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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' latest rings the Billboard bell at number one

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 13th studio release is a hard-rocking, well-written gem. Petty’s first (ever!) number-one-selling record on the Billboard charts. Though a seasoned veteran, Petty’s voice sounds as fresh and rebellious as it ...

Curtis Harding's got Soul Power

Curtis Harding's neo-soul debut is multi-faceted — complex yet easygoing. It sounds as if Harding's been a successful solo artist for decades, not a man whose recent gig was as backup for CeeLo Green and, ...

We Are Only What We Feel, by NONONO

Synth-pop alive and kicking on Stockholm band's debut record

The verdict is in: synth-pop is here to stay. We Are Only What We Feel, the debut album from Stockholm based NONONO, does it wisely. The album features crisp, polished melodies and enticing beats. Given ...

Ultraviolence, by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is an enigmatic figure, unable to be imitated, and befitting someone on their own, she’s lonely. Ultraviolence threads that feeling — a seedy, hyper-romanticized sense of isolation and loss — inflating it ...

Lily Allen's Sheezus

After five years away from the spotlight, Lily Allen has a lot to catch up on. For her homecoming record, Sheezus, the U.K. pop star spends a good time getting reacquainted with the current pop ...

Ian Anderson's Homo Erraticus

Ian Anderson’s second solo album since quietly deep-spacing the Jethro Tull band moniker, and to boot his third excursion into his avatar Gerald Bostock, a child prodigy turned troubled adult. Only this time Bostock mostly ...

Familiars, by the Antlers

Brooklyn band is out of the bedroom and into your headroom

Brooklyn-based band the Antlers have developed in their meticulous way. After incubating as a solo recording project in Peter Silberman’s bedroom, they are now a lush, orchestrated group with melodious layering. Silberman crafted the Antlers’ ...

Chet Faker's Built on Glass

Since his cover of Blackstreet’s "No Diggity" on 2012's Thinking in Textures, Chet Faker has become an Australian poster boy for the foggy intersection of R&B and electronic soul, referred to some as “PBR&B.” Faker’s ...

Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods

The current foul-mouthed darlings of music press from London to New York, Nottingham’s Sleaford Mods, have unleashed their eighth album, Divide and Exit. From the same neck of the woods as Robin Hood, Sleaford Mods’ ...

Zoe Muth's World of Strangers

The line of musical soldiers widening the Americana trail continues to increase, whether the attack leans in a hard-hitting, bad-ass direction or concocts idyllic portraits (“Chopping wood and carrying water, everything was better”). Zoe Muth ...

John Newman's Tribute

John Newman’s debut opens with a slow string section, a voice that sounds like the singer reading out great acts of ages past, and an electronically whirl-winded “Crystal,” from the AT&T Natural Voices® synthesized voice ...

Mac DeMarco's Salad Days

The third release from Mac DeMarco, a Brooklyn-via-Montreal singer/songwriter, depicts a man at a crossroads, surrounded with watershed moments and letters from home. The road previous was a laidback guitar-driven daydream, silly yet stunning, how ...

Lykke Li's I Never Learn

Heartbreak once again plagues indie darling Lykke Li. Previously, the singer expanded her break-ups into a larger-than-life drama. For her new album, I Never Learn, she wastes no time on fancy tricks, instead keeping her ...

Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings

On Cloud Nothings’ 2012 album Attack on Memory, producer Steve Albini scoured reverb and fuzz to expose singer Dylan Baldi's facility with bittersweet melody. With John Congleton producing, Here and Nowhere Else presents Cloud Nothings ...

Sufjan, Serengeti, and Son Lux are Sisyphus

The debut full-length from Sisyphus, an amalgamation of three disparate indie forces (Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti, Son Lux) commissioned by the Walker Art Center, is grounded in a thesis Sufjan relayed in a prerelease interview on ...

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