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New Albums from Morrissey, M. Ward, and 18 More


Here’s a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:

Morrissey, Years of Refusal
Mayor of Mope is back for another term.
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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Century of Self
Former major-label brats recover art-rock equanimity.
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Asobi Seksu, Hush
Loveless children mature into ultracool geeks, natch.
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Beirut/Realpeople, March of the Zapotec/Holland
Global pop voyeur nods to corridos de muerte.
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Living Things, Habeas Corpus
St. Louis punks offer short respite from machine-raging.
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M. Ward, Hold Time
Crafty arrangements overcome post-nasal drip.
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Thursday, Common Existence
Fleeing screamo tag, Jersey crew look to neo-psych guru.
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Benjy Ferree, Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
Rootsy song cycle honors sad demise of Disney child star.
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Iran, Dissolver
Brooklyn scene kings give mystical tint to pal’s songs.
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Alela Diane, To Be Still
Folk rendered so purely that it’s nearly abstract.
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The Drones, Havilah
Down Under doomsayers kindle a literary blaze.
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Robyn Hitchcock, Goodnight Oslo
Mind-bending vet sounds younger than yesterday.
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Ex-trucker wades through doomed romance, booze.
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Eleni Mandell, Artificial Fire
Silver Lake chanteuse pens intense mash notes.
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These Are Powers, All Aboard Future
Cerebral Brooklynites give art rock a cool jolt.
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Various Artists, Dark Was The Night
Thirty-one heartfelt tracks and not a solitary dud!
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Vetiver, Tight Knit
Timeless midnight musings cast sneaky, luxuriant spell.
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William Elliott Whitmore, Animals in the Dark
Heartland firebrand blows fuse, fights for truth.
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>> Hey, Look at Me! Morrissey, Rufus, Green Day, and More
>> Exclusive: In the Studio: …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
>> Exclusive Download: Living Things’ New Single
>> Exclusive Video: Thursday in the Studio
>> Artist of the Day: Benjy Ferree
>> New Stream: Asobi Seksu, “Me & Mary”
>> Beirut Plays SpinHouse Live
>> Jason Isbell, Sirens of the Ditch (New West)
>> Vetiver, Thing of the Past (Gnomonsong)
>> First Look: M. Ward, “Hold Time”