CDs + Vinyl:
August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem CD (Fearless)
By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow. That’s been the case every time August Burns Red record an album, and it’s quietly turned the Pennsylvania quintet into a Grammy Award-nominated heavy music torchbearer. When it came time to record their seventh full-length Phantom Anthem with longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, the game didn’t change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity. The group then proceeded to augment and amplify the touchstones of their signature style and Phantom Anthem is the winning result. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy. [Vinyl edition due October 13.]
Jeff Beck – Live At The Hollywood Bowl 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP+DVD (Eagle Vision)
In the summer of 2016, Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The setlist reached back to his first recordings with The Yardbirds in 1966 and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent album Loud Hailer. Guests include Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray versions also available.]
Jean-Michael Bernard – Plays Lalo Schifrin CD (Varese Sarabande)
Composer, conductor, pianist, and jazz musician Lalo Schifrin is a legend. He has written over 100 film scores including Mission: Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry and Enter The Dragon, earning five Grammys and six Academy Award nominations. For Lalo’s 85th birthday, the French composer and pianist Jean-Michel Bernard assembled an amazing band in Paris and went on a musical adventure through Schifrin’s catalog of classics. Lalo Schifrin himself sits in on piano for three pieces.
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers CD/LP (Metal Blade)
The Black Dahlia Murder’s eighth album shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. [Limited colored vinyl pressings also available.]
Blis. – No One Loves You CD/LP (Sargent House)
The debut album from Atlanta, GA’s Blis. mosaics their influences – the intricate rock riffs of American Football, Pedro the Lion’s mid-tempo balladry gone awry with crucial aggression, and an indie rock sensibility that has mainstream press publications referencing Modest Mouse and Silversun Pickups.
Blue Hawaii – Tenderness CD/LP (Arbutus)
Blue Hawaii is a duo comprising Raphaelle “Ra” Standell of Braids and Alex “Agor” Kerby. “Björk meets the xx and DJ Koze.”
Jon Boden – Afterglow CD (Hudson)
Debut solo album by the former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece band Bellowhead. [Vinyl edition due October 13.]
Kane Brown – Kane Brown [Deluxe Edition] CD (RCA)
Deluxe edition of Kane’s 2016 album featuring four bonus tracks, including “Setting The Night On Fire”, a duet with Chris Young.
Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts CD/2xLP (Blood Music)
The legendary ambient unit returns after a six year hiatus with a haunting fifth album.
Carla Bruni – French Touch CD/LP (Verve)
Carla “French Touch” Bruni returns with an exciting collection of some classic hits performed in her signature softer, coffee house style. Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”, The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, and ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” appear.