Why does every artist have to drop their album on the same day? For us listeners, it's a challenge to catch up with every new release, especially when it's several different releases from all really exciting artists. So to cut through the noise and make sure you have all of your ducks in a row, we're briefly rounding up the most important albums to listen to this week.
1. Angus & Julia Stone - Snow
The Australian brother-sister duo's fourth studio album. Expect gauzy, contemplative indie music with some thoughtfully arranged electronic beats.
2. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Feeling some the Cure-flavored nostalgia? Tune in to Ariel Pink's newest album, his 11th studio album. The artist makes psychodelic melancholy sound so, so right.
3. Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Deer Tick is released two separate albums on the same day. Vol. 1 is pure acoustics, while Vol. 2 gets the electric guitar treatment. Both are great.
4. Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
This will be the Foo Fighters' 9th studio album, and their first since 2014's Sonic Highways
. This is good, angry Foo Fighters, with Dave Grohl chanting lyrics at full volume. I always imagine him sipping lemon tea between recordings to help soothe his throat.
5. Hundred Waters - Communicating
For the uninitiated, Hundred Waters is an electronic band whose velvet-voiced lead singer, Nicole Miglis, could give Lana Del Rey a run for her money. Listen to: "Parade" and "Particle."
6. Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage
Prophets of Rage is a supergroup composed of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill. The Prophets may not be the youngest in the rock-rap game, but they know the game like no one else. Rage Against the Machine fans, get ready.
7. Ringo Starr - Give More Love
The pro-Brexit Beatles member wants us to "give more love." And by "love" he means "money for this album, please."
8. Sløtface - Try Not to Freak Out
"Angry girl music" is a reductive label, but it is a genre of music that I've enjoyed since I was an angsty teen. And Slotface gives it more depth that most, so there are worse guilty pleasures. This is their first full length album, and it's worth a listen, especially if you love lady punks.
9. Son Little - New Magic
Son Little combines folk with R&B in the best way. This is his third album, and they just keep getting better.
10. The Lone Bellow - Walk Into a Storm
The Lone Bellow's third album includes a few upbeat alt-country tunes. I especially liked the gospel chorus in "Time's Always Leaving." Listen to: "Time's Always Leaving"
11. Wyclef Jean - Carnival Vol. III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee
In recent years, Wyclef Jean's name has become synonymous with the artist's alleged theft of funds via a charity he helped found for the people of his home country, Haiti. The singer has repeatedly denied stealing any money, and Carnival
is nothing if not a love letter to the people and the country of Haiti.