Here’s a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:
- Ben Folds, Way to Normal
Ben there, done that — crafty piano man hits creative impasse.
Listen to “Bitch Went Nuts”
- Jack’s Mannequin, The Glass Passenger
SoCal rocker survives personal catastrophe with tuneful flair.
Listen to “The Resolution”
- Mercury Rev, Snowflake Midnight
Flaming who? Visionary group makes lovely melodies, not war.
Listen to “Snowflakes In A Hot World”
- Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, The Fabled City
The news is getting worse on guitar hero’s follow-up dispatch.
Listen to “What It Takes”
- Murs, Murs for President
Call him Barack O’Drama — the rap game’s agent of change.
Listen to “Can It Be”
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- Bayside, Shudder
Lawn Guyland emoters need to improve their bedside manner.
- Dungen, 4
Trading ax for keys, psych virtuoso tones down the fuzz.
- Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Primary Colours
Protean Aussie punks rock and roil the pub (and beyond).
- Innerpartysystem, Innerpartysystem
Buy your arm warmers and studded belts now, kids — it’s on!
- Termanology, Politics as Usual
1994 changed his life, and he’s not gonna let anybody forget it.