Abramis Brama – Enkel Biljett CD (Record Heaven)
Throughout the last 15 years, Abramis Brama has released heavy, ecstatic, riff-oriented hard rock with Swedish lyrics. On Enkel Biljett, the band continues their journey with newfound energy.
Acoustic Alchemy – Live In London 2xCD (Onside)
Double-CD live release from the British instrumental/smooth jazz band.
Aleister X – Keepin’ It Real CD (Nod And Smile)
Aleister X’s massive new album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed Half Speed Mastered!, Keepin’ It Real is Shepard’s pie of psychedelic pop with dirty funk grooves and cult pop lyrical gymnastics.
Lily Allen – Sheezus CD/2xCD (WB)
Lily Allen’s third studio album was produced by Greg Kurstin, Shellback and Dj Dahl, and features the singles “Hard Out Here” and “Air Balloon.” Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a five-track bonus disc. Vinyl version due May 27.
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island CD/LP (Side One Dummy)
Christmas Island, the 5th album proper from Andrew Jackson Jihad, is a little bit silly, a little bit serious. It’s a record that’s irreverent yet somber, full of humor and full of pathos, its twelve songs combining the two to create a record that truly cuts right to the bone of the human condition. Whether it’s life, love, death, loss or Linda Ronstadt, this record has it all, delving into the most profound of emotions, reaching deep into the heart of humanity, unveiling universal truths through the most unlikely of scenarios.
Arkona – Yav CD/CD+DVD (Napalm)
This Russian pagan folk metal band interweaves brutal metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD.
Atmosphere – Southsiders CD/LP (Rhymesayers)
While Southsiders is a celebration of the group’s fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. “It’s a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family,” says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. “I’m starting to think, ‘What is post family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?’ I’m sticking to my roots, rapping about what I’m doing, what I think about. This record is much like the other ones a very detailed look at my life.”
Badbadnotgood – III CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Badbadnotgood is a young talented trio of musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011, the three have challenged the rulebook on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future. With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator (who helped fuel their discovery), the inseparable friends release their biggest project to date with III.
Being As An Ocean – How We Both Wondrously Perish CD (Invogue)
How We Both Wondrously Perish represents fine melodic hardcore, from the passionate screams, catchy choruses, and intense music. For fans of Underoath, mewithoutYou, Sigur Rós, and Brand New.
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain CD (Roadrunner)
Black Stone Cherry’s fourth studio album, Magic Mountain sees the band continuing to master their sound that has earned them legions of fans around the world.
Paul Bley – Play Blue: The Oslo Concert CD (ECM)
A rare solo performance by one of jazz s great originals, Canadian pianist Paul Bley, recorded live at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2008 by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Manfred Eicher.
Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes CD/LP (Jazz Life)
Brighton, England’s Blood Red Shoes feature Laura-Mary Carter (vocals/guitar) and Steven Ansell (drums/vocals), two enthusiastic punk-inspired brawlers who channel the clamor of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Duke Spirit, and Huggy Bear.
Luka Bloom – Head & Heart CD (Compass)
With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists. On Head & Heart, Bloom continues to shake up the folk genre with clever new arrangements and reinterpretations of ten well known classics alongside a pair of self-penned gems, accompanied by a jazz trio.
Brigades – Crocodile Tears CDEP/12” (Pure Noise)
Brigades is South Carolina’s best kept secret. Their debut EP, Crocodile Tears was recorded in Baltimore with producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Dangerous Summer) and blends pop punk with more aggressive skate punk riffs.
David Byrne And Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love O.C.R. 2xCD (Nonesuch)
Features music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim as performed by the original 2013 Public Theater cast of the Here Lies Love musical starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos.