In Stores Now 9/26

In Stores Now
Janice Headley

It's another strong week of new releases, and don't forget: KEXP can only discover this new music when you help power us! Consider making a gift to KEXP during the Fall Fundraising Drive.

Philadelphia-based band Beach Slang return with what KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls, "another excellent set of punkish, Replacements-style rock with loud, layered guitars, driving rhythms, cathartic song hooks and often-stirring lyrics of alienated youth getting by on love, drugs and rock 'n' roll." LVL UP do just that on their third release, "a strong set of '90s-steeped indie-rock reminiscent at times of Pavement, Built To Spill and Neutral Milk Hotel, combining fuzzy guitars, atmospheric synths and bright song hooks, with lyrics ranging from ruminations on spirituality to more personal fare."

Tampa, FL-bred band Merchandise share their fifth album, and first to be partially recorded in an actual studio. It's "a beautifully crafted blend of goth-tinged post-punk and shoegazer psych-rock, with an atmospheric sound featuring reverberating guitars, shimmering keyboards, cavernous drums, gloomy vocals, majestic song hooks and often-dark lyrics revolving around isolation and alienation." Last week's in-studio guests Warpaint bring "a more immediate sound with more prominent rhythms on their third album. It's a typically well-crafted set of brooding post-punk inflected with dub, funk and other styles, juxtaposing often-dark grooves with optimistic lyrics." And the latest from Devendra Banhart is "one of his more low-key and understated efforts, with a warm and intimate folk-pop sound flavored with bossa nova, samba, Japanese folk and other styles."

  • Audio Push - "Hypocrite"
  • from 90951 on Good Vibe Tribe
  • Beach Slang - "Punks In A Disco Bar"
  • from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings on Polyvinyl
  • Billy Bragg / Joe Henry - "Gentle On My Mind"
  • from Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad on Cooking Vinyl
  • Biosphere - "Sweet Dreams Form A Shade"
  • from Departed Glories on Smalltown Supersound
  • Boxed In - "Shadowboxing"
  • from Melt on Nettwerk
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • from Chapter & Verse on Columbia / Sony Music
  • Camberwell Now - "Speculative Fiction"
  • from The Ghost Trade reissue on Light in the Attic
  • Danny & the Darleans - "Bug out Bag"
  • from Bug Out on In the Red Records
  • David Bowie
  • from Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) on Parlophone
  • Devendra Banhart - "Middle Names"
  • from Ape in Pink Marble on Nonesuch
  • Dwight Yoakam - "Purple Rain"
  • from Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... on Sugar Hill
  • Eola - "B and O Blues"
  • from Dang on Leaving
  • Every Time I Die - "Glitches"
  • from Low Teens on Epitaph
  • Ex-Cult - "Attention Ritual"
  • from Negative Growth on In the Red Records
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • from Mirage reissue on Rhino
  • Flock of Dimes - "Semaphore"
  • from If You See Me, Say Yes on Partisan
  • Flyying Colours - "Long Holiday"
  • from Mindfullness on Club AC30
  • Forma - "improvisation for flute and piano"
  • from Physicalist on Kranky
  • Game Theory
  • from Big Shot Chronicles on Omnivore
  • Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - "0046"
  • from Broken Lines on Party Smasher
  • Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - "A 1000 Times"
  • from I Had A Dream That You Were Mine on Glassnote
  • How to Dress Well - "What’s Up"
  • from Care on Weird World/Domino
  • Howe Gelb - "Vortexas"
  • from Sno' Angel Like You/Sno' Angel Winging It reissue on Fire Records
  • Idina Menzel - "I See You"
  • from Idina. on Warner Bros.
  • Jah Wobble - "XXXXXXXX"
  • from In Dub on 30 Hertz Records / Cherry Red
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • from The Art of Elegance on Concord
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry - "Music & Science Madness"
  • from Must Be Free on Megawave Records
  • LVL UP - "Pain"
  • from Return to Love on Sub Pop
  • Madeira - "Manipulator"
  • from Bad Humors on Carpark
  • Merchandise - "Lonesome Sound"
  • from A Corpse Wired for Sound on 4AD
  • Mick Jenkins - "Spread Love"
  • from The Healing Component on Free Nation
  • My Chemical Romance - "The Five Of Us Are Dying (Rough Mix)"
  • from The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts on Reprise / Warner Bros.
  • Neurosis
  • from Fires Within Fires on Neurot
  • Passenger
  • from Young as the Morning Old as the Sea on Black Crow Records / Nettwerk
  • Randy Newman - "Guilty"
  • from The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 3 compilation on Nonesuch
  • Reckless Kelly - "Sunset Motel"
  • from Sunset Motel on No Big Deal Records / Thirty Tigers
  • Selector Dub Narcotic - "Hotter Than Hott"
  • from This Party Is Just Getting Started on K Records
  • Seth Lakeman - "Ballad Of The Broken Few"
  • from Ballads of the Broken Few on Cooking Vinyl
  • Shabaka & the Ancestors - "NATTY"
  • from Wisdom of Elders on Brownswood
  • Shawn Mendes - "Illuminate"
  • from Illuminate on Island / Virgin EMI
  • Skylar Grey - "Kill for You Ft Eminem"
  • from Natural Causes on Interscope / Kid Ina Korner / Polydor
  • The Sword - "Seriously Mysterious"
  • from Low Country on Razor & Tie
  • Ty Dolla $ign - "Campaign (feat. Future)"
  • from Campaign on Atlantic
  • Vangelis - "Rosetta Timeline"
  • from Rosetta on Clioti/Decca
  • Warpaint - "New Song"
  • from Heads Up on Rough Trade
  • WIFE - "Glass Interruption"
  • from Standard Nature on Profound Lore

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