Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras & the Congos, ‘FRKWYS Vol. 9: Icon Give Thank’ (RVNG Intl)

L.A. freaks splinter beloved reggae voices into hyper-heady crystal chaos.
By: Richard Gehr / April 11, 2012

Bassnectar, ‘Vava Voom’ (Amorphous)

Dubby, festival-trance gold. Peaks with sinister nods to jungle raves and Lupe Fiasco on the bass dro…
By: Puja Patel / April 11, 2012

Pelican, ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis ‘ (Southern Lord)

Following three moody tracks, the instrumental post-metallers shine best on a hook-laden, melodic closer…
By: Kory Grow / April 11, 2012

Dinosaur Feathers, ‘Whistle Tips’ (Ernest Jenning)

Fidgety, Brooklyn indie-rock adventurers add a drummer, get cleaner, tighter, crunchier.
By: David Bevan / April 11, 2012

Various Artists, ‘Eastbound & Down Soundtrack’ (Fat Possum)

Nice deep cuts from the Slits and MC5 scattered among stripper-pole jams and Kenny Powers dialogue.
By: David Marchese / April 11, 2012

Amadou & Mariam, ‘Folila’ (Nonesuch)

For all we know, there's a guitarist on every Bamako street corner who can outplay Amadou Bagayoko. Over the past decade, caravan-loads of superior shredders,…
By: Keith Harris / April 10, 2012

Bonnie Raitt, ‘Slipstream’ (Redwing)

One reggaefied AM gem ("Right Down the Line)," two bluesed-out '90s Dylan cuts, and many, many great guitars.
By: Keith Harris / April 10, 2012

M. Ward, ‘A Wasteland Companion’ (Merge)

Tasteful, tuneful, highly whimsical Americana (Zooey drops by) wherein nothing much ever feels at stake.
By: David Marchese / April 10, 2012

Grand Duchy, ‘Let the People Speak’ (Sonic Unyon)

Some future-past-perfect pop jams (and some rocks) escape Frank Black and Violet's surreal wormhole.
By: Melissa Giannini / April 10, 2012

Acephalix, ‘Deathless Master’ (Southern Lord)

Locomotive death metal played as tinny cassette-era slurry, swinging with crustpunker abandon.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 10, 2012
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