Beak, ‘Eyrie’ (Someoddpilot)

Chicago post-metal party crashers have songwriting acumen and hardcore bent that 2006's Neur-Isis copycats sorely lacked.
By: Kory Grow / April 9, 2012

Elliott Yamin, ‘Let’s Get to What’s Real’ (eOne)

Forgoing Idol-ized R&B for the real thing, shorty finally gets the grooves to suit his pipes.
By: Barry Walters / April 9, 2012

Kasper Bjorke, ‘Fool’ (hfn)

Danish cuddle-disco producer dances with tears in eyes, bet-hedging indie hooks: Rain, honeybees, David Letterman.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 9, 2012

Black Mountain, ‘Year Zero Original Soundtrack’ (Jagjaguwar)

Folk-metal soundtrack to sci-fi surf flick never sounds incidental, but must need salt-spray to be blissful.
By: David Marchese / April 6, 2012

White Fence, ‘Family Perfume Vol. 1′ (Woodsist)

First of ex-Strange Boy's two-disc opus is a frizzled, fried, raucous ride through late '60s psych.
By: David Bevan / April 6, 2012

Great Lake Swimmers, ‘New Wild Everywhere’ (Nettwerk)

Sure, you Canadians have pedal steel and weepy strings, but nobody believes you own a horse.
By: Josh Modell / April 6, 2012

Yppah, ‘Eighty One’ (Ninja Tune)

Brooding landscapes, rap breaks, a folksy siren where we'd rather have '90s Bono. Burn incense, will world peace.
By: Puja Patel / April 6, 2012

Quantic & Alice Russell With the Combo Barbaro, ‘Look Around the Corner’ (Tru Thoughts)

A Colombian jazz band and Russell’s raspy vocals freshen this polyglot salsa-soul stew.
By: Mosi Reeves / April 6, 2012

Ceu, ‘Caravana Sereia Bloom’ (Six Degrees)

Breathy chanteuse ditches lounge, hits road, rediscovers eclectic sounds of Northeastern Brazil.
By: Richard Gehr / April 6, 2012

Fat Trel, ‘Nightmare on E Street’ (Self-Released)

If raw talent were as valuable as buzz in hip-hop, then Fat Trel would be a superstar. On a pure performance level, the 21-year-old goon-ra…
By: Andrew Nosnitsky / April 6, 2012
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