"For me, this is easily the album of the year. This guy is quite productive and his newest disc could be his best yet. Mr. Earle's style of country/folk has shades of some of the greats, while still maintaining that unique "it" quality of his own. Although his stock is rising, Mr. Earle is vastly under appreciated. Try: "Ain't Waitin'""
"A new Hot Chip release is always something that I very much look forward toward. This album does not disappoint and provides a similar direction to their recent "Made in the Dark." This album has a bit less of the ballads and lets the tracks flow and develop more than the prior album...if that makes sense. Just give it a listen. Try: "One Life Stand""
"As an admirer of Sigur Ros' work, I was very much intrigued by Jonsi's solo album. "Go" is mostly upbeat and takes aim at more conventional song structures (seemingly). However, it is Jonsi's overall more organic style that's on display here. Try: "Sinking Friendships""
"The newest from The Radio Dept is their most concise effort yet. Only a hair longer than an EP, this album is their most consistent yet. There is nothing new here, so if you are familiar with their dreamy-pop style sound, you won't be disappointed. Try: "Video Dept""
"An excellent album from up-and-coming songwriter Michael Trent, who is also half of the group Shovels and Rope. This is a quality disc of roots/country music that features great songwriting. Try: "Kitchen - Hallway""
"This is a great collaborative effort that seems to be a creative step forward for Gorillaz. I wasn't too keen on their prior album, but this album is a solid listen in its entirety and features the best collaborations on any Gorillaz album. Try: "White Flag""
"While all of the buildup surrounding this album, expectations were running very high. While some tracks were a plain miss, for me, this could certainly be the album of the summer. Try: "Shine Blockas""
"It has been far too long since Mr. Stevens has released some new material. Ever inventive, as far as song structures are concerned, this EP is something different from him. Try: "All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)""
"Sufjan's first full-length in five years is bound to be divisive. First of all, auto-tune is involved here. As will be noted, Sufjan breaks with his past style into a vastly more electronic realm. However, the songs here are still excellent and, I think, will impress if given an open-minded listen. Try: "Impossible Soul""
"This 9-piece Norwegian collective is back with some new material. If you are not acquainted, I highly suggest that you familiarize yourself with their great style of modern, spacey jazz tunes. Try: "Bananfluer Overalt""
"It has been far too long since a new album by The Books. This latest fits in very well with their catalogue. I'd say this is more of a departure from their most recent album. The wonderful, atmospheric sound collages are there are as great as ever. Try: "Free Translator""
"This latest from Willie covers some of the basic country roots and the rest of the album leans heavily in that direction. The guy is living legend and a very active one at that. Try: "Satisfied Mind""
"The latest from Arcade Fire has been hotly anticipated by many. For me, this album was a significant step forward from 'Neon Bible,' which just didn't quite do it for me. Although their are a few lackluster tracks, such as the title track, this is a great listen that delivers the high standard expected from this group."
"The latest offering from this jazz-trio is their first of completely original tunes. The product here is not a departure from their established sound, but they certainly cement their brand of original, modern jazz. Try: "My Friend Metatron"
"'Bout time for the latest record from this indie troupe of artists. This one could quite possibly be their best full-length. The songs mesh with one another quite well and create quite the listening experience.. Try: "Sentimental X's""
"The newest disc from this super group, of sorts, is a bit of a drop off from their debut, in my opinion. It follows the same sort of gritty rock from their last album and runs with it. Overall, a good listen. Try: "Gasoline""
"Kurt Vile does not rest and although this is an EP, it offers some glimpses of a new direction. This 'lo-fi hiss' appears to be tuned down in favor of a more jam-out and nailed down style. I, for one, enjoyed this disc very much."
"This disc caught me a bit off guard. Expect something in the vein of Fleet Foxes or The Shins, but they certainly put their own take on the style. There is nothing ground-breaking on this album, but it is a well affirmed album overall. Try: "Sleepin In""
"Supposedly the final installment to Johnny Cash's "American" series has finally arrived. This is a very compact disc and not as strong as American V. This one is a no-brainer to give a try and a great listen. Try: "For the Good Times""
"The latest from this ensemble led by Luke Temple is a somewhat spaced out romp that meanders through the tracks. While I find the Here We Go Magic efforts to be a bit weaker than his solo material, this is a step forward from their debut. Try: "Pigeons""
"The second release from this group is a drop-off from their prior effort. However, they continue in a similar direction and this EP certainly has its songs. Being that Kurt Vile was in this band, check them out if you are a fan."
"The newest from the System does not disappoint. This guy just consistently cranks out some infectious dance tunes and this effort is no exception. However, like other LCD albums, this is not a consistent listen. There are some real duds, such as "Drunk Girls," that are sprinkled amongst the good ones. Try: "Dance Yrself Clean""