In Stores Now 7/17


Last Friday saw the release of not one, but two albums from local duo Shabazz Palaces. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star “an impressive set of adventurous hip hop combining an ominous, shape-shifting sound with often heavily processed and reverbed vocals and dystopian lyrics.” He notes Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines is “another strong set of adventurous hip hop combining brooding, beat-driven soundscapes with heavily processed vocals and lyrics revolving around social-media addiction and narcissism.”

Alabama-bred, Philly-based artist Katie Crutchfield — better known as Waxahatchee — releases her fourth full-length, “a more muscular, live in-studio sound and some of her most memorable songs to date, with deeply personal, brutally honest lyrics about moving on from a busted relationship.”

Seattle supergroup Lo Tom — that’s David Bazan and TW Walsh of Pedro The Lion along with Jason Martin and Trey Many of Starflyer 59 — release their debut LP, “a promising 8-song set of ’90s-steeped indie-rock with chugging guitars, muscular rhythms, offhand lyrics and potent song hooks.” Philadelphia band Sheer Mag unleash a “knockout full-length featuring a punkish blend of ’70s-inspired power-pop, classic rock and high-energy soul, along with a bit of funk and disco, combining Thin Lizzy guitar riffs, energetic rhythms and Tina Halladay’s urgent, powerhouse vocals on hook-filled songs alternating between politically militant anthems and fevered, love-fueled rockers.” And Melbourne, Australia band The Stevens deliver “a potent set of scrappy, lo-fi post-punk” on their sophomore LP.

Art Feynman – “Feeling Good About Feeling Good”
from Blast Off Through the Wicker on Western Vinyl Records

Boris – “Memento Mori”
from Dear on Sargent House

Charles Lloyd New Quartet – “Passin’ Thru”
from Passin’ Thru on Blue Note

Cyrus Chestnut – “Nardis”
from There’s a Sweet Sweet Spirit on Highnote Records, Inc.

The Dears – “Taking It To The Grave”
from Times Infinity, Vol. 2 on Dangerbird Records

Dusty Springfield – “A Brand New Me”
from The Complete Philadelphia Sessions: A Brand New Me on Real Gone Music

Eagles – “I Can’t Tell You Why”
from Their Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 on Elektra / Rhino

French Montana – “A Lie ft. The Weeknd, Max B”
from Jungle Rules on Bad Boy Entertainment / Epic

Japanese Breakfast – “Machinist”
from Soft Sounds from Another Planet on Dead Oceans Records

Laibach – “Vor Sonnen-Untergang”
from Also Sprach Zarathustra on Mute

Lal & Mike Waterson – “Bright Phoebus”
from Bright Phoebus on Domino

Lo Tom – “Overboard”
from Lo Tom on Barsuk

Mike Krol
from Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records on Merge

Needles//Pins – “Back To The Bright”
from Good Night, Tomorrow on Mint Records

Nick Lowe – “My Heart Hurts”
from The Abominable Showman [2017 Bonus Tracks] on Yep Roc

Nick Lowe – “Da Boom”
from Nick the Knife [2017 Bonus Tracks] on Yep Roc

Oh Wonder – “Lifetimes”
from Ultralife on Island / Republic

Psychic Temple – “Turn Off The Lights”
from IV on Joyful Noise

Russell Malone – “Little B’s Poem”
from Time for the Dancers on High Note

Shabazz Palaces – “Gorgeous Sleeper Cell”
from Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines on Sub Pop

Shabazz Palaces – “Since C.A.Y.A.”
from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star on Sub Pop

Sheer Mag – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
from Need to Feel Your Love on Static Shock Records

Stephan Micus – “Nuria”
from Inland Sea on ECM

The Stevens – “Chancer”
from Good on Chapter Music

Sun Seeker – “Won’t Keep Me Up At Night”
from Biddeford on Third Man Records

The Telescopes – “You Can’t Reach What You Hunger”
from As Light Return on Tapete Records

Twinsmith – “Matters”
from Stay Cool on Saddle Creek Records

Waxahatchee – “Silver”
from Out in the Storm on Merge

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