Vancouver, BC artist Dan Bejar -- better known as Destroyer -- returns with his 11th album, which KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes as "a powerful set of dark,'80s-steeped New Wave/post-punk with prominent percussive synths, gleaming guitars and occasional strings and horns accompanying his dramatic glam-pop vocals and dark, aphoristic lyrics revolving around depravity, decadence and end times." Bully, the Nashville trio led by Alicia Bognanno, deliver "an excellent set of '90s-steeped grunge-pop with a dynamic sound featuring fuzzy guitars and muscular rhythms accompanying Bognannon's raspy vocals and anxiety-fueled lyrics." On their third LP, Gothenburg, Sweden band Makthaverskan bring "an impressive, hook-filled blend of energetic post-punk, shoegazer dream-pop and '60s girl-group pop, combining shimmering guitars, atmospheric synths, driving rhythms, Maja Milner's soaring vocals and often-dark lyrics juxtaposed with sky-scraping melodies."
With her sophomore album, Nashville-based artist Margo Price broadens "her musical palette with a confident blend of rollicking country-rock, Memphis soul, slinky country-funk, gospel-steeped ballads and intimate folk on sharply crafted songs with subjects ranging from class and gender inequality to heartache, loss, and resiliency." Toronto band Odonis Odonis bring "a fine set of industrialized post-punk with a dark, bass-heavy sound featuring throbbing synths, menacing beats and gloomy vocals" on their fourth LP. And New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut Fever to Tell with a "Limited Edition Deluxe Box" reissue, limited to 2,000 copies, featuring a newly remastered version of the LP on 180-gram vinyl alongside nine unreleased demos, eight B-sides and rarities, plus a 164-page hardbound book filled with Nick Zinner's personal photos of the band as well as Karen O's notes.
(Various Artists) - "Arthur Hakase No Jinriki Hikouki"
from Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 on Light in the Attic Records
(Various Artists) CHVRCHES - "Call it Off"
from Tegan and Sara present The Con X: Covers on Warner Bros.
And So I Watch You from Afar - "A Slow Unfolding of Wings"
from The Endless Shimmering on Sargent House
Barbez / Velina Brown - "Venga Jaleo"
from For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War on Important
Beach Slang - "Thirteen"
from We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags on Polyvinyl Records
Béla Fleck / Abigail Washburn - "Bloomin' Rose"
from Echo in the Valley on Rounder
Bill MacKay / Ryley Walker - "Lonesome Traveler"
from SpiderBeetleBee on Drag City
Billy Joel - "The Stranger"
from The Stranger [Picture Disc LP] on Brookvale Records
Bully - "Running"
from Losing on Sub Pop
Chris Young - "Losing Sleep"
from Losing Sleep on RCA Nashville
Circuit des Yeux - "Black Fly"
from Reaching for Indigo on Drag City
Colleen - "Winter Dawn"
from A Flame My Love, a Frequency on Thrill Jockey
David West - "Morning Rain"
from Cherry on Willow on Tough Love
Destroyer - "Sky's Grey"
from Ken on Merge
Elizabeth & the Catapult - "We Can Pretend"
from Keepsake on Compass
Gel Set - "Don't You Miss Me?"
from Body Copy on 2MR
George Michael - "Praying For Time"
from Listen Without Prejudice 25 [Super Deluxe Edition] on Sony Music
Jackie Shane - "Any Other Way"
from Any Other Way on Numero
The Jazz Butcher - "Who Loves You Now"
from The Wasted Years on Fire Records
Jaye Bartell - "In A Time Of Trouble"
from Jaye Bartell In a Time of Trouble a Wild Exultation on Sinderlyn
John Carpenter - "Christine"
from Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 on Sacred Bones
Lee Gamble - "Istian"
from Mnestic Pressure on Hyperdub
Lindstrøm - "Shinin feat. Grace Hall"
from It's Alright Between Us as It Is on Feedelity
Lindsey Stirling - "Warmer In The Winter ft. Trombone Shorty"
from Warmer in the Winter on Concord
Makthaverskan - "In My Dreams"
from III on Run for Cover Records
Margo Price - "A Little Pain"
from All American Made on Third Man Records
Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band - "Josephine"
from Adiós Señor Pussycat on Violette
Nai Palm - "It's A Long Story"
from Needle Paw on Sony
Niall Horan - "On The Loose"
from Flicker on Capitol
Odonis Odonis - "Nasty Boy"
from No Pop on Felte
Pet Shop Boys
from Elysium: Further Listening 2011-2012 on Parlophone / Rhino
from Yes: Further Listening 2008-2010 on Parlophone / Rhino
Radiator Hospital - "Long Distance Dedication"
from Play the Songs You Like on Salinas Records
from Sab Se Purani Bab on Thrill Jockey
from The Queen Is Dead [Super Deluxe Edition] on Rhino / Warner Music
Sondre Lerche - "Soft Feelings"
from Pleasure on PLZ
Tough Age - "Me In Glue"
from Shame on Mint Records
Tracy Bryant - "A Crowded Room"
from A Place for Nothing and Everything in Its Place on Burger Records
Trivium - "The Sin And The Sentence"
from The Sin and the Sentence on Roadrunner Records
Willie Nelson - "I'm Movin' On"
from Willie Nelson and the Boys: Willie's Stash, Vol. 2 on Legacy / Sony Music
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On her fifth full-length, Dallas-bred, New York-based artist St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) "successfully combines bigger production with some of her most personal songs to date," notes KEXP Music Director Don Yates. "The album's diverse sound ranges from frenetic New Wave and slinky funk-pop to l...