The Reason you Read This to the Bottom: New Release Friday Madness!
Pack up the fam and get down to Licorice Pizza before these platters get cold.
Art Alexis - Sun Songs (BMG)
The frontman for ‘90s bouncy alternative band Everclear releases his first solo album. It features a more stripped-down sound. He can’t be everything to everyone.
Babymetal - Metal Galaxy (Cooking Vinyl)
This Japanese band’s third album features hot guitar riffs sometimes set against spacey synths. If it sounds like you’re immersed in an intense video game, well, that’s probably the intent.
Big Thief - Two Hands (4AD)
Wait, didn’t this superb indie band just put out an album in May? Guess they’re not content to just appear on the year-end best-of lists; they want to dominate them.
Bodega - Shiny New Model (What’s Your Rupture)
This New York band practices a poppy version of post-punk that’s so infectious that you just might want to keep this cassette in your Walkman all autumn long.
Elbow - Giants of All Sizes (Polydor/Verve)
On their eighth album, this British proggy alternative band sounds like early Peter Gabriel. The sound is moody but rather uplifting; not an easy trick to pull off.
Kim Gordon - No Home Record (Matador)
It’s been eight years since legendary indie band Sonic Youth fell apart. And so did Gordon’s marriage to Thurston Moore. At last, she has recorded a solo album, and it’s every bit as artsy and angsty as you’d expect.
Starcrawler - Devour You (Rough Trade)
How many times have we heard that rock ’n’ roll is dead? Kids don’t play loud guitars anymore, we are told. On their second album, Los Angeles’ Starcrawler says F you to that.
Wale - Wow … That’s Crazy (Warner)
Known as an expert lyricist, this Washington DC rapper also creates sonicscapes that envelope the listener. Smart, soulful hip-hop — that’s not crazy; that’s Wale.