Music Releases 04-26-19

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The Cranberries

The Cranberries

In The End [LP]

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“On Monday 15th January this year Dolores O’Riordan died in London. Two days later she was due to come into BMG and play us the song demos for a new Cranberries album. At this point none of us believed there would be another studio album from the band.

A couple of months later the remaining band members (Noel, Fergal & Mike) listened through to the vocals with producer Stephen Street and with the full support of Dolores’s family the decision was taken to take the vocal tracks and for the band to complete the recording of the album. This was a direct reaction to the strength of the material Dolores had left as her legacy.

The end result is a euphoric alternative rock album on a par with the band’s best work, and together with the striking album artwork (by original band photographer Andy Earl and original sleeve designer Cally Calloman), celebrates vitality and optimism albeit tinged with tremendous poignancy.”

—Alistair Norbury, BMG UK President

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Catfish And The Bottlemen

Audiences from Manchester to Melbourne, London to Los Angeles, Newcastle to New York, and everywhere in between have been engulfed by the swell of eager sentiment propelled from a vociferous fanbase. Catfish and the Bottlemen possess a magnetic and dynamic focal point in McCann, renowned for posing everyday, easilyidentifiable observations through his lyrics.

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Local Natives

Local Natives

Violet Street [LP]

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If you distilled California into soundwaves and vibrations, it might resemble the sonic and spiritual interplay of the Los Angeles quintet Local Natives. VIOLET STREET revels in its stylistic eclecticism ranging from kinetic and propulsive pop (“When Am I Gonna Lose You”) to sun-drenched grooves (“Cafe Amarillo”) and stark emotive ballads (“Tap Dancer”). Produced by Shawn Everett (Kacey Musgraves, War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes), their 4th full length album proves to be their most diverse and mature set of tunes, from production through song writing.

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of their first studio album in 5 years. The new album, Mettavolution, will be released April 26 via ATO Records. 

Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rod and Gab's passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested in South America and the USA in 2017, a long list of new material has been distilled down to six new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions and one audacious, jaw-dropping cover song. 

Recorded in Los Angeles, producer Dave Sardy, -- best-known for his work with Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle and Band of Horses -- has helped Rod and Gab to a new recording career pinnacle. 

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Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

Fever Breaks [LP]

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Josh Ritter is returning this year with a new full-length, his tenth studio LP and follow-up to 2017’s Gathering. The Americana songwriter’s latest album, Fever Breaks, spans 10 tracks recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A over the second half of the past year. Jason Isbell produced the effort, which features his band The 400 Unit playing backup. It’s an exciting confluence of talents, and the promised chemistry bears out on the album’s gritty lead single “Old Black Magic”.

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ScHoolboy Q

ScHoolboy Q

CrasH Talk

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ScHoolboy Q’s third official studio album CrasH Talk will be released on April 26, 2019 through Top Dawg Entertainment / Interscope Records. It is the follow up album to Q’s 2016 album Blank Face which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and Oxymoron (2014) which peaked at #1.
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Slick Rick

Remastered from the rare analog tape the special edition vinyl will be on 2LP for the first time. Limited double vinyl LP repressing of this 1988 debut album from the Rap kingpin. The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick topped Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop albums chart for five weeks and peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Chip Tooth Smile

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Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era - a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like "Lonely No More," "This Is How A Heart Breaks," and "Streetcorner Symphony," Matchbox Twenty favorites including "Push," "3AM," "If You're Gone," and "Bent," and of course"Smooth," his 3x RIAA platinum certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana. 

Thomas made his solo debut with 2005's platinum certified "...SOMETHING TO BE" and immediately made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to ever debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200.

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Hembree

Hembree

House On Fire [LP]

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Inspired by the boundary-pushing production, rhythm, and pastiche of hip-hop, classic beat-infused rock like Talking Heads, Blondie, and The Police, and danceable indie music like Gorillaz and St. Vincent, House on Fire is the debut album from Kansas City's Hembree. One of NPR's Spotlight Artists to Watch and Rolling Stone's 'Best Artists We Saw at SXSW.'

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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

You're The Man

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You're The Man is the first-ever planned 'lost' Tamla/Motown album from Marvin Gaye. Includes three tracks newly mixed by SaLaAM ReMi. The album also includes a rare long version of Marvin Gaye's cancelled Christmas single, as well as an unreleased vault mix of its instrumental B-side, and new essay by Marvin's biographer, David Ritz. You're The Man was the album originally proposed to follow-up the monumental What's Going On. The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Motown label and also Marvin Gaye's 80th Birthday (April 2).

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The Damned Things

“High Crimes” is the first album in 8 years from The Damned Things. Fronted by Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die) and backed up by the likes of Scott Ian on guitar (Anthrax), Joe Trohman also on guitar (Fall Out Boy), Andy Hurley on drums (Fall Out Boy) and Dan Andriano on bass (Alkaline Trio), The Damned Things sprung out of Ian and Trohman’s love of Thin Lizzy and catchy, dirty rock ‘n roll. The band’s Nuclear Blast debut was recorded by Jay Ruston (Fall Out Boy, Coheed and Cambria etc) and will be released April 26 2019.

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The Mountain Goats

Double LP on green vinyl in same packaging as standard version & a bonus 7-inch with two non-album songs (on black vinyl). Includes coupon for full download. Indie Only. Limited Edition

The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas. They have been making music together as a quartet for several years. Three of them live in North Carolina and one has moved back to Rochester. Their songs often seek out dark lairs within which terrible monsters dwell, but their mission is to retrieve the treasure from the dark lair & persuade the terrible monsters inside to seek out the path of redemption. As Axl Rose once memorably asked, in the song “Terrible Monster”: “what’s so terrible about monsters, anyway?” This is the question The Mountain Goats have been doggedly pursuing since 1991. They will never leave off this quest until every option has been exhausted. Thank you.

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Marina

Marina

Love + Fear [LP]

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LOVE+FEAR is an album set split into two eight-song collections and lands as MARINA'S fourth full-length record since she released her critically-acclaimed third album, FROOT, in 2015. LOVE+FEAR are both lush, vibrant and powerful representations of the two main emotional driving forces behind human responses. LOVE is filled with a longing to enjoy life and a desire to unite and empower, while FEAR sees MARINA delve into matters of purpose and insecurity, also touching on conversations surrounding gender inequality and more broadly, the abuse of power. LOVE+FEAR are declamations that showcase these polarising sides of human nature.

MARINA spent the last two years writing and recording the new record across London, Sweden and LA with esteemed names including Noonie Bao, Sam De Jong, Oscar Görres, Camille Purcell, Justin Parker and Joe Janiak. LOVE +FEAR will be released via Atlantic Records on April 26th.

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Sunn O)))

Sunn O)))

Life Metal

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The brand new record from the heavy, experimental band SUNN O))), available on vinyl and CD first at record stores on Record Store Day.

Between Sleipnir's Breaths/Troubled Air/Aurora/Novæ

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Prince

A 3-disc bundle of the artist's pivotal new millennium pop party dance music, Ultimate Rave brings together CDs of 1999s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic and its 2001 remix Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic alongside a DVD containing the full-length performance version of Rave Un2 the Year 2000. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic features a surprising amount of guest artists (Chuck D, Eve, Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow) and a clutch of radio-friendly tracks while Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic was one of the first full releases for Prince's innovative NPG Music Club members; highlights include a remix of Hot Wit U that incorporates elements of the Prince-penned Vanity 6 hit "Nasty Girl" and the previously unreleased "Beautiful Strange." The live DVD Rave Un2 the Year 2000, Prince's epic 1999 New Year's Eve party, originally lensed for on-demand pay-per-view airing during the dawning of Y2K features special guests like Maceo Parker, Larry Graham, George Clinton, The Time and Lenny Kravitz and includes hits from across Prince's career ("Let's Go Crazy," "Purple Rain," "1999," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss") plus amazing covers, rarities and cuts from Rave Un2 like "Baby Knows" and "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold."

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Prince

Prince's Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic is available on limited edition purple vinyl for the first time. One of the first full releases for Prince's innovative online subscription service The NPG Music Club, was this remixed version of Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic; highlights include a remix of Hot Wit U that incorporates elements of the Prince-penned Vanity 6 hit Nasty Girl and the previously unreleased "Beautiful Strange."

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Prince

Prince's Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is available on limited edition purple vinyl. Prince had taken quite the ownership of the year 1999, so it was no surprise that the last year of the millennium was one of The Artist's biggest. The album was his only release for Arista Records and the last to be released under his unpronounceable symbol. It features a surprising amount of guest artists (Chuck D, Eve, Gwen Stefani, Shery Crow) and a clutch of radio-friendly tracks ("The Greatest Romance Ever Sold," "So Far," "So Pleased," "Hot Wit U," a cover of Crow's "Everyday Is a Winding Road").

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Alan Parsons

Eleven-time Grammy nominated legendary music icon and master of progressive rock, Alan Parsons will returns with a new album, The Secret . Alan s longtime hobby has been performing magic and this brand new album showcases his own passion for the craft, hence the title The Secret. The album will see a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for. Features guest appearances by Jason Mraz, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), and more. Available in CD, CD + DVD Audio Deluxe Edition, LP, and Box Set formats. Box Set includes CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 180g Gatefold Vinyl, "LiveSpan" 2CD set, Exclusive T-shirt, Poster, Numbered Lithograph (album cover).

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AJR

AJR

Neotheater [LP]

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AJR's highly anticipated follow up album to The Click.

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Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland

Reckless & Me [LP]

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Kiefer Sutherland’s three-decade acting career has made him a familiar face around the globe but his other passion is music. Kiefer’s second album ‘Reckless & Me’ is to be released via BMG on April 26th as follow up of his critically acclaimed 2016’s debut ‘Down In A Hole’. Once again been produced by Jude Cole, with whom Kiefer co-owns the record label Ironworks, ‘Reckless & Me’’ is a 10-track stunning record, consisting of beautifully arranged ballads with Sutherland’s distinctive and unmistakable voice.

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with Fishing for Fishies, perhaps their most perfectly-realized album to date. FfF is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts & shimmies through several moods & terrains. King Gizz are no longer just a band, they’re a youth movement, a cult, an exploration, a double-drumming trip, a cottage vinyl industry.

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Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres release their eponymously titled debut album. Recorded live to capture the essence and spirit of the Puta Madres at a family home overlooking a fishing village in Normandy, over 4 days last summer and mixed in Urchin Studios,London. Engineered by Dan Cox and produced by Jai Stanley. A devastatingly intimate portrait of love, loss, happiness, tragedy, addiction and the power of the human soul to transcend its darker levels. All the songs from the album were road tested over the last 18 months across Europe.

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Foxygen

Seeing Other People is curiously positioned as Foxygen's most recent last-ever album. With every album the band dies; with every album the band is reborn. But unlike the last-ever Foxygen albums before it, this one seems to have a self-effacing bittersweetness to it that signifies some sort of passing; some sort of white flag. But it SOUNDS in no way like a band giving up. It has experiments in tone and genre the likes of which we've not heard on a Foxygen record since... Starpower?; since 21st Century?; since Take the Kids? You don't need our hot take on this thing.

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New Years Day

New Years Day

Unbreakable [LP]

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Appropriately enough for a band named NEW YEARS DAY, their stunning new "Unbreakable" album signifies a new outlook-as well as a high-water mark for the Cali-bred lineup. Yet it was a rocky road to "Unbreakable", as singer Ash Costello explains: "If I had to look at my life like a timeline of colors, when I wrote our last album, 'Malevolence' (2015), it was pitch, charcoal black. But in the last couple years, the band cut off toxic people, built a new business team, and we're stronger than we've ever been. So when we went to make 'Unbreakable', I wanted the process to be fun, to reflect our renewed vibe and energy," she says. "We set out to write the poppiest metal album, or the most metal pop album."On "Unbreakable", that mission is accomplished. It's a dozen intense, boundary-melding songs that may touch on metal or goth, but are ultimately undeniable modern rock 'n' roll tunes, no-holds-barred, done the NEW YEARS DAY way. The public got its first taste of "Unbreakable" in November 2018, with the booming, ultra-dynamic "Skeletons." The song surpassed 1 million worldwide streams, the first proof that "Unbreakable" was going to be unbeatable. It's an album that captures a young band in its creative prime, and a singer solidly in charge of her vision. The album was produced by Mitch Marlow (All That Remains, In This Moment) and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown) and showcases a NEW YEARS DAY stripped bare-literally. The "boys in the band" left behind their white face makeup, which all admit was somewhat of a "safety blanket." Likewise, Costello stripped down her songwriting. "I used to think lyrics needed to have metaphorical veils and be super-dense and paint a picture but leave it up to the interpretation." But for "Unbreakable", she says with characteristic forthrightness: "I was, 'fuck that, I'm literally going to say exactly what I want to say."With the upcoming release and the solid new line-up the members of NEW YEARS DAY finally feel "Unbreakable."

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Bears Den

So That You Might Hear Me is the third album from UK duo Bear's Den and its debut release on US label Rounder Records. The album was recorded in Seattle with Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes) and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Kassabian). Bear's Den consists of multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones and Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Andrew Davie, who have spent the first five years as a band touring tirelessly around the world. Stepping into their next chapter, So That You Might Hear Me is the band's most ambitious record to date.

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Fontaines D.C.

The last twelve months have seen Fontaines D.C. release four hotly received double A-side singles, all of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of KEXP, Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish and UK publication. Now the Dublin band return with their debut record, Dogrel. On the short and punchy opening track, "Big," frontman Grian sings "My childhood was small, but I'm gonna be big", and that, they certainly will be. Dogrel is a debut which is best enjoyed as a whole; it is very much in the grand tradition of the album as art form, just as this is a band very much in the classic band mold: great singles, an indefatigable work ethic and an utter aversion to standing still.

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Kelly Finnigan

Kelly Finnigan's debut solo album for Colemine Records represents the culmination of his 15 years of experience - in the studio as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer - and touring the US and Europe as a singer, musician, and band-leader. The content within reflects his dedication to expression through the rich American music traditions of soul, gospel, doo-wop, and R&B. The subject is love. It's ecstasies and heartaches. Love sought, found, betrayed, lost, and rediscovered. The result is a marvelous collection of songs and performances that run the gamut from whispering tenderness to roaring appeals; from lean and mean to lush and lovely. And always... always, manifestly honest, and undeniably soulful. With Finnigan guiding these songs from their conception all the way to the record pressing plant, the new release provides the singular voice missing from soul music: a visionary that writes, records, performs and produces his own material.

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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott

Nothing To Do Town EP

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A Louisiana native with a lifelong passion for Country music, Dylan Scott is the total package - a powerful singer with a deep, resonating drawl; an old-soul songwriter with a young spirit; a heartthrob with an easy smile; and a dreamer who followed his father's footsteps to Nashville. Prior to landing his record deal, Scott learned the basics of singing and playing guitar from his dad - a former guitar player for Country legends Freddy Fender and Freddie Hart. Dylan launched onto the Country music scene with "Making This Boy Go Crazy," the debut single from his self-titled EP. His follow-up, the infectious "Crazy Over Me," debuted at #14 on the Billboard Country Digital Song Sales chart and hit the Top 40 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. Scott's debut album for Curb Records, DYLAN SCOTT, landed in the Top 5 of Billboard's Country Albums chart, and its romantic standout RIAA PLATINUM-certified single, "My Girl," became his FIRST CAREER #1 at Country radio, followed by the propulsive Top 5 song, "Hooked." Fans have streamed Scott's songs a staggering 550M times and counting, and sales have topped 4M song equivalent sales - figures that continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Dylan is currently headlining the "Nothing To Do Town" Tour with special guest, Seth Ennis.

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Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky

Droneflower is in bloom. The new collaboration between Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man), is a sprawling and expansive exercise in contrasts. It is the sound of the war between the brutal and the ethereal, the dark and the light, the past and the present, and the real and imagined. Brodsky met Nadler for the first time in 2014 at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar when he came to see her play on her July tour, and they quickly became friends. Both of them had been wanting to explore songwriting that didn't fit into their existing projects, and they soon became energized by the prospect of working together. One of the first ideas they discussed was a horror movie soundtrack, and while Droneflower isn't that, it is a richly cinematic album. It's easy to imagine much of the record set to images, though it wasn't composed that way.

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Altin Gun

Altin Gun

Gece [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Creme LP]

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Altin Gun was inspired by founder Jasper Verhulst’s passion for both Turkish folk music & psychedelia. Their new record Gece firmly establishes the band as masterful interpreters of Anatolian rock/folk & leading voice in the emergent global psych scene. It’s electric Turkish history reimagined for the 21st century, filled with funk-like grooves & explosive psychedelic textures. It’s the sound of a band both committed to its sources & excitedly transforming them.

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Bailen

BAILEN’s musicality springs from a very deep well, in fact, it’s in their DNA. Raised in New York City by their classically trained parents, siblings Daniel, David and Julia Bailen (fraternal twins and younger sister, respectively) immersed themselves in a record collection that included Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Carole King and The Band. Produced by GRAMMY-Award winner John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War on Drugs) the transcendent harmonies, striking arrangements and meticulous songcraft of BAILEN’s debut album, Thrilled To Be Here, are rooted in the young group’s unusual self-assurance, preternatural insight and potent lyrical bite.

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George Benson

George Benson

Walking To New Orleans [LP]

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George Benson gets back to Americana basics on Walking to New Orleans, the jazz guitar legend's double-barreled tribute to both piano-pounding hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry. Walking To New Orleans is out on April 26, 2019 on Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records. The album toggles between tracks written and/or recorded by Berry and Domino as though Benson were moderating a musical conversation between Missouri and Louisiana. It kicks off with a rock-solid rendition of Berry's 1964 post-incarceration story song "Nadine (Is It You?)," which Benson makes his own by scatting in unison with his guitar solo. Then a horn section pumps up Fats's 1951 R&B hit "Rockin' Chair" and his first R&B-pop crossover smash, "Ain't That a Shame," from 1955, with Benson's guitar standing in swingingly for the originals' sax solos. The Chuck Berry songbook is also represented on Walking to New Orleans by the good-timey "You Can't Catch Me," the sinuous "Havana Moon," the rollicking "Memphis, Tennessee," and the bluesy "How You've Changed." Fats Domino weighs in with the rollicking "I Hear You Knocking," "Blue Monday," and the album's iconic title track.

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Reigning Sound

Reigning Sound

Abdication...For Your Love [Red LP]

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Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright, Abdication... For Your Love was originally available solely as a promotional giveaway. This 2019 reissue marks the first wide release of the record. In a 2011 review of the album, the A.V. Club wrote, "Reigning Sound's allegiance is to producing great songs that move feet and rip out hearts, not to any particular scene or fashionable pose." Paste also described it as a collection of "nicely recorded songs that sometimes rock, sometimes don't, but are always well put together."

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Enforcer

Enforcer

Zenith

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Since forming in 2004 the Swedish quartet ENFORCER have simply refused to be pigeonholed. Whether it’s tours with DESTRUCTION and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM or DARK TRANQUILLITY and SWALLOW THE SUN the band has tried to exist with no artistic limitations. Enforcer’s previous two albums, 2015’s “From Beyond” and 2013’s “From Beyond”, were celebrations of the origins of heavy metal. On “Zenith” the band set out to make the biggest heavy metal album of all time. Written, produced and recorded by the band at Hvergelmer Studios and Soundtrade Studios Enforcer spent two and a half years creating what would become “Zenith”
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Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Designer [LP]

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An artist of rare calibre, Aldous Harding does more than sing; she conjures a singular intensity. Her body and face a weapon of theatre, Harding dances with steeled fervor, baring her teeth like a Bunraku puppet’s gnashing grin. Her debut release with 4AD, 2017’s Party (produced with the award-winning John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) introduced a new pulse to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where the likes of Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. In April, Aldous Harding returns with Designer less than two years after the breakthrough album. “Haunting.” - NPR “Quiet, cryptic, utterly arresting...her exposed voice is riveting, changing character from song to song.” - NY Times “Harding maintains the quiet charm of her past work, while embracing a new role as a chanteuse of sorts” - Pitchfork

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Nine Shrines

Nine Shrines

Retribution Therapy [Red LP]

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Cleveland, Ohio quintet NINE SHRINES arose on the scene in 2014 from the ashes of aggressive 00’s Ohio band pedigree: drummer Andrew Wetzel (Attack Attack!), bassist Devon Voisine and lead guitarist Andrew Baylis, (Life on Repeat), rhythm guitarist Even McKeever (Downplay), and singer Chris Parketny (Strangers to Wolves). Nine Shrines grew from their previous efforts to build something powerful. Their new album, Retribution Therapy, sees a band truly coming into their own. Nine Shrines blend the most extreme elements of active-rock/metal-core with well-crafted, melodic songwriting. Sharing the stage with Volbeat, Halestorm, Chimaira, Shinedown, All That Remains, and Nonpoint made waves nationwide. It’s all given rise to the intensity of Retribution Therapy. Retribution Therapy was produced by Dan Korneff (My Chemical Romance,I Prevail, Pierce The Veil, All that Remains, Papa Roach).

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Lord Dying

Lord Dying

Mysterium Tremendum [LP]

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“We set out to write a record about life, and it ended up being about death,” says Lord Dying guitarist/vocalist Erik Olson about the band’s third studio album Mysterium Tremendum. While the new record centers around death (and you bet your ass it’s a double-LP concept album), it focuses more on what awaits us on the other side (while also exploring our culture’s fear of dying, and the struggles with our own mortality). The ideas for the concept have been kicking around for some time, but it’s fitting that they’re only nowcoming to fruition. At the core of these Portland, Oregon, heavy metal titans is Olsonand guitarist Chris Evans, who’ve been making music together since fifth grade. They formed Lord Dying before they had a name or a record when another Portland powerhouse Red Fang beckoned them to open some shows for them in 2010. Two records and countless live performances—including tours with Voivod and Crowbar—followed. Mysterium Tremendum is the record Olson and Evans have wanted to make since the band’s inception. It’s easily Lord Dying’s most musically diverse album, but one that could only be made following the band’s jackhammer 2013 debut ​Summon the Faithless, and 2015’s brooding Poisoned Altars. “It’s more along the lines of what we wanted to do early on,” says Evans.

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