Though it's already past the mid-point of January, there are still plenty of fantastic albums to look forward to. From veteran artists to lesser-known bands, there's a ton of great music on the horizon. We've compiled a list of some of our favorites, so take notes and enjoy!
- No Cities To Love
- The eighth studio album from the veteran rock trio, No Cities To Love
stands as a fitting re-emergence from a nine year hiatus. Vocalist Carrie Brownstein says, "We sound possessed on these songs," and that sounds good to us.
- Ryan Needham and Liza Violet host a plethora of talented artists including Matt Spalding of Hookworms. Ratworld
is grungy, punky playtime with some added pop for good measure.
Belle and Sebastian
- Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
- The band's record label, Matador, proclaimed that B&S have "brought a dance-party element (and a disco song about Sylvia Plath) into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry." Beautifully said, and judging from the single, "The Party Line", also exceedingly true.
- What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
- A mixture of personal contemplation and immediate reaction to troubling events, this aptly titled release is a strong addition to The Decemberists' catalogue of intelligent folk rock.
- All Hands
- Doomtree re-unite their vocal assault squad for an aggressive lyrical showcase. In-your-face drums and crunchy synth lines underscore politically conscious and nerd-friendly rhymes in tracks like "Final Boss" and "Gray Duck".
The Lone Bellow
- Then Came The Morning
We were awestruck when we filmed them busking in Washington Square Park. Then Came The Morning
brings more of their signature sensitive harmonies and sweet, old-time country sound.
- Range Anxiety
If you didn't know they were Aussies, you might think that Twerps formed on the west coast. Range Anxiety brings us a brand new collection of sun-faded indie surf rock that's sure to please.
- Live In San Francisco
Segall released his EP Mr. Face on the 13th, and is following it up with a live album. The hyper-prolific garage rocker is known for his uniquely energetic live act, so this is a no-brainer.
- The Phosphorescent Blues
Immensely talented and overflowing with back-country goodness, Punch Brothers are a bastion of bluegrass brilliance.
Milo Greene seriously increased the groove-factor for their upcoming release. Control
is certain to make you move whether you're at the club or in your cubicle.