Overcoats, “Used To Be Scared Of The Dark”

The NY duo succeeds at revamping overworked pop songs by accenting a spin of straight-from-the-heart sincerity.

Loraine James, “Reflection”

The London-based artist plays with percussive beats with a confidence that enables her to weave seemingly unrelated textures into the same pattern.

Pardoner, “Came Down Different”

Snarky and self aware, depressed but electrifying, this record’s heady songwriting contains multitudes.

Mndsgn, “Rare Pleasure”

The producer’s newest LP is a preservation of blissful, temporary moments that escape once you open your eyes and exhale.

The Bruce Lee Band, “Division in the Heartland”

The ska-punk collective finds itself as boisterous, relevant, and energetic as ever before on their new EP.

81355, “This Time I’ll Be of Use”

The Indianapolis rap trio’s debut together feels like a uniquely level-header mantra for re-entering society.

Paul & Linda McCartney, “Ram” [50th Anniversary Half-Speed Mastering]

This warm, mossy 50th anniversary reissue benefits from the dirtball proceedings of its homespun recording sessions and its homier, oblong songs.

Annette Peacock, “X-Dreams” + “The Perfect Release” (Remastered)

Both records remain stunning after nearly 45 years, with neither losing their punch or import.

Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis, “She Walks in Beauty”

Faithfull finds sympathetic, poetic tones and empathetic lilting melodies in the guise of producer/violinist Ellis.

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, “If They’re Mine”

The seven-track debut’s unique blend of jazz, R&B, and sensual lyricism is wonderfully enticing.

STRFKR, “Reptilians” 10-Year Anniversary Edition

The group’s remastered 2011 LP arrives with 4 bonus tracks, new artwork, and plenty of nostalgia.

The Mars Volta, “La Realidad de los Sueños”

The mega-box set gives rabid fans something to hold onto, stuffing the band’s innovative discography into an immense treasure chest.

Mannequin Pussy, “Perfect”

The Philly punks’ latest resurrects simmering ’90s punk on their five-track EP, which covers plenty of ground.

Juliana Hatfield, “Blood”

Hatfield’s 17th collection of original solo material is a fever dream entirely of the indie legend’s own creation.

Lydia Ainsworth, “Sparkles & Debris”

Ainsworth’s fourth album is a utopia of art-pop soundscapes, ’80s-vibe synths, and soulful vocals.

Sons of Kemet, “Black to the Future”

The jazz collective’s fourth album is first and foremost a dance record, bruising, visceral, and thrilling in its physicality.

Paris Texas, “Boy Anonymous”

The duo’s new EP takes you back to the early 2010s when guitar-infused rap was making a comeback.

Weezer, “Van Weezer”

While this homage to hard rock isn’t a return to the great heights the band has scaled in the past, it’s also far removed from the valleys they’ve trudged through.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, “The Jazz EP”

The virtuosic Mexican guitar duo have created a sonic stage play in three acts with three unique covers.

Tony Allen, “There Is No End”

This posthumous LP is less a grand finale summing up a career than it is another piece of a greater puzzle.

Big Mother Gig, “Gusto”

There’s a loose recklessness to these classic alt-rock melodies that convey being stuck in a rut—but also the determination to get out of it.

Various Artists, “Arc Mountain”

The new comp demonstrates just how comfortable Deathbomb Arc’s vocalists are working over borderline-nonsense electronics courtesy of Hausu Mountain.

Sam Valdez, “Take Care”

Valdez’s debut blends airy vocals with atmospheric reverb to create an indie pop experience that’s decidedly Californian.

Gojira, “Fortitude”

The French prog metal collective’s seventh album is a tornado of blastbeats, guttural growls, and devilish incantations.

Angel Olsen, “Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories”

The bonus LP of B-sides provides a sense of completion to Olsen’s “All Mirrors” era, although the set as whole feels a bit uneven.

Sufjan Stevens, “Convocations”

This 49-track space odyssey is a precarious and complicated release, like a a laugh escaping the mouth of someone too tired of weeping.

Mother Nature, “SZNZ”

The tonal shifts on this mixtape seem as unpredictable as Chicago’s climate, showcasing a wide variety of boom-bap boasts and playful reflections.

Mia Joy, “Spirit Tamer”

Mia Joy Rocha’s debut set of dirges sprinkled with honeyed lullabies are sure to drop you into an unexpected dreamscape.

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