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Psychedelic rock mastermind ventures into electronica.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala (aka Aussie Kevin Parker) perfected lilting, hypnotic, Beatles-esque psychedelia on his first two albums. With Currents, he reinvents himself. Guitars are all but abandoned for keyboards, DJ-style looping and filter trickery. There’s even R&B crooning, evoking great genre-smashers from Beck to Daft Punk. It’s a strong contender for album of the year. –Party Ben

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

Americana tunesmith hits his stride.

Billy Shaddox

Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl revives “Golden Coast,” a decade-old chestnut from his prior project Billy Midnight. But the weight of paying his dues is intensely palpable this time around when Shaddox sings, “Somewhere it seems/ I lost my dreams/ Or it might be/ That they were all taken away.” Stellar guitar solos abound. –Eric Shea

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Future breaks out the lean and slows us down on DS2.

FutureAuto-Tuning his raps over Metro Boomin beats, Future delivers the Sprite, serving up the bass to all his fiends. Dark, grimy trap beats dominate the sound, showcasing one of the most influential, recognizable voices in rap. Future stays true to his honest voice on his latest release, DS2. –J Boogie

New traditional country dignitary’s 20th album is a return to form.

Alan Jackson

After flirting with southern gospel and bluegrass, Alan Jackson delivers a recording reminiscent of when he and Garth Brooks were the most popular acts in ‘90s country. Angels And Alcohol dabbles in honky tonk (“Jim and Jack and Hank”) and western swing (“Flaws”) without succumbing to overtly retro pitfalls. –Eric Shea

All hail Veruca Salt! The triumphant return of these ‘90s grunge-pop darlings.

Veruca Salt

“Volcano Girls” Nina Gordon and Louise Post are together again, which is more than enough reason to celebrate. But it’s the reunited original lineup that produced Ghost Notes – a bruised, beautiful, sonic seether. Heavy, hooky, moody, melodic – it’s easily their best since 1997’s Eight Arms To Hold You.- Andee Connors

Messiah’s stock is rising.

Messiah

On Ya Era Tiempo, Vol.2, the Dominican-born, Harlem-bred rapper avoids many of the trappings of tired industry models imposed on Spanish-language lyricists. Not one to be pegged down stylistically, production ranges from trap-inspired to reggaeton. One part street, one part lover; it’s the minimal hip-hop cuts that highlight Messiah’s skill and previews what’s to come. –Marcos Juarez

Longhaired, bell-bottomed, hard rocking, denim-and-leather, biker-psych-blues from Amsterdam!

Death Alley

Featuring former members of occult rockers The Devil’s Blood, Death Alley’s Black Magick Boogieland is actually less about black magick and more about boogie – way more! Death Alley fuses spacey, boozy grooves, raw psychedelic punk, NWOBHM-style guitar shred and cosmic seventies heaviness – effortlessly channeling the spirit of their sonic forebears. –Andee Connors

 

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