Just Like That..., the lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner’s first new studio album in six years, is both one of the most heartfelt and most daring works in her storied 51-year recording career. Raitt’s always-expressive singing is more soulful and nuanced than ever, while her songwriting achieves new levels of craft and sophistication.
Bodysnatcher play a down tempo, extremely brutal beatdown version of deathcore. Their previous album, This Heavy Void, saw the band catapult into the extreme metal scene, garnering a number of successful tour runs with Chelsea Grin, Lorna Shore, Enterprise Earth, and Slaughter To Prevail. The new record showcases the band completely dialed in, knocking on the doors of deathcore's contemporary subgenre leaders.
If Undeath sound hyper-focused on one style, their commitment to this vision is also part of their appeal. The lyrics take delight in exploring death and torture from every angle. The message is plain: The human body is disgusting. Man's capacity for evil knows no limits. Undeath excel by soundtracking these thoughts through pitch-perfect metal bursting with energy. For them, death is only the beginning.
Jukebox Charley is the 4th installment in Charley Crockett'sLil G.L. Presents series of releases, which focus on heartfelt renditions of songs from some of Charley's biggest musical influences. This newest cover record is packed with songs originally written by greats such as Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and more.
Used colloquially as an expletive, the title roughly translates from the Irish language into English as 'the damnation of the deer'; the spelling crassly anglicized, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph - the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatized culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.
Staples follows up his intimate self-titled album with Ramona. “There’s a direct correlation,” Staples says of the two records. “They were kind of created at the same time. I was in a similar state of mind. This album will make even more sense if you heard the previous one, but this one has more answers. It’s symbolic of home,” he says of the Long Beach neighborhood for which the album is named.
“The last bastion of country music,” says Hedley, “was the early 1990s. You could turn on the radio and immediately know you’re hearing a country song. You could still hear steel guitar and fiddle. But there was a hard fork around 1996 or ’97, when country veered off into pop territory. Neon Blue asks, What if that fork had never happened? What if country kept on sounding like country?”
Everything Was Beautiful pulls heavily from throughout the Spiritualized catalog, whether it be the Ladies and Gentlemen-era “Best Thing You Ever Had”, the soft, sentimentality of Pierce’s mid-career work on “Crazy” or the lush balance of And Nothing. All those influences, and their tonal similarities to his last album, never distract or take away from the conceptual success of Everything Was Beautiful.
Willie is back with his 72ND solo studio album. The 14 tracks include 5 new Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon compositions, new songs from Chris Stapleton & Rodney Crowell (“I’ll Love You Till The End Of Time”) and a cadre of top Nashville songwriters, plus a couple of plum covers by Leonard Cohen (“Tower Of Song”) and The Beatles (“With A Little Help From My Friends”) given expert interpretation by Willie.
As their boldest and most viscerally charged output to date, The Silence in Between amplifies the unbridled energy that’s made Bob Moses a repeat winner of Resident Advisor’s Best Live Act prize. It encompasses a glorious collision of moody guitar tones, mercurial textures, and wildly propulsive beats as Moses channels the dizzying euphoria of new romance.
Two Ribbons is astonishing: a dazzling, heart-breaking, life-affirming and mortality-facing record that reveals the duo’s growing artistry and ability to parse intense feeling into lyrics so memorable you'd scribble them on your backpack. This is the artefact that signals progression out of very distressing times; a story of loss, change, and of survival; a proof of life.
Lady For Sale showcases Kirke’s unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store tv commercial synth stylings, and unabashedly feminine background vocals. It’s decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from its genre (and the world in general) in recent years.
Following in the footsteps of their predecessors Public Enemy while drawing from influences as varied as My Bloody Valentine and German experimentalists Faust, Dälek have succeeded in adding completely new textural and structural dimensions to rap music. Their brutal sonic temperament pushes rap music’s capacity for noise and protest to some exhilarating conclusions.
Wet Tennis is about forward movement, optimism and positive growth, no matter what the challenge. It’s a dedication to constantly evolving and celebrating aliveness. Wetness is excitement, mother nature, movement, flow, sweat, and juice. It's athletic and elegant. It's loud and bright. All these qualities will be on full display when Sofi Tukker comes to town, both on stage and in the audience.
This is an interstellar synthesis of astral Soul, R&B, and sci-fi Funk, oscillating between Alice Coltrane-inspired bliss & Giorgio Moroder’s ecstatic release. Each song hovers and pulsates in the wide, dark matter—constellations guiding a journey through the subtle body, the vast fullness of the human experience and the irresistible potential of liberation.
Alpha Games (the band’s first new album in seven years) veers from the intense & confrontational (“Traps”, “Day Drinker”) to melodic and introspective (“If We Get Caught”, “By Any Means Necessary”) and marks a new and important chapter in one of music’s most important voices in Kele Okereke and important bands in Bloc Party.
Rammstein in 2022 can still singe your face with the full force of their attack, but on Zeit they prove more than ever that they aren’t afraid to peel away their layers, lay bare their fears and show you their scars. Available as 2 LP set on 180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket with gold embossed logo sleeve. Large format 20-page booklet included.
Satan's Host require no introduction, an American metal institution and one of the original pioneers of both thrash and power metal. Unique unto themselves, they once more present a genre-encompassing sound and album which unites the best elements of true heavy metal with thrash, black, death and power metal into a cauldron of epic true metal classics, This Legacy Will Never Die!
Swiftly following 2021's break-through death metal album Fiendish, Carnal Savagery returns. Once more delivering a sarcophagus-sized slab of putrid old school death metal, Scent of Death is ripe with catchy melodic rhythms, memorable choruses, pounding drums, brutal vocals, and searing solos. This Scent will continue to permeate the air and the metal scene long after the corpses it leaves behind have decayed!
Misfire makes old-school flavored thrash metal devastation with the kind of bombastic firepower that could wake the dead. It's music that could have arrived in the thrash golden age of 1986, when bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dark Angel, and Sodom delivered vital records. And yet Misfire is forward-thinking, injecting modern metal mastery into their brew for a powerful, timeless sound.