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Clancy marks Twenty One Pilots’ first studio album in three years and follows their RIAA Gold certified LP, Scaled And Icy. With details of the release teased to fans earlier this month via cryptic mailings and covert artswaps on streaming services, “Overcompensate” welcomes listeners back to the band’s immersive world of ‘Trench.’ Layers of synths build over a racing breakbeat in the song - a skilled passage of alternative dynamics, flexing in time, and ready to explode. Having amassed over 33 billion streams worldwide and over 3 million tickets sold across global headline tours, the Columbus, OH based duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have established themselves as one of the most successful bands of the 21st century and redefined the sound of a generation.  Co-produced by Joseph and Paul Meany, Clancy marks the final chapter in an ambitious multi-album narrative first introduced in the band's 2015 multi-Platinum breakthrough, Blurryface.  Furthermore, Clancy’s forthcoming release on May 17th coincides with the 9th anniversary of Blurryface, which was released exactly nine years prior to the day. Twenty One Pilots extended the ambitious concept laid out in Blurryface with their 2018 Platinum-certified album TRENCH.  Featuring the multi-Platinum and Platinum singles “Chlorine,” “My Blood” and the GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Jumpsuit,” the album graced spots on “Best of” year-end lists by Billboard, KERRANG!, Alternative Press, and Rock Sound—who placed it at #1.

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Wallows / MODEL / The trio - comprised of Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston - recently announced their upcoming album, which is set to drop May 2024 via Atlantic Records. Product info: Indie Exclusive vinyl, Solid Orchid/Translucent Orange Crush
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Produced by Chris Coady and written by DIIV (pronounced Dive), Frog in Boiling Water, the band’s fourth full-length LP is a collection of snapshots that explores the brutal realities of end-stage capitalism and overwhelming technological advance. Across 10 dark and dazzling tracks, DIIV documents the collapse from various angles with unusual sensitivity and depth of purpose while expanding their grand, hypnotic shoegaze, to create a transportive, sensual work of hope, beauty and renewal.

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Timeless. Explosive. Romantic. Inspiring. How else to characterize Blue Electric Light, Lenny Kravitz’s 12th studio album? Kravitz’s mastery of deep-soul rock ‘n roll is a long-established fact. As a relentless creative force—musician, writer, producer, actor, author, designer—he continues to be a global dynamic presence throughout music, art and culture. Blue Electric Light is an impassioned suite of songs, that broadens this distinction and is the latest contribution of a man whose music—not to mention his singular style—continues to inspire millions the world over. On the album, Kravitz's talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist resonate as he wrote and played most of the instruments himself, with longtime guitarist Craig Ross. Lenny Kravitz has won four GRAMMY® Awards and sold 40 million worldwide. He was recently recognized by the CFDA with their “Fashion Icon Award” and was also selected as a 2023 Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee.

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Creed

Greatest Hits [2 LP]

Vinyl: $32.99 UNAVAILABLE

An arsenal of global smash hits from Grammy-winning hard rock titans Creed. This fourteen track collection spans the band's multi-Platinum studio albums My Own Prison, Human Clay and Weathered, including the singles “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “One Last Breath,” “My Sacrifice,” and more. The 2-LP set features an etched Side-D.

New Vinyl: $32.99
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Inspired by a lifetime of listening to jazz + woodshedding, Andrew Bird on his new album Sunday Morning Put-On presents his take on the Great American Songbook. Andrew Bird Trio features Ted Poor (drums) & Alan Hampton (bass), and transcends nostalgia, pushing his limits as an improviser. Replacing saxophones with violin solos, and showcasing Andrew's signature vocal prowess, the Trio reimagines jazz standards completely live in southern California’s legendary Valentine Studios.

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Double vinyl LP pressing. Grammy-nominated band Rival Sons release a remastered version of their 2012 album Head Down on their own label Sacred Tongue Records. The critically acclaimed third full-length album was widely celebrated as a game-changer for the band garnering accolades from across the globe. Head Down, includes the hit single and fan favourite Keep On Swinging, plus poppy retro dance numbers "Until The Sun Comes" and "Wild Animal." An album that showcases the versatility of Rival Sons, Head Down also includes the classic ballad of death and loss "Jordan" and Manifest Destiny Parts 1 & 2, an epic stonking room shaker of betrayal and revenge of the Native American People.
New Vinyl: $29.98
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Young Jesus

The Fool [Opaque White LP]

Vinyl: $28.98 UNAVAILABLE

John Rossiter (Young Jesus) had quit music to study permaculture and to work in landscapes and gardens. His last album, Shepherd Head, was too much time spent on the computer. Working with soil and plants gave him some life back. He said, “You know, when gardening, the right decision to make for the landscape is usually the one that is already happening. It just takes time to read what that is."

So, John left the orchard to meet Shahzad Ismaily (Feist, Lou Reed, Arooj Aftab) for lunch. They instantly bonded, talking about improvisation, rhythm, the heart. On a lark, Shahzad invited John to New York.

Songs started to form, songs about shame and grief, love and redemption. They came fast, a song a day for two weeks. It was different from past albums, which felt like years of hammering out lyrics and ideas. This one came in the wake of a long illness, where tunes came in a rush, as if they were physical, as if the body couldn’t heal without them. An almost involuntary outpouring, overrunning his usual self-consciousness.

Rossiter had to sit and transcribe without judgment: let the ideas grow on their own. Shahzad was in LA one day when John sat down at the piano and played them for him. They decided to record them at Shahzad's Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn – these songs would blossom into Young Jesus’ forthcoming album, The Fool.

Inner landscaping requires presence and bravery. It can get pretty dark and strange the deeper you walk into that jungle. And it’s from the absolute pits of that inner landscape that the truest music rises from. 

At the end of the last session, Rossiter and Alex Lappin sat down and drew tarot cards. John drew The Fool.

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Paul Weller

66 [Blue LP]

Vinyl: $37.99 UNAVAILABLE

66 is the 17th solo album from Paul Weller, marking his 66th journey around the sun, released on Polydor Records on 24 May. Artwork by Sir Peter Blake. Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 180g Blue vinyl. Includes a 12pg full size booklet and large foldout poster.

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The relatively short life of San Francisco’s Aluminum has so far yielded a single (Spinning Backwards, 2020) and an EP (Windowpane, 2022), but their debut LP, Fully Beat, overflows with tenured confidence and a singular style that deftly comprises shoegaze, big beat, and jangle pop. With influences ranging from Orbital, to Wipers, to The Avalanches and Sly and the Family Stone, theirs is a multifaceted take on established forms, fed through fuzz and led by honeyed, male-female vocal harmonies from Bay Area post-punk veterans Marc Leyda (of Wild Moth) and Ryann Gonsalves (of Torrey). “Smile” begins with deceptive sparseness, adding neon swirls of stacked tremolo over a mesmerizing lyrical refrain, and hinting at the dynamism to come with understated grace and grit. “Always Here, Never There” is Fully Beat’s first pure hit of melodic pop: its liquid bass groove winds beneath a melancholy-sweet synth hook and Leyda’s plaintive vocals,
while drummer Chris Natividad’s deep, pillowy snare and propulsive style maintain a driving pace. Lead single, “Behind My Mouth”, shifts gears into a big beat shuffle and howl of overdriven guitars, which relent to Gonsalves’ rolling bassline and playful, snarky vocal. Composed across several weeks of experimentation, it is a prime iteration of Aluminum’s meticulous world of sound, which nevertheless carries an air of wry nonchalance. Asking, “Do you ever see behind my mouth?”, Gonsalves notes that the song “comes from a place of wanting to be understood authentically, and to communicate intentionally.” This approach speaks to the album’s broader theme of exhaustion amid the demands of the modern grind: working unfulfilling jobs to pay exorbitant rent, feeling society break at
the seams, and trying to maintain a meaningful personal life with the remaining scraps of morale. The response, then, must be to find joy. These songs were crafted over a half-dozen months in basements and practice spaces, creating an abundance of authentic passion and catharsis that’s as nostalgic and comforting as a cherished, tattered band t-shirt. The closer, “Upside Down”, is a full-throttle blare of joyous release – “a straight-up love song,” according to Leyda. The deliberate choice to end it with a gradual fade, rather than a dramatic climax, smartly suggests the ambivalence of acceptance – perhaps fitting, when considering the immensity of the album’s subject matter. It also hints that there is much more to be said, and as such a rich and compelling debut, Fully Beat shows that Aluminum are only getting started.

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Thursday

WAR ALL THE TIME (LIVE) [2 LP]

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MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

LP1 Color in Color - Opaque Red in Clear •  LP2 Black in Clear

New Vinyl: $49.98 Digital:$9.99
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A star-studded collab between Fania All Stars and guests such as Jorge Santana, Billy Cobham, Manu Dibango and Jan Hammer that was recorded live and in the studio.  Live tracks were taken from the historic “Live At Yankee Stadium” and the Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente Stadium show. Featuring “El Raton”, “Soul Makossa” and other tracks that demonstrate the All S tars ability to fuse Jazz, Rock, Soul and Salsa as only they could do.

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Version A. 2024 release. Known as the leader of global K-Pop group BTS, RM releases his 2nd Solo Album titled 'Right Place, Wrong Person' which is available in 3 versions: Ver. A, Ver. B and Ver. C. Specific to each version, contents of the album include: CD, CD Envelope, File Holder, Posterbook (10 photos, folded), Photobook (40 pages), Lyrics (8 pages), Postcard (2 each), Photocard (2 each). Dimensions: 315 x 270 x 18 mm.
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Version B. 2024 release. Known as the leader of global K-Pop group BTS, RM releases his 2nd Solo Album titled 'Right Place, Wrong Person' which is available in 3 versions: Ver. A, Ver. B and Ver. C. Specific to each version, contents of the album include: CD, CD Envelope, File Holder, Posterbook (10 photos, folded), Photobook (40 pages), Lyrics (8 pages), Postcard (2 each), Photocard (2 each). Dimensions: 315 x 270 x 18 mm.
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Version C. 2024 release. Known as the leader of global K-Pop group BTS, RM releases his 2nd Solo Album titled 'Right Place, Wrong Person' which is available in 3 versions: Ver. A, Ver. B and Ver. C. Specific to each version, contents of the album include: CD, CD Envelope, File Holder, Posterbook (10 photos, folded), Photobook (40 pages), Lyrics (8 pages), Postcard (2 each), Photocard (2 each). Dimensions: 315 x 270 x 18 mm
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Dynamic garage rock duo The Courettes proudly present this collection of revamped classics from every era!Vocalist/guitarist Flavia Couri and drummer/producer Martin Couri bring a Phil Spector wall-of-sound inspired style to these collaborative tracks that feature guest appearances by The Grass Roots, Sam & Dave, The Flamin' Groovies, Johnny Thunders, and others!Also includes The Courettes' genius contribution to The Cramps tribute album ("Bikini Girls With Machine Guns") and the forthcoming Taylor Swift tribute ("Shake It Off")!
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Travis Denning

Roads That Go Nowhere

CD: $11.99 UNAVAILABLE

Travis Denning will release his debut, full-length album on May 24th and it will include 15 songs available on CD. Travis, a native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter and Mercury Nashville recording artist, first made waves with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” which has been certified Gold by the RIAA. He celebrated his first #1 and Platinum certified single with the “shadowy” (Rolling Stone) “After A Few” from Denning’s debut EP “Beer’s Better Cold”. This new album includes “Southern Rock” which features HARDY, as well as a song with Country artist Josh Ross, titled, “The Sound of a Beer Getting Cracked.” Denning will be on the road this Spring and Summer on the HARDY Quit!! tour and doing fairs and festivals

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What You've Got to Lose to Win It All' Is the highly anticipated debut album from East London Trio The Howlers, a 15 track collection, produced by Black Honey and defined by resilience, friendship and unconditional love through unimaginable pain. Taking their lead from an eclectic range of influences, from the film scores of Ennio Morricone and John Willams, to desert blues pioneers Tinariwen, Kurt Vile, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Father John Misty, The Howlers are far from your conventional British guitar band. The album's announcement comes with the release of new single 'Lady Luck' and the promise of an exceptional debut record. The Debut album promises glorious, expansive songs that conjure up cinematic landscapes a long, long way from London's East End. Escapism, perhaps, but entirely understandable and justified given what frontman Adam has experienced over the last two years. Two life threatening illnesses in the course of two months, the loss of four family members and two close friends and the following immeasurable grief have all played a huge part in the creation of the album, the devoted bond between bandmates and the unique connection between the band and their fanbase.
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Orange Crush Luzer Edition. "I was in a dream, but now I can see that change is the only law."With a credo adapted from science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, an album title from a collection of metaphysical poetry, and an expansion in consciousness brought on by personal crisis, guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland learns to embrace a changing world with unconditional love on News of the Universe, the new full-length from California rock band La Luz.News of the Universe is a record born of calamity, a work of dark, beautiful psychedelia reflecting Cleveland's experience of having her world blown apart by a breast cancer diagnosis just two years after the birth of her son. It's also a portrait of a band in flux, marking the first appearance for drummer Audrey Johnson and the final ones from longtime members bassist Lena Simon and keyboardist Alice Sandahl, whose contributions add a bittersweet edge to a record that is both elegy for an old world and cosmic road map to a strange new one.But is there any band in the world more suited to capturing the chaos of change in all it's messy beauty than La Luz? Formed by Cleveland in 2012, La Luz is beloved for their ability to balance bedlam and bliss, each new record another fine-tuning of the band's mix of swaggering riffs with angelic vocals borrowed from doo-wop and folk; a band so reliably great that it makes the huge step forward in confidence and sheer musicality that is News of the Universe all the more formidable. Cleveland, also a writer and painter, has developed into a truly original songwriter with her own canon of haunted psychedelia. Yet if Cleveland has spent years writing songs about ghosts, what lurks in the shadows of News of the Universe is nothing less than death itself. "There are moments on this album that sound to me like the last frantic confession before an asteroid destroys the earth," says Cleveland. The powerful sense of openness that permeates News of the Universe is at least partially due to the fact that it is a record made entirely by women-from the performing, writing, and producing all the way through to the recording, engineering, and mastering. Working with producer Maryam Qudos (Spacemoth), the all-female environment allowed Cleveland to feel safe tapping into difficult places and expressing hard emotions women are socialized to suppress. Unashamedly vulnerable, unabashedly feminine, and undeniably triumphant, News of the Universe is another knockout record from a band so reliably great that it has perhaps led people to overlook how pioneering La Luz really are: women of color in indie music forging their own path by following their own artistic star into galaxies beyond current musical trends, always led by an earnest belief in the cosmic power of love and a great riff. Never is that more true than on News of the Universe, which might be La Luz's most brutal record to date but also their most blissful.
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Grammy-nominated Kim Richey returns with her first album of new music in six years. The album's 10 tracks share a common thread of nostalgia and longing for times gone by. The album, except for one song, was produced by Doug Lancio in Nashville. Piano, flugel horn, pipe organ and acoustic guitars elevate these songs to a place that defies genre, but live somewhere in the folk, country, rock universe and illustrate what an incredible songwriter and singer Kim Richey is. Pressed on Clear Coke Bottle Vinyl! A1. Chapel Avenue A2. Goodbye Ohio A3. A Way Around A4. Joy Rider A5. Floating On The Surface B1. The World Is Flat B2. Take The Cake B3. Come Back To Me B4. Feel This Way B5. Moment In The Sun
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Alex Sipiagin

Horizons

CD: $14.98 UNAVAILABLE
2024 release.
New CD: $14.98
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2024 release. Love, Prison, Wisdom and Heartaches is the 37th solo studio album in Smith's recording career and is a collection of 12 tracks. The album contains covers of songs previously recorded by other artists.
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Full Circle is the latest release from The Spinners, one of the most beloved R&B vocal groups in the world. It marks the 70th anniversary of the band's formation and is the final album from the last original member, Henry Fambrough. The album features 10 brand new tracks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Spinners are embarking on a North American tour in support of the album.
New CD: $16.98

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