Priscilla Ahn – This Is Where We Are CD (SQE Music)
Like many artists before her, Priscilla Ahn went to the desert seeking transformation. After several albums with a team who’d paired her with co-writers not quite her style, Ahn was free. But after those years of pop contortion, she began to doubt her own ability to express her true self in song. Ahn went to the desert as a dare — to see what songs still lived in her, to prove just what kind of record she could make on her own. She took off from L.A. and holed up in a hotel room outside Palm Springs (a 1920′s getaway for Hollywood stars) to apply herself to her craft. The songs came immediately, sometimes fully formed. Within the week Ahn had an album.
Artgruppe – Objets D’artgruppe CD (Jigsaw)
It’s been nearly a decade since we last heard anything from Roy Thirlwal (who led the excellent Windmills and Melodie Group), but here we have this project, and it’s just as lovely as anything else in his musical oeuvre. If you know his other bands, then you’ll have a good idea of what to expect; if not, then imagine an updated version of East Village or The Orchids.
Greg Ashley – Another Generation Of Slaves CD/LP+MP3 (Trouble In Mind)
Greg Ashley (lysergic psych band The Mirrors and The Gris Gris) is no stranger to recording. If his group output wasn’t enough, Ashley has peppered multiple solo albums in between all of these releases tracing along a path that veers to and fro from heady psychedelic freakouts to sensitive, folky tune-smithing. This is a bold step off that acid-soaked artery, as the nine tunes herein are Ashley’s most directly poetic suite of songs both melodically and lyrically.
Barzin – To Live Alone In That Long Summer CD/LP (Monotreme)
To Live Alone In That Long Summer explores such themes as loneliness, intimacy, and connection between strangers. Modern life provides the backdrop to the narrative that run along these songs. Everywhere you look, the city, with its distractions, is present. Fast cars and cheap thrills make an appearance. Dylan sings on the radio while lovers dream of their great escape. Modern life hurries along taking everyone with it, and the singer/songwriter goes along for the ride, documenting everything along the way.
Beck – Morning Phase CD/LP (Capitol)
Morning Phase is true to its title: the beginning of yet another amazing chapter in Beck’s peerless career and catalogue. Featuring musicians who have backed him on many of his most acclaimed albums, as well as the current live shows widely hailed as the best of his career (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner), Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of Beck’s most classic ballads, all the while surging forward with undeniable optimism. “A tenderly stunning song cycle of languid, prairie-dusted psychedelia that recalls reflective 2002 classic, Sea Change.” — Rolling Stone
Dierks Bentley – Riser CD (Capitol Nashville)
Seventh full-length album for Capitol from the Arizona-born country star follows his 2012 album Home. Features the singles “Bourbon in Kentucky” and “I Hold On.”
Blackstone Rngrs – Descendant CD (Sainte Marie)
Blackstone Rngrs clawed their way through North Texas’s urban mantle, finding the blood connections necessary to drink from their fermenting sonic emotions. The sacred marriage blends affection for modern electronic music with an urgent fetish for classic 4AD dreampop and noise. The orgy happens when swirls of orgasmic synthesizers embrace dripping guitars and tantric rhythms and pulses. Healthy doses of noise are always comforted by soft waterbeds of the ambient and dreamy.
Adrenaline Mob – Men Of Honor CD (Century Media)
Adrenaline Mob — featuring Symphony X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), Disturbed bassist John Moyer and new drummer A.J Pero (Twisted Sister) — release their second full length album. Vinyl version due March 4.
The Allman Brothers Band – Peaches Picked: Boston Commons 8/17/71 CD (Allman Brothers Band Recording Company)
The fifth album issued by the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company returns to the Duane Allman-led outfit in a moment of triumph. The group’s outdoor appearance in Boston occurred six weeks after the release of their breakthrough album, At Fillmore East, and ten weeks before Allman’s death.
The Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theater 1992 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
This new double-disc set showcases The Allman Brothers Band’s very first time playing an extended ten-night run at the Beacon.
Altitudes & Attitude – Altitudes & Attitude CDEP (MRI)
New project from longtime friends/bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax) and David Ellefson (Megadeth).
Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation CD (Profound Lore)
A cosmic dose of complex brutality, Labyrinth Constellation fits neatly alongside the other denizens of Profound Lore’s twisted death metal contingent: Portal, Mitochondrion, Grave Miasma, Abyssal, and newcomers Auroch and Chthe’ilist.
Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain [Reissue/1983] CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. In his new liner notes for this reissue, David Fricke calls High Land, Hard Rain “ten songs of anxious yearning, romantic urgency, big hurt and hard-won learning, distilled into compact dramas of buckskin-folk jangle and skewed-pop elegance.”
William Basinski – A Red Score In Tile [Reissue/2003] CD (2026)
Composed in 1979, A Red Score In Tile eventually surfaced as a vinyl-only edition in 2003. Made up of piano, the album showcases Basinski’s patented tape-loop technique and represents one of his most affecting pieces of music.
William Basinski – Variations: A Movement In Chrome Primitive [Reissue/2004] 2xCD (2026)
Variations was created using more piano tape loops, which were played randomly against themselves creating feedback loops. By “cloning” small cells of melody then “breeding” them randomly, new sounds were formed. These new sounds move in and out of the original cells, creating a complex crystalline structure, a new life form not unlike a city for example, which the original cells occupy in multitudes, moving in and out of one another in infinite combinations.
Bayside – Cult CD/LP (Hopeless)
Cult marks Bayside’s first release on Hopeless Records and is their sixth full-length overall.
Bear Hands – Distraction CD/LP (Cantora)
Distraction is a violently self-assured record that sees the quartet distilling their anxieties and pleasures alike into perfectly twisted pop nuggets. After releasing their debut LP Burning Bush Supper Club, Bear Hands crisscrossed America opening for the legendary GZA, Passion Pit, and AWOLNATION only to return home to Brooklyn and be distracted by the minutia of modern life and shallow urbanity. While avoiding each other for months, the band frittered away their time with help from the internet, serial monogamy, and recreational drugs.
Bootstraps – Bootstraps  CD (Harvest)
Bootstraps began with a small, simple goal — to write a few songs for a friend’s feature film. Since then, their eponymous record has blossomed into what Liza Richardson, KCRW DJ and music supervisor calls, ”Strong songwriting bathed in an instantly likable, intimate vibe”. Which warrants this re-release to a larger audience. Vinyl version due April 15.
Jonatha Brooke – My Mother Has 4 Noses CD (Bad Dog Records)
Companion release to Jonatha Brooke’s new musical play, written and performed by Jonatha herself and now playing on Broadway. “Who knew the distinguished New York singer/songwriter was such a good actress, comedian and writer? Her one-woman play with music about her mother’s dementia was poignant, powerful and funny.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Paul Byrom – Thinking Of Home CD (Shanachie)
Recorded in Ireland, Thinking Of Home finds Paul giving a classic tenor’s interpretation of some of the greatest and best loved Irish songs of all time, including “Danny Boy,” “The Town I Loved So Well,” “Dear Old Dublin” and others.
Abandon All Ships – Malocchio CD (Rise)
Back again with their unique brand of Europop-infused hardcore, Abandon All Ships is following up their debut album Geeving (2010) and sophomore release Infamous (2012).
Band Of Horses – Acoustic At The Ryman CD/LP+MP3 (Brown Records)
A 10-song virtual “greatest hits” set of acoustic renditions of songs from across the Band Of Horses catalog, recorded at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium over two nights in April 2013. Available on CD and on HQ-180gm vinyl.
Frankie Ballard – Sunshine & Whiskey CD (Warner Nashville)
The title couldn’t be more fitting for the rising newcomer, who has launched into the Top 20 at Country radio with the smash “Helluva Life.”
Bastard Noise/Lack Of Interest – Bastard Noise/Lack Of Interest CD/LP (Deep Six)
Features four brand new songs from Bastard Noise and nine new songs from Lack Of Interest.
Bavaria – We’ll Take A Dive CD/LP (n5MD)
Bavaria is John Tejada and Kimi Recor. While We’ll Take A Dive is the first for the duo’s newly cemented partnership they have appeared as guests on each other’s releases for nearly a decade. They decided to exclude any extraneous instrumentation so that Tejada could focus solely on his modular synth programming while Recor took on the role to provide that all-too-vital human element by way of her silky vocal delivery. The album highlights the duo’s deftness in getting maximal use from their instruments of choice while creating a superb darkly hued electronic pop album that showcases its own unique strain of affecting tension and restraint.
Bike For Three! – So Much Forever CD (Fake Four Inc.)
Bike For Three! is Joëlle Lê and Buck 65. Their new album, So Much Forever, opens with the sound of a solitary heart beating underscored by Joëlle’s eerie, soothing atmospherics. From there the urgency of “Full Moon” kicks in and Buck 65 is at the podium, unraveling his innermost thoughts through tightly knit stanzas and abstracted fragments. Vinyl version due March 25.
Blondfire – Young Heart CD/LP (Tender Tender Rush)
Blondfire is songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Erica Driscoll and her brother Bruce. The two have been playing together since they were kids growing up in Grand Rapids, MI. Their new album channels the irresistible synth-pop feel of British new wave bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, OMD and Pet Shop Boys, as well as the larger-than-life arena-rock ambitions of U2, Coldplay, and even Arcade Fire.
Breton – War Room Stories CD/LP (Believe Recordings)
War Room Stories was written during a year spent touring incessantly and playing festivals across the world. It was recorded this summer at the Funkhaus in Berlin — a building with the same otherworldly weirdness as Breton’s beloved creative HQ, The Lab in south London. Breton also employed the services of the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra who appear on five tracks throughout the album. The band recorded the tracks earmarked for orchestration on a laptop, translated them into sheet music and flew to Macedonia where the 44 piece orchestra then played them live in the studio