Allah-Las – Allah-Las CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
“The Allah-Las revel in vintage sun-baked Californian psychedelia with hypnotic swirling surf guitar riffs and insistent foot-tapping grooves.” — Everbody Taste
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Vinyl version includes a download card for the entire album along wiith several bonus remixes by Odd Future, My Morning Jacket, and TV On The Radio.
Bad Powers – Bad Powers CD/LP (The End)
New band featuring 3/4ths of ‘00s alt-metal band Made Out Of Babies. “With a sound more lithe and spindly than the bludgeoning Babies, the feel is like the lean, athletic sound of Faith No More making the switch over from Angel Dust to King For A Day (with just a touch of the violin-ready modern art-majestic pomp of, say, Kayo Dot).” — Spin
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock CD/2xCD/LP+MP3 (Columbia)
The follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, Mirage Rock is the first Band Of Horses record to be produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year in recognition of his work with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Faces, Eric Clapton and too many others to list. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. The Deluxe edition includes a second CD with five bonus tracks taken from the album sessions and access to exclusive behind the scenes footage of the band in the studio.
Becoming The Archetype – I Am CD (Solid State)
Fifth album from the metalcore band.
Big & Rich – Hillbilly Jedi CD (WB)
Duo comprising singer-/songwriters Big Kenny and John Rich, the latter of whom is a former member of Lonestar.
Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland CD/LP (Axster Bingham Records)
Tomorrowland contains plenty of the pliant acoustic work that has marked Bingham’s previous studio sets, but this album expands his musical landscape exponentially. Guitars howl into keyboards and drums stomp against strings, all bolstered by Bingham’s jagged, weather-beaten vocals.
Birds Of Maya – Ready To Howl [Reissue/2010] CD (Agitated)
Reissue of 2010 album with two bonus tracks. Throbbing, relentless blues-based Neanderthal rock. For fans of Purling Hiss, Spacin’.
Black Prairie – A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart CD/LP (Sugar Hill)
Second album by the exploratory, back-porch ensemble founded by The Decemberists Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee. Vocalist Annalisa Tornfelt’s gentle, classic country-inspired singing is connected to the band s Baltic-Appalachian instrumentals by strange, orchestral interludes. The record is an evolution of the band ‘s love of instrumental, Italian film score weirdness and the venerable, forgotten roots of American and Eastern European folk.
Bright Little Field – Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute To The Replacements CD (Bar None)
Nashville’s Bright Little Field have taken on some of the best ‘Mats repertoire and given it the full on raging ukulele treatment.
Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color CD/2xLP (Rhymesayers)
On his fourth full-length, Ali teams up with seasoned producer Jake One (50 Cent, De La Soul, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa) to tell a very different American story as he addresses the plights of our nation.
The Burning Of Rome – With Us CD/LP (Surfdog)
On their debut the five-piece ensemble blends gypsy punk, dance and rock.