Bastille – Bad Blood CD/LP (Virgin)
The debut album from this UK quartet includes the breakout single “Pompeii,” alongside other standout tracks like “Things We Lost In The Fire,” “Flaws,” and “Laura Palmer” (all of which have managed to chart in their homeland, where the album reached #1). This US version features three studio tracks not found on the original import release.
Sandra Boynton – Sandra Boynton’s Frog Trouble CD (WB)
Grammy nominated and bestselling children’s author, songwriter and music producer, Sandra Boynton, presents her first country album, Frog Trouble. The album features 12 original songs by Boynton, arranged and mixed with Michael Ford. Boynton produced the tracks mostly in Nashville, with renowned session musicians and an all-star roster, including Dwight Yoakam, Fountains of Wayne, Mark Lanegan, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Linda Eder, and Falls Mountain Cowboys.
Tamar Braxton – Love & War CD (Epic)
Sophomore solo album from the television star/R&B vocalist and younger sister of Toni Braxton.
Richard Buckner – Surrounded CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
In the time since Our Blood was released and after a few long tours, Richard Buckner attempted to work on writing short stories but found himself drawn back into the music room. The evidence of his time in the writer’s chair is clear in the dense, lovely prose of Surrounded. The album’s liner notes include text-embedded lyrics, a technique Buckner employed on his earlier albums Since and Impasse, but this marks the first time he used the songs’ extended story to construct the album’s overall view and track sequence.
Caged Animals – In The Land Of Giants CD/LP (Lucky Number)
Caged Animals is the strangely life-affirming bedroom project of songwriter Vincent Cacchione, a New Jersey-born Italian living in Brooklyn. Known previously for the nearly folk-rock of his former band Soft Black, Cacchione carries a strong traditional gene in his band of glitch-friendly pop — as inspired by the classic songwriting of Jeff Magnum or John Lennon’s solo material as the melancholic R&B twist of James Blake or Frank Ocean, or the perfect fusion of Chad Van Gaalen’s raw pop sensibilities.
Califone – Stitches CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Stitches, the new album Califone touches on all permutable definitions of the word, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. Archetypes and mythological figures rub shoulders with bruised civilians throughout this odyssey. Intimate timbres garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings, hushed vocals offset the album’s cinematic inclinations. The listener moves through a landscape of Old Testament blood and guts, spaghetti Western deserts and Southwestern horizons, zeroing in on emotions and images that cannot be glanced over.
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You CD/2xLP+CD (Anti)
It’s been four years since the great alt-country wailer Neko Case posed with the sword on the car hood on her Middle Cyclone album cover, and she hasn’t released a solo album since. That changes now with her new LP The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Decemberists producer Tucker Martine helmed the album, and Case’s contributors this time around included Kelly Hogan, M. Ward, and New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks. Also available on gatefold double-vinyl featuring three bonus tracks, an etched D-side, and a tattoo sheet.
Coachwhips – Hands On The Controls [Reissue/2002] CD (Castle Face)
This reissue of the debut album from early ’00s band lead by John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) adds six bonus tracks not on the original CD release. “Known for their raw, primal, stripped-down approach, Coachwhips have epitomized rock & roll at its most basic. Their infectious, riff-driven recordings of the 2000s have combined garage rock with punk and alternative rock.” – All Music
Cowboy Mouth – This Train CD (Elm City)
As frontman Fred LeBlanc says, “If The Neville Brothers and The Clash had a baby, it would be Cowboy Mouth.”