Category Archives: In Stores Now

In Stores Now 9/4

LCD Soundsystem is back! James Murphy and company emerge from early retirement with their fourth studio album (and first in seven years). KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it “a powerful return to form featuring some of Murphy’s finest, most deeply felt songwriting with anxiety-fueled lyrics revolving around aging and the passage of time onRead more…

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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 vocalsRead more…

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In Stores Now 8/21

Brooklyn-bred band Grizzly Bear return with their fifth LP, a release KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls “an adventurous set of densely layered and intricately arranged prog-pop, featuring a punchier, more beat-driven sound to more forcefully drive home the band’s dark, imagistic lyrics of decay and alienation.” Long-running Madison, WI-based group Rainer Maria return withRead more…

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In Stores Now 8/14

Philly-based band The Districts return with their third LP, what KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls, “their strongest set to date, with a fuller, more dynamic and densely textured sound combining thick, swirling guitars, muscular rhythms and often-dark lyrics of isolation and dysfunctional relationships juxtaposed with anthemic, life-affirming choruses and sweeping melodies.” Guided By VoicesRead more…

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In Stores Now 8/7

It’s a great week for local music. The latest from Olympia-via-Seattle artist Briana Marela is what KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls, “her strongest set to date of adventurous electro-pop. Co-produced by Juan Pieczanski and Ryan Heyner of Small Black, the album features a brighter, more dynamic and hook-filled sound on songs ranging from denselyRead more…

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In Stores Now 7/28

The highly-anticipated new album from Arcade Fire is finally here. KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates notes, “Like their last album (2013’s Reflektor), this one features a more dance-oriented sound… with takes on consumerism, social media, and content overload.” The latest release from the Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard is part of Turntable Kitchen’sRead more…

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In Stores Now 7/24

West coast rapper Tyler, The Creator shares his fourth LP, which boasts the FCC-unfriendly title Scum Fuck Flower Boy. (A representative for TTC says the “official title” is just Flower Boy.) The album features guest appearances by Frank Ocean, ASAP Rocky, Anna of the North, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith, just to name a few. NowRead more…

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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 TheRead more…

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In Stores Now 7/10

Has your new summer jam hit the racks? This week, we see new releases from Toronto-collective Broken Social Scene. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the group’s fifth album (and first in seven years) is “an often-buoyant set of maximalist, psych-tinged pop-rock with a lush, densely produced sound featuring soaring harmonies, exuberant melodies and lyricsRead more…

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In Stores Now 6/26

Two strong reissues came out this past Friday, one being the expanded 20th anniversary edition of Radiohead‘s 1997 album OK Computer, featuring three previously unreleased tracks. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes, “while not classic Radiohead, they’re all fine examples of the band’s brooding prog-rock.” The other stand-out reissue this week comes from Prince. OnRead more…

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