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The Acid – Liminal CD/LP (Mute)

“Prepare to fall into a dark, electronic summer haze: the debut album from transatlantic three-piece The Acid is here, and it’s every bit the broody, boundary-crushing gem their early tracks suggested it would be. Colliding lo-fi indie with booming post-Burial bass music influences, the trio – cult Aussie songwriter Ry X, Brighton-based Grammy nominee Adam Freeland and L.A.-born Drake collaborator Steve Nalepa – first grabbed our attention last year with ‘The Creeper,’ a three minute slow-burn of scuttling Portishead-style beats and breathy Thom Yorke vocals.” – NME

Marsha Ambrosius – Friends & Lovers CD (RCA)

The British R&B singer/songwriter’s sophomore album features production from Marsha, Pop & Oak, Da Internz, Eric Hudson, The Justice League and more.

The Atlantic Family – Live At Montreaux [1978] CD (Wounded Bird)

First time on CD for this super session featuring all the great jazz artists signed to Atlantic Records in the early 1970s. This set features Don Ellis, Herbie Mann, Joe Farrell, The Brecker Brothers, Luther Vandross, Klaus Doldinger, Sonny Fortune, Ben E. King, David Newman, Richard Tee and a host of others.

Betraying The Martyrs – Phantom CD (Sumerian)

This Paris, France based metal band is a venerable freight-train of aggression with blazing harmonies, captivating hooks and bombastic off-time precision.

Big Wreck – Ghosts CD (Zoe)

“Big Wreck has often flirted with progressive rock, particularly on their earlier material, and even on Ghosts, while the band might at first glance come off as a somewhat generic modern rock band, close listening reveals some impressively intricate layering and a diverse palette of sounds that is subtle and deceptively simple-sounding.” – Sputnik Music 

Bleachers – Strange Desire CD/LP (RCA)

Strange Desire is the debut album from this new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. “I was very conscious about making an album that didn’t sound like eleven singles,” Antonoff told Billboard in March, after Bleachers had played its first few live shows. The album was written and produced by Antonoff, with co-producer John Hill and Vince Clarke helping with the project. “I Wanna Get Better,” the lead single from the album, was released in February and has received a music video directed by Antonoff’s girlfriend, Lena Dunham.

Botch – An Anthology Of Dead Ends [Reissue/2002] CD/LP (Hydra Head)

As with all Botch recordings this six-song mini-album is a monstrous concoction of metal, noise, indie rock guitar trickery, full of depth and minute secrets which slowly secrete themselves with successive listens.

Henry Butler/Steven Bernstein And The Hot 9 – Viper’s Drag CD/2xLP (Impulse!/Blue Note)

Viper’s Drag is the happy collision of two perfectly matched musical sensibilities—that of the New Orleans singer/pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein — two students of early jazz with decidedly modern voices.

Paul Butterfield’s Better Days – Live At Winterland Ballroom CD (Wounded Bird)

Reissue of this rare live album. Paul Butterfield set the standards in the 1960s and 1970s for kick-ass white electric blues.

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The 13th Floor Elevators – Live Elevation Lost 2xCD/3xLP (Charly)

Live Elevation Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live At The Houston Music Theatre is the first ever release of the complete performance of the band’s legendary show from February 18, 1967.

’68 – In Humor And Sadness CD (E1)

The noisy, rambling, shambling, southern-fried, punk-infused, heavy metal hardcore band has long rejected the conventions of the genre that surrounds them by refusing to conform to established structures. ‘68s’ sound and presentation owe more to At The Drive In, Refused, Nirvana or even the Sex Pistols in spirit and vibe than the formulaic processed sounds of their contemporaries.

Amberian Dawn – Magic Forest CD (Napalm)

Amberian Dawn’s melodic symphonic power metal offers the whole spectrum of fast double bass hymns, symphonic epics and magical dream-like parts. Capri crowns the sophisticated arrangements with her beautiful voice and stunning vocal lines.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Live At Rockpalast 2009 CD (Made In Germany Music)

Live set recorded at Live Music Hall in Cologne, German in support of The Century Of Self album released earlier that year. Also available on stand-alone DVD.

Benny No-Good – I Am You CDEP (East Grand Record Co.)

Benny No-Good started playing punk and metal 20 years ago, and is the frontman for Indiana’s hardcore punk band The Enders. While the three-piece group is his main project, there’s always room for another musical outlet, especially when the songs’ subject matter doesn’t lend themselves well to screaming and vitriol. The songs on this debut solo EP range from five years to just a couple of months old at the time of release, and range from straightforward singer/songwriter material, protest themes, and Irish-traditional influenced ballads.

Blackberry Smoke – Leave A Scar: Live In North Carolina CD (Blackberry Smoke)

Mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country; Blackberry Smoke has earned a passionate fan base that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. Also available on stand-alone DVD. 

James Blackshaw – Fantomas: Le Faux Magistrat CD/LP (Tompkins Square)

In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013. Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favorite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.

Braid – No Coast CD/LP (Top Shelf)

Braid’s first full-length in 16 years is an immediate, energetic album that completely eschews the traditional “reunion record” expectation of older people making slower, softer music. A large part of that can be attributed to the group’s rhythm section, Todd Bell (bass) and Damon Atkinson (drums), who have played in lockstep with one another for more than 15 years and whose musical chemistry is undeniable.

Rick Braun – Can You Feel It CD (Artistry)

Rick Braun is a true superstar of the contemporary/pop jazz genre. A hot ticket as a solo artist Rick also headlines several top-grossing jazz packages.

Bright Light Bright Light – Life Is Easy CD/LP (Self Raising Records)

Life Is Easy builds on the success of Bright Light Bright Light’s debut pop album. Enlisting Elton John for a duet, Scissor Sisters’ Del Marquis for guitar and vocals, and Iggy Azelia/Jessie J producers the Invisible Men for production, Life Is Easy packs a pop punch to match major label offerings.

Darren Brown – Analgesic/Calmative CD (After Music)

New release from the modern composer, noisemaker and performer – his first solo release in a decade. Analgesic/Calmative is a deep mixture of guitars and field recordings, noise and electronics, vocals and random words.

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Air Dubai – Be Calm CD (Hopeless)

Known for their highly energetic live show, Air Dubai’s sound combines hip-hop, R&B, jazz, and alternative rock styles.

Bad Suns – Language & Perspective CD/LP (Vagrant)

Comprised of eleven tracks, Language & Perspective moves effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the Bad Suns’ stadium ready anthems and undeniably catchy hooks. 

Beverly – Career CD/LP (Kanine)

Frankie Rose is well known for playing, writing, and singing in many bands. You might know some as The Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, The Dum Dum Girls, and even her own Frankie Rose band. But being such a prolific artist that she is, she has too much to not do. So for this new band, she enlisted her best friend, Drew and conquered up the spirit of Thelma And Louise to make some raw and raucous girl garage do-op that you can actually sing and dance to.

Bon Jovi – New Jersey [Reissue/1988] CD/2xCD/2xCD+DVD (Island/UMe)

Digitally remastered edition of the AOR band’s multi-platinum 1988 album, released to coincide with their 30th Anniversary. Available in a range of editions: Standard single-disc remastered edition; Deluxe edition which adds three bonus tracks and a disc of demos entitled 13 Sons Of Beaches, remixed exclusively for this reissue; and a Super Deluxe edition which adds a DVD  featuring the 88 minute behind-the-scenes documentary Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey, expanded packaging, and more.

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