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La Luz: Weirdo Shrine
Buy! - (Hardly Art)
This Seattle band’s second album is another impressive blend of noirish surf-rock and ‘60s girl-group pop. Produced by Ty Segall, the album’s sound is a bit more raw than their debut full-length, combining fierce surf-guitar riffs, eerie keyboards and driving rhythms with ethereal four-part harmonies, often-dark lyrics and captivating pop hooks. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Other La Luz album reviews:

It's Alive - 10/18/2013
Damp Face - 11/2/2012

Georgia: Georgia
Buy! - (Domino)
The debut album from this British producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter is an adventurous, shape-shifting blend of moody electro-pop with grime, R&B, post-punk, baile funk and more, combining loud, fuzzy synths and punchy, hard-hitting beats with her breathy vocals and personal lyrics. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Worriers: Imaginary Life
Buy! - (Don Giovanni)
The debut full-length from this Brooklyn-based band led by Lauren Denitzio is an impressive set of anthemic pop-punk with crunchy guitars, driving rhythms, often-politically inspired lyrics and sparkling pop hooks. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

HEALTH: Death Magic
Buy! - (Loma Vista)
This LA band’s third album (and first in six years) is their most polished and melodic release, though they still inject plenty of grinding synth noise and harsh industrial beats into some adventurous electro-pop jams. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Tunde Olaniran: Transgressor
Buy! - (Quite Scientific)
This Nigerian-born, Flint, MI-based artist’s debut full-length is an adventurous blend of hip hop, R&B, electro-pop, post-punk and more, combining bright synths and shape-shifting hip hop rhythms with his limber, wide-ranging vocals and often-politically charged lyrics. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

The Mynabirds: Lovers Know
Buy! - (Saddle Creek)
The third album from this Omaha band led by Laura Burhenn (ex-Georgie James) is a strong set of moody electro-pop inflected with R&B, hip hop, shoegazer dream-pop and more, combining bright keyboards and fuzzy guitars with her husky, aching vocals and personal lyrics of love lost and found. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Mac DeMarco: Another One
Buy! - (Captured Tracks)
Mac DeMarco – Another One (Captured Tracks) This New York-based Canadian artist’s latest release is a strong 8-song mini-album of hazy, psych-tinged slacker-pop with woozy guitar lines, cheap synths, easygoing rhythms, lovelorn lyrics and wistful melodies. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Other Mac DeMarco album reviews:

Salad Days - 3/28/2014
2 - 11/2/2012

Antarctigo Vespucci: Leavin' La Vida Loca
Buy! - (Really)
The debut full-length from the New York/Florida duo of Jeff Rosenstock (ex-Bomb The Music Industry) and Chris Farren of Fake Problems is a promising blend of punkish power-pop and wistful beach-pop with crunchy guitars, energetic rhythms and sunny pop hooks juxtaposed with often-bleak lyrics. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Danny Newcomb & The Sugar Makers: Masterwish
Buy! - (HockeyTalkter)
The debut album from the former guitarist with Goodness and The Rockfords is a promising set of well-crafted power pop with jangly guitars, punchy rhythms, nasal vocals and catchy pop hooks. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Seapony: A Vision
Buy! - (self-released)
This Seattle band’s third album is another captivating set of breezy, well-crafted dream-pop with jangly, surf-inflected guitars, atmospheric keyboards, wistful melodies, soft, airy vocals and melancholy lyrics. The album also features a bit more of an organic sound, mainly due to swapping out the drum machines of their first two records in favor of live drums. 7/24/2015 - Don Yates

Other Seapony album reviews:

Falling - 9/7/2012
Go With Me - 5/17/2011

Mas Ysa: Seraph
Buy! - (Downtown)
The debut full-length from Montreal-born, Woodstock, NY-based artist Thomas Arsenault (aka Mas Ysa) is a potent set of moody electro-pop with bright synths, propulsive rhythms, dramatic, tremulous vocals, emotive lyrics and epic sing-along choruses. 7/24/2015 - Don Yates

Pete Quirk: Fail On, Fail Better
Buy! - (self-released)
The frontman for Seattle band The Cave Singers steps out for a fine set of well-crafted folk-pop that sounds like a more intimate and acoustic-oriented version of the music he makes with his regular band. 7/24/2015 - Don Yates

Adult Mom: Momentary Lapse of Happily
Buy! - (Tiny Engines)
The debut album from this project led by Purchase College, NY artist Steph Knipe is a promising set ranging from lilting garage-pop to stark, intimate folk-pop, with her soft, light vocals delivering often brutally honest lyrics revolving around gender identity, heartache, loss and growing up. 7/24/2015 - Don Yates

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Buy! - (Merge)
This New Jersey band isn’t known for lacking in ambition, but their fourth album is epic even by their own standards. A 29-song, 94+-minute rock opera inspired by frontman Patrick Stickles’ struggle with manic depression, The Most Lamentable Tragedy features a full, grand sound to match with strings (courtesy of Owen Pallett), piano, horns, organ and more fleshing out a fierce, on-point rock band blending anthemic Springsteen rock with blazing hardcore punk, reckless Replacements abandon, stomping Pogues Celtic punk, Stones swagger, choral majesty and more on an impressive variety of literate, live-wire songs that add up to one of the year’s best albums. 7/24/2015 - Don Yates

Other Titus Andronicus album reviews:

Local Business - 10/19/2012
The Monitor - 2/26/2010
The Airing of Grievances - 1/13/2009

Tame Impala: Currents
Buy! - (Interscope)
The third Tame Impala album from Perth, Australia’s Kevin Parker finds him setting aside most of the guitars and heading in a more electronic-oriented direction for a beautifully crafted, psych-tinged blend of spacy electro-pop, sleek astral soul and disco-inspired dance-pop that combines a densely layered and intricately detailed sound with his Lennonesque, falsetto-laden vocals and reflective lyrics about loss and change. 7/17/2015 - Don Yates

Other Tame Impala album reviews:

Lonerism - 10/5/2012
InnerSpeaker - 6/18/2010

Wilco: Star Wars
Buy! - (self-released)
Released by surprise on July 16th, the ninth album from this veteran Chicago band led by Jeff Tweedy is a smartly crafted blend of stomping glam-rock, buzzing motorik post-punk, atmospheric space-rock jams, plaintive psych-folk ballads and more, combining a raw, live sound with shape-shifting arrangements and plenty of adventurous guitar work from Nels Cline. 7/17/2015 - Don Yates

Other Wilco album reviews:

The Whole Love - 9/20/2011
(the album) - 6/22/2009
Sky Blue Sky - 5/8/2007
A Ghost Is Born - 6/11/2004
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - 4/15/2002
Summerteeth - 3/15/1999
Being There - 11/15/1996

Strange Wilds: Subjective Concepts
Buy! - (Sub Pop)
This Olympia trio’s debut album is an impressive blend of aggressive post-punk, Nirvana Bleach-era grunge and fiery hardcore punk with guttural guitar riffs, pummeling rhythms, snarling vocals and fist-pumping song hooks. 7/17/2015 - Don Yates

Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf
Buy! - (Heavenly)
The solo debut album from this former frontwoman with the Pipettes is an impressive set of psych-tinged space-pop with eerie analog synths, hypnotic rhythms, breathy vocals and dystopian lyrics of a totalitarian future. Seven of the album’s eight songs are sung in Welsh while the other is sung in Cornish. 7/17/2015 - Don Yates

Miguel: Wildheart
Buy! - (RCA)
This LA artist’s third and best album is a masterful, expansive blend of futuristic R&B, funk, prog, psych-rock and more that’s reminiscent at times of other musical adventurers like Prince, D’Angelo and Frank Ocean. The album features a hazy, beautifully detailed sound featuring fuzzy psych-rock guitars, spacy keyboards and blunted funk rhythms accompanying his aching, soulful vocals and LA-centered lyrics blending the carnal with the philosophical. 7/10/2015 - Don Yates

The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes
Buy! - (Astralwerks)
The longtime British duo’s eighth album (and first in five years) is a strong set ranging from psych-tinged acid house jams with squelchy synths and propulsive rhythms to atmospheric psych-pop ballads. 7/10/2015 - Don Yates

Other Chemical Brothers album reviews:

Further - 6/18/2010
Push the Button - 1/14/2005
Come With Us - 1/15/2002
Dig Your Own Hole - 4/15/1997

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