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4AD

There are bands that come and go, and then there are those that carve their own unique path, leaving an indelible mark on the heart of listeners. Future Islands are unquestionably of the latter. On their seventh album, the Baltimore band continues to hone its robustly unique style seemingly removed from the tumble and churn of contemporary pop trends.

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Rough Trade

Opening with the country leanings of its title track before careening into the Tropicália-tinged "They Sold My Home To Build A Skyscraper”, on through to the hymnal, hopeful "Cover Up The Cover Up" and then coming full circle with the defiant "I’ll Keep Singing", Sadness Sets Me Free exalts the power of music to heal on a universal scale.

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Rounder

The songs on Polaroid Lovers feature co-writes with Daniel Tashian (producer of the album who previously collaborated with Kacey Musgraves on Golden Hour), Ruston Kelly, and Natalie Hemby. Conceived in a period of so much change, the album finds Jarosz, now 32, reflecting on her childhood, past loves, and previous versions of herself.

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XL Recordings

The Radiohead offshoot continues to venture further out there on its second release. With strings and psychedelia added to the mix, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s ever-evolving side project is a kaleidoscopic, mind-altering pronouncement, and feels as dynamic now as their day job.

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Moribund Records

From the ashes of Swedish Death Metal progenitors Cromlech, Carnal Savagery return to take over the world with their most accomplished album to date. Into The Abysmal Void delivers 11 new corpse rousing songs filled with de-fleshing Gothenburg melody, writhing Death Metal groove and enough skull cracking brutality to reanimate the undead!

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Otsego Entertainment Group, LLC

13 brand-new Static-X songs containing the final vocal performances & musical compositions of founding vocalist Wayne Static, along with the original Wisconsin Death Trip lineup featuring Tony Campos (bass), Koichi Fukuda (guitars) and Ken Jay (drums). Produced by the band’s current vocalist/guitarist Xer0 and mixed/mastered by long-time collaborator Ulrich Wild.

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Smithsonian Folkways

Given unprecedented access to the Smithsonian archive and encouraged to repurpose the source material, Matmos conure an album that illuminates the radical, inquisitive, and poetic aspects of the original recordings, extracting the latent moments of creative revelation on records intended primarily for the backroom shelves of universities and libraries.

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SM Entertainment

This version of K-Poppers NCT 127’s Winter special single “Be There For Me” comprises a total of three songs, including the title track of the same name, “Home Alone”, and “White Lie”. Contents of the album include House Folding Pack, Booklet, Mini CD, Postcard, Standing Ornament and Photocard.

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Epitaph Records

The Philadelphia punk legends' seventh album captures their distinctive live energy, resulting in a sound that's both rich, raw, and complementary to the group's increasingly prismatic songwriting approach. More than 15 years in, The Menzingers are still holding their listeners square in the immediate present with Some Of It Was True documenting that power in thrilling fashion.

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Reprise

Green Day is not your savior. But the spirit of rock n roll might be. And as the greatest punk band alive, they’re the loudest vessel we have… to give it a shot. The enduring power trio -- Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool & Mike Dirnt -- are ready to flip off the famous, stupid and contagious, by putting a mirror to the present tense like only they can, with Saviors.

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Silver Lining Music

Saxon meet and exceed expectations on their 24th studio release, a superlative British Heavy Metal classic which strides the perfect line between confident, current power, and gloriously irreverent flexing of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal muscle which the band co-created. It’s the heavyweight’s most definitive statement in years.

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