogie)

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Hampton Yount is more than Bearable.

Most comedians wouldn’t burn their best joke Hampton Yount20 minutes into an album, but Hampton Yount isn’t most comedians. His sophomore album is filled with unpredictable jokes that cast George Washington as a fictional character and Asperger’s as a dating technique. Bonus: Per Yount’s Twitter, his album also syncs perfectly with The Wizard of Oz. (Kelly Anneken)

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Rihanna runs the track with her new single, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.32.12 PMCommanding the mic and calling all the shots, her vocals slap you as they bounce over blazing drums served up by Deputy and Kanye West. Her smoky vocal take masters a blend of singing and rapping that sounds like she’s been yelling at fools in the studio.

 

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San Francisco’s best-kept secret unveils a beautiful, garage-pop, solo, debut album.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.34.00 PMA diamond-in-the-rough from the Mission district’s 22nd St. music community; Sarah Bethe Nelson’s wistfully sung songs are flirty, confessional, cathartic and catchy all at once. With the Midas touch of Kelley Stoltz as producer, Fast Moving Clouds is an instant classic of lo-fi spun guitar-pop gold.

 

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Kendrick Lamar changes the world of hip-hop with an emotionally charged, organic masterpiece. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.21.48 AMThis Black Hippy goes deep, dark and soulful into his hometown of Compton. It’s as if The Soulquarians took acid and decided to resurrect J-Dilla, jazz ghosts and good poetry. To Pimp a Butterfly stretches the boundaries of hip-hop into the roots of revolution.

 

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Oakland heavy rock quartet Queen Crescent spins sonic gold from the looms of prog and proto-metal.

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.31.59 AMThe awesome women comprising Queen Crescent effortlessly blend late ‘60s progressive rock with Indonesian, Turkish, Mexican and West African psychedelic rock of the ‘70s to create a sound that’s even more incredible than that short-lived time when Tony Iommi played guitar for Jethro Tull.

 

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Rebel Heart is a testament and reinforcement to Madge’s relevance.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.42.03 PMEven with a premature leak and subsequent release of six tracks last year, Rebel Heart is probably Madonna’s most varied and satisfying record in years. Offering upbeat EDM cuts, lush ballads and catchy pop ditties, she proves even to new audiences that she can still dominate the pop industry.

 

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Swervedriver’s first album in 17 years plays like the ‘90s never ended.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.50.14 PMMy Bloody Valentine finally releasing an album after a 22-year hiatus may have resurrected shoegazing. Slowdive are back together, RIDE has reunited and now Swervedriver have dropped their first album since 1998. I Wasn’t Born To Lose You somehow sounds very ‘90s without succumbing to predictable retro trappings.

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Carly Rae Jepsen returns with the ridiculously infectious “I Really Like You.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.53.30 PMFollowing the coattails of “Call Me Maybe,” the breakout anthem of 2011, Canada’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s 80s-inspired, sugary single “I Really Like You” is slated to be one of the big hits of the summer. Make sure to check out the music video featuring Tom Hanks lip-syncing her lyrics!

 

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Nitty-gritty sophomore album from Oakland supergroup Sir Lord Von Raven.

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.52.32 PMAfter a six-year wait, The Age Of Machines has finally landed and was worth the wait. Featuring members of The Time Flys, The Gris Gris and Extra Classic; the impressively lengthy album (22 tracks!) crosses ‘60s Detroit soul/psych-rock and 70s glam with a toughness and swagger that rivals Mick Jagger.

 

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Resonance Rap and EDM party together at the strip club.

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.35.48 PMOn “Drop That Kitty,” Ty Dolla $ign brings the Auto-Tuned raps; Tinashe sings the hook while Charli drops her sassy suburban chants. All of this sexual energy is expertly draped over a DJ Mustard-esque beat that sounds tailor-made for the strip club. Drop that indeed!

 

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Sir Richard Bishop finds inspiration in a guitar from the 1890s!

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.35.27 PMSir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) was so captivated by an old guitar he bought in Geneva that he took it on tour to Tangier and recorded this album on his nights off. Virtuosic, diverse and intimate; The Tangier Sessions will resonate with fans of beautiful acoustic guitar music.

 

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After his monster hit, Big Sean returns by giving thanks.

 Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.12.05 AMBlessings (Single) features Drake spitting the second verse plus a leaned out hook. Listen for the remix, featuring special guest Kanye West sneaking in a final verse. Boi-1da and Vinylz create a spooky soundscape on the production with trapped out bass drops and pitched out hi hats.

 

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Sleater-Kinney are back with No Cities To Love!

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.53.48 PMThey have grown in the last few years in projects like Quasi, Wild Flag and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – but they still have one foot in their punk roots. The songs remain angular, the vocals remain intense; but the guitars are crunchy and full and the compositions more layered than before.

 

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More melancholy musings from the son of Steve Earle.

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.15.47 AMJustin Townes Earle’s sixth studio album Absent Fathers is the companion piece to his preceding long-player, Single Mothers from 2014. In a somewhat similar style to that of his godfather, Townes Van Zandt, JTE has a knack for writing about people’s hardscrabble lives and dysfunctional relationships with beautifully contrasting melodies. Read More →

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It’s a rare EDM album that succeeds as a full-length, but Above & Beyond broke the mold.

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The trance trio’s experience producing and DJing for over a decade is evident on We Are All We Need. Swooshing synths intertwine with emotional pop vocals, creating an uplifting EDM experience touching on progressive house and chillstep, while remaining firmly rooted in trance.

 

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London dream-pop tunesmiths drop a gorgeous EP with guest vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.21.54 PMLondon’s Liu Bei is an indie-pop quintet with shoegaze leanings. The title-track off their Goodness EP is one of those bittersweet love songs worthy of being blasted from a boombox hoisted by John Cusack in 1989. But “Fields” boasts a gossamer cameo from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

 

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Fall Out Boy proves once again with American Beauty/American Psycho there’s still room at the top of the charts for actual rock bands.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.23.01 AMSure, Fall Out Boy is now far from an actual rock band (and well removed from the rockers they once were). But they whip up a gloriously hook-laden stadium pop confection, borrowing melodies from Suzanne Vega and even reworking The Munsters’ theme!

 

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Former Company Of Thieves vocalist makes a name for herself as a solo artist.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.37.31 AMLos Angeles based Genevieve swaps indie rock for alt-pop with the release of the incredibly infectious Colors (Single). Backed with distorted guitars, electronic keyboards, synths and a boom-bap beat; she sings about everyday struggles with a message of inspiration, repeatedly chanting, “Show your true colors, girl!”

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