CD + Vinyl:

The Abigails – Tundra CD/LP/Cassette (Burger)

Killer satanic outlaw acid country in the vein of Lee Hazlewood, Gun Club, and Country Teasers.

Adrenaline Rush – Adrenaline Rush CD (Frontiers)

Fronted by vocalist Tåve Wanning (formerly part of the teen-pop duo, Peaches), Adrenaline Rush lights up the hard rock scene with a lethal dose of heavy guitars, infectious hooks and full blown rock & roll attitude.

Noel Akchote - Madrigals For Five Guitars CD (Blue Chopsticks)

The polyphonic music of late Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) still fascinates for its forward-looking chromaticism and its stark, unpredictable shifts in character. His fifth and sixth Books Of Madrigals from 1611 construct a world of their own – a distinctive body of work that has found adherents as diverse as Igor Stravinsky (who orchestrated Gesualdo madrigals in his 1960 Momentum Pro Gesualdo), Werner Herzog (who directed the macabre, fanciful 1995 Gesualdo documentary Death For Five Voices), and now the French guitarist Noel Akchote.

Ashrae Fax – Never Really Been Into It CD/LP (Mexican Summer)

The legacy of North Carolina’s Ashrae Fax seems destined to be appreciated in retrospect, in no small part given to the tremendous power of the group’s 2003 release Static Crash!, reissued twice from its initial CD-R run before appearing on Mexican Summer last year. The goth/ethereal duo of vocalist Renee Mendoza and producer/guitarist Alex Chesney had built a long, strange and mostly undocumented legacy prior to that release, and Never Really Been Into It extends the tale back even further.

Asia – High Voltage CD+DVD (Frontiers)

Recorded July 24, 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this live CD+DVD captures Asia, with the original line-up, performing classic material from the ’80s, plus songs from the first two albums of their reunion, Phoenix and Omega.

Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen: Resurrected 2xCD+DVD/4xLP+DVD (Hopeless)

This expanded version of Avenged Sevenfold’s 2003 album includes a disc of rare demos and live tracks, new artwork, the music video for “Unholy Confessions,” and a 30 minute film featuring the present day band.

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CDs:

3+ – Kazesarai CD (Time Released Sound)

The gentle beauty of Kazesarai is somewhat minimalistic: it is an electronically treated piano-based journey into a fantasy landscape of gently rustling bamboo and reeds, flowing rivers, and mountainous mist — the stuff that dreams are made of.

Accept – Blind Rage CD (Nuclear Blast)

After quite a few years away from the visible hard rock scene, Germany’s legendary Accept have returned to the metal forefront with an elated new singer and a new album.

Apache Dropout – Heavy Window CD/LP (Magnetic South)

After three LPs and a clutch of 45s, Southern Indiana’s Apache Dropout have loosened an adherence to the divine mono sound and forged a scaly stereo technique for Heavy Window. This is a deeper, blown out swagger of peer-less rock & roll filtered through a lush three-dimensional spectrum. Just as their self-titled debut snapped heads back, Apache Dropout has proven again they can rescore the garage rock aesthetic and remain undisputed purveyors of true lysergic North American boogie.

ArnoCorps – The Greatest Band of All Time [Reissue/2005] CD (Alternative Tentacles)

Reissue of this 2005 album from the action adventure hardcore rock & roll band.

Bahamas – Bahamas Is Alfie CD/LP (Brushfire)

The third full-length album from Afie Jurvanen, who performs as Bahamas. Bahamas Is Afie is the first self-produced album from the Ontario-based musician. With this record he pursued a far more complex sound than on prior releases and is responsible for the majority of the instrumentation. The album follows 2011′s Barchords, which was praised for being “a reserved yet melodically rewarding exploration of rewarding exploration of relationships and heartache” by The New Yorker.

Liam Bailey – Definitely Now CD (Sony Masterworks)

British soul rocker Liam Bailey’s debut album combines American R&B, down-home rock & roll, transportive psychedelia and blistering blues riffs into a deft personal statement about battling your demons and finding life-affirming joy in music. He sings with a raw expressiveness that has been compared to Bob Marley and Sam Cooke, yet his songwriting style references post punk bands like The Smiths and Oasis.

Michael Barnett – One Song Romance CD (Compass)

Fiddler Mike Barnett is at the forefront of the new crop of acoustic instrumentalists that are redefining American string band music. His musical vision comes across in Technicolor on One Song Romance, his first solo outing for Compass Records, establishing him as one of the pre-eminent fiddle players, singers and writers on the acoustic music scene.

Beach Day – Native Echoes CD/LP (Kanine)

Native Echoes is the second album from the Hollywood, FL based garage rock/girl group with a male drummer.

Genevieve Bellemare – Live And Die CDEP (Verve)

“Bellemare’s beyond-her-years vocal work evokes the fragile, elegiac croon of Billie Holiday.”—Eugene Weekly

Eric Benét – The Other One CD (SPV)

The Other One is a departure from Eric’s familiar sleek R&B roots, offering instead an innovative sound journey that is anything but typical. Electro soul fused with drum ‘n’ bass influences, ambient atmospherics and of course Benét’s sublime vocals.

Better Than Ezra – Surprise [1989] CD (Liaison)

First time on CD for the 1989 debut release from the alt-rock band, which was originally released on cassette-only.

Elvin Bishop – Can’t Do Wrong CD (Alligator)

Legendary blues guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Elvin Bishop returns with a new album.

Bishop Allen – Lights Out CD/LP (Dead Oceans)

Lights Out features 12 new songs from the Brooklyn band. A press release explains that the album sounds like a party record at first, but then reveals a bleaker side. “Listen to what this guy’s singing. And realize that this record is not what you thought it was at all. Goddamnit! Bait-and-switch! These songs are downright melancholic!” (Limited copies also available on white vinyl.)

Wil Blades – Field Notes CD (The Royal Potato Family)

Having released a critically acclaimed co-led duo album Shimmy with Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin in 2012, Blades returns with a deeply soulful and sinuous nine-track effort, Field Notes, on which he’s found fronting his own trio featuring Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and New Orleans’ drummer Simon Lott. From the recording’s outset, it’s easy to picture Blades fingers free-flowing across the keys, feet gliding along the bass pedals in a continuous dance. Vinyl version due September 9.

Bogart & Appice – Friends CD (Cleopatra)

Longtime partners in crime and one of the tightest rhythm sections in all of rock music, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, team up with musical friends and family for Friends. Features Vanilla Fudge alumni Bill Pascali, Teddy Rodinelli, and Vince Martell plus special guests T.M. Stevens (James Brown/The Pretenders) and Brian Auger (Rod Stewart).

Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker CD/LP (ATO)

Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer/songwriter. He is influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. Benjamin Booker’s debut self-titled album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff).

Botanist – VI: Flora CD/LP (The Flenser)

VI: Flora continues the story of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. Seated upon his throne of Veltheimia in the Verdant Realm, his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world. While recent albums detailed a misanthropic master plan for the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants, VI: Flora focuses rather on the wondrous beauty of the plants themselves through a gauzy haze of dreamlike sound.

Cory Branan – The No Hit Wonder CD/LP (Bloodshot)

Throughout his decade-and-a-half-long career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), and a hyper-dynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder.

The Brokeoffs – Restless Leg CD (Transdreamer)

Restless Leg was recorded at home, six acres in rural Georgia. A few songs were tracked in an empty stock trailer, some outside and the rest in a purpose built outbuilding that resembles a shed more than it does a studio.

Chuck Brown & The Chuck Brown Band – Beautiful Life CD (Raw Venture)

Posthumous new release from the Godfather of Go Go. Beautiful Life contains an intro by Doug E Fresh, collaborations with rapper Wale, R&B diva Faith Evans, R&B star Raheem DeVaughn, local DC icon Sugar Bear, gospel singer Y’Anna Crawley, as well as new songs by The Chuck Brown Band.

Buckcherry – F**k CD (F-Bomb)

New album from the L.A. based rockers.

Buddy – Last Call For The Quiet Life CD/LP (Stove Punchin’ Records)

Buddy, the evolving collection of Los Angeles-based musicians lead by a man named Buddy, returns with their sophomore release and with it a subtle transformation from cinematic, singer/songwriting, self-proclaimed “wimpy core” to “fully realized orchestral pop, both lush and evocative” (Kevin Bronson – Buzzbands L.A.).

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CDs:

Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank CD/LP (Sargent House)

Adebisi Shank is a three-piece instrumental rock band from Wexford and Dublin, Ireland. The self-styled “robot rock” act fuses frenetic hardcore-influenced math rock with the epic scope of post-rock, the freewheeling intensity of heavy metal, and the dancefloor-shredding sensibilities of electronic dance music.

Adore – Infamy Of The Black Legions CD (Adore)

Debut from the New Orleans black metal multi-instrumentalist Shantell Daggs aka Adore. At times haunting and unsettling, Infamy Of The Black Legions is one of the most whispered about black metal titles in a long time.

Kris Allen – Horizons CD (Dogbear)

Third full-length album from the singer/songwriter and former American Idol winner. Horizons sharpens Allen’s songcraft and brings a more boldly open-hearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop/rock than ever before. Kris’ first independently released album finds him reaching a new level of sophistication in his melody-minded songwriting while fully tapping into his natural grace as a singer and guitarist.

Ben Bennett/Jack Wright – Tangle CD (Public Eyesore)

Featuring Bennett on drums and percussion, and Wright on alto and soprano saxophone, the duo weaves pure spontaneous improvisation in which the players allow for anything to happen.

Billy Thermal – Billy Thermal CD (Omnivore)

Unreleased 1980 album from ace songwriter with five #1 singles. Before Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Pretenders, and Heart had mega-hits with his songs, Billy Steinberg was the leader of California’s Billy Thermal. Billy Thermal contains the original versions of songs later made famous by superstars like Linda Ronstadt—who took “How Do I Make You” to the Top 10 in 1980, Pat Benatar—who named her third album after Steinberg’s “Precious Time” and Rick Nelson—who cut “Don’t Look At Me” on his last album of new material, Playing To Win.

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CDs: 

The 69 Cats – Transylvanian Tapes CD (Cleopatra)

Debut album from the gothabilly supergroup featuring 69 Eyes vocalist Jyrki rockin’ out with head cat six-string slinger Danny B. Harvey, former Cramps bassist Scott Chopper Franklin, and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. Features a guest appearance by Wanda Jackson. 

Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk CD (Heads Up)

New release from the jazz saxophonist. Albright continues his reign supreme as urban jazz’ most compelling and consistent artist. Fans will enjoy his searing and soulful sax lines on this 12-track recording.

Alestorm – Sunset On The Golden Age CD/CD+DVD (Napalm)

Catchy songs with an abundance of parrots and eye patches showcase the piratical life on the seven seas. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD.

Amp Live – Headphone Concerto CD (Plug Research)

Through his knowledge of hip-hop, electronica, jazz and indie music, Amp Live weaves a sonic tapestry that ebbs and flows in movements. Each song has touches and flourishes from multiple genres and it will depend on the individual how each track is perceived. The cello may stand out more to those who have studied music, the drums may attract the hip-hop heads and dancefloor junkies might gravitate towards the electronic elements. Through a blending drum machines, live instruments, singers and rappers together, Amp Live created a concerto accessible to all. 

Arkells – High Noon CD (Dine Alone)

Named after a street in their native Hamilton, Ontario, this Juno award-winning band creates an accessible style of pop rock

Baths – Ocean Death CDEP/12” (Anticon)

At just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the exquisite Ocean Death is not over-thought. Songs were perfected, not embellished. “Ocean Death” reclines in the aquatic seabed, its lyrics at once simple, bleak and celestial. The 3:00 a.m. introspection and heartbeat pulse—reminiscent of Four Tet or Pantha Du Prince—are almost minimal techno, but suffused with maximalist emotion. 

Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old CD/LP (Dead Oceans)

Bear In Heaven’s new album is aptly titled Time Is Over One Day Old. It’s a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off, starting anew. This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of its career. (Limited copies pressed on white vinyl.)

Belphegor – Conjuring The Dead CD (Nuclear Blast)

Tenth album from the Austrian death/black metal band — an opus filled to the brim with dark and sinful anthems.

Blues Pills – Blues Pills CD (Nuclear Blast)

This young American-Swedish-French quartet creates a very unique, intense and extraordinary rock atmosphere that harkens to the classic rock era of Aretha Franklin, the original Fleetwood Mac lineup, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Cream.

Tommy Bolin & Zephr – Zephyr [Reissue/1969] CD (Cleopatra)

A special expanded reissue of the 1969 recorded debut of guitar legend Tommy Bolin performing with his first major act, the blues rock outfit Zephyr.

Brimstone Coven – Brimstone Coven CD (Metal Blade)

Brimstone Coven is a retro hard rock/doom band out Wheeling, WV. They brew a unique blend of dark occult rock.

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