In Stores Now 8/28


Philadelphia band The War on Drugs return with the fourth album. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it, “an excellent set of expansive, ’80s-steeped rock. Beautifully produced, the band’s music has never sounded better than it does here with a bliss-inducing combination of expansive guitar leads, shimmering keyboards, synthetic strings, driving rhythms, scruffy, Dylanesque vocals and anthemic song hooks.”

Other highlights this week include the debut from Filthy Friends, a supergroup featuring Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5), Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks) and Bill Rieflin (Ministry). It’s “a well-crafted blend of energetic garage-rock, jangly post-punk, swaggering glam-rock and more.” (You can hear the band LIVE on KEXP this Saturday, September 2nd as part of our Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in-studios.)

Dropping the word “Thee” from their name, Oh Sees return with their 19th album, “a continuation of the more experimental sounds of their two 2016 albums. It’s a more dynamic and expansive take on the band’s motorik psych-garage sound, with adventurous, shape-shifting songs that veer from high-energy guitar freakouts to trippy keyboard dream-pop.” Queens Of The Stone Age deliver a “a potent set of streamlined hard-rock inflected with glam, New Wave, ’70s guitar boogie and other styles. Produced by Mark Ronson, he helps provide a bit more punch and clarity while mainly staying out of the way of the band’s pulverizing rock grooves.” Virginia Beach band Turnover present “a strong set of dreamy indie-pop reminiscent at times of Real Estate, combining gently ringing surf guitars, wistful vocals and sunny melodies.” And Austin band A Giant Dog bring “boisterous garage-rock and punchy power-pop, combining crunchy guitars, energetic rhythms, often anxiety-fueled lyrics and catchy pop hooks.”

A Giant Dog – “Bendover”
from Toy on Merge

Chase & Status – “Big Man Skank (feat. Mr. Vegas)”
from Tribe on Virgin EMI

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band – “Have We Mistaken The Bottle For The Whiskey Inside”
from Dreaming in the Non-Dream on No Quarter

Cymbals – “Where Nothing Can Be Defined”
from Light in Your Mind on Tough Love

Dungen – “Trollkarlen och fågeldräkten (Version 2)”
from Häxan on Smalltown Supersound

EMA – “Down and Out”
from Exile In The Outer Ring on City Slang

Fifth Harmony – “Down (feat. Gucci Mane)”
from Fifth Harmony on Epic / Syco Music

Filthy Friends – “Despierta”
from Invitation on Kill Rock Stars

Flamin Groovies – “Cryin’ Shame”
from Fantastic Plastic on Severn Records

The Fresh & Onlys – “Impossible Man”
from Wolf Lie Down on Sinderlyn

Gogol Bordello – “Walking On The Burning Coal”
from Seekers and Finders on Cooking Vinyl

Grieves – “Gutz”
from Running Wild on Rhymesayers

The Haunted – “Spark”
from Strength in Numbers on Century Media

Hype Williams – “Kathy goes 2 Haiti”
from Rainbow Edition on Big Dada

Iron & Wine – “Call It Dreaming”
from Beast Epic on Sub Pop

Jack Cooper – “A Net”
from Sandgrown on Trouble in Mind

Jan St. Werner – “Insuline”
from Spectric Acid on Thrill Jockey

Jane’s Addiction – “STOP”
from Alive at Twenty-Five on Cleopatra Records

Lilly Hiatt – “Trinity Lane”
from Trinity Lane on New West

The Lovely Bad Things – “I Just Want You To Go Away”
from Teenage Grown Ups on Burger Records

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Fantasy

Mark Olson – “Dear Elisabeth”
from Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun on Glitterhouse Records

Maya Jane Coles – “Pulse”
from Take Flight on I/AM/ME

Old Dominion – “New York at Night”
from Happy Endings on RCA

PVRIS – “Walk Alone”
from All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell on BMG / Rise Records

Queens of the Stone Age – “Fortress”
from Villains on Matador

Superchunk – “Slack Motherfucker”
from Superchunk on Merge

Susanne Sundfør – “Undercover”
from Music for People in Trouble on Bella Union

Tera Melos – “Don’t Say I Know”
from Trash Generator on Sargent House

Thee Oh Sees – “Animated Violence”
from Orc on Castle Face

Tobacco – “Prowler Champ”
from Ripe & Majestic on Rad Cult

Together PANGEA – “Money on It”
from Bulls and Roosters on Nettwerk

Turnover – “Sunshine Type”
from Good Nature on Run for Cover Records

Vijay Iyer Sextet
from Far From Over on ECM

The War on Drugs – “Thinking Of A Place”
from A Deeper Understanding on Atlantic

Widowspeak – “Dog”
from Expect the Best on Captured Tracks

This entry was posted in In Stores Now, KEXP and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Donate Now!

Donate to KEXP Today!

Donate to KEXP Today!
where the music matters

The KEXP Blog

Sponsored By
Become a KEXP Sponsor!
  • KEXP Post Categories