In Stores Now 5/1

April ended strong with new releases from some of our favorite artists. It’s been five years since the last album from Feist, and the Canadian songstress returns with what KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls “a powerful set of dark, intimate folk-rock. Recorded mostly live, the album features a stark, raw sound with unconventional, shape-shifting arrangements framing her elastic vocals and introspective lyrics.” It’s been seven years since the last Gorillaz album, and “the fifth album from Damon Albarn & co. is a diverse, party-friendly blend of hip hop, funk, post-punk, R&B, dancehall, electro-pop and more, featuring an impressive guest lineup and often-politically charged lyrics.” On his tenth solo album, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan delivers “one of his stronger latter-day albums, with a dark, expansive sound featuring atmospheric guitars, moody synths and driving rhythms accompanying his deep, gravelly vocals and often-dark lyrics.”

Former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore returns with a new solo release, “an impressive five-song set of exploratory post-punk combining adventurous guitar work and hypnotic rhythms with Moore’s occasional vocals and spiritually minded lyrics.” Durham, NC duo Sylvan Esso bring a “another sharply crafted set of propulsive electro-pop with sometimes celebratory, occasionally biting lyrics often revolving around the highs and pitfalls of music.” And the second album from L.A.-based artist Los Angeles Police Department (aka Ryan Pollie) is “an often-gorgeous set of wistful, beautifully crafted psych-pop. Produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, the album combines a spare, yet expansive sound with his fragile vocals and often-dark lyrics revolving around anxiety, love and loss.”

BNQT – “Unlikely Force”
from Volume 1 on Dualtone Music

British Sea Power – “Bad Bohemian”
from Let the Dancers Inherit the Party on Caroline

Cheap Trick – “Surrender (Alternate Version)”
from The Epic Archive, Vol. 1 on Real Gone Music

Chris Potter – “Yasodhara”
from The Dreamer is the Dream on ECM / Verve

Colin Stetson – “Spindrift”
from All This I Do for Glory on 52hz

The Cranberries – “Linger (Acoustic Version)”
from Something Else on UK

from More Life on Island / Republic

Feist – “Pleasure”
from Pleasure on Interscope / Polydor

Gorillaz – “私 Noodle❗️”
from Humanz on Parlophone / Warner Bros.

Jenny Scheinman – “Bug in the Honey”
from Here on Earth on Royal Potato Family Records

Jimmy Greene – “Stanky Leg”
from Flowers: Beautiful Life, Vol. 2 on Mack Avenue

John Mellencamp – “Grandview (feat. Martina McBride)”
from Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on Island / Republic

Lea Michele – “Getaway Car”
from Places on Columbia / Sony Music

Little Cub – “Too Much Love”
from Still Life on Domino

Los Angeles Police Department – “If I Lied”
from Los Angeles Police Department on Anti-

Mark Lanegan Band – “Nocturne”
from Gargoyle on Heavenly

Mew – “Twist Quest”
from Visuals on PIAS

New Found Glory – “Happy Being Miserable”
from Makes Me Sick on Hopeless Records

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Live)”
from 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde on Columbia / Sony Music

Pinegrove – “Namesake”
from Everything So Far on Run for Cover Records

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
from Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm on Jay Vee Records

Ryuichi Sakamoto – “disintegration”
from async on Milan

Shugo Tokumaru – “Lita-Ruta”
from Toss on Polyvinyl

Skating Polly – “Hail Mary”
from New Trick on El Camino Records

The Sneetches
from Form of Play: A Retrospective on Omnivore

Sylvan Esso – “Rewind”
from What Now on Loma Vista

Thurston Moore
from Rock N Roll Consciousness on Caroline

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
from Parking Lot Symphony on Blue Note

Van Morrison – “It’s All Right (Original Stereo Mix)”
from The Authorized Bang Collection on Legacy / Sony Music

WALL – “High Ratings”
from Untitled on Weyrd Son / Wharf Cat Records

The Whistles & the Bells – “Good Drugs”
from Modern Plagues on New West

Willie Nelson – “He Won’t Ever Be Gone”
from God’s Problem Child on Sony Legacy

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