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What's New 3-29-24

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ATO

In the making of Notebook Fantasy, Chicano Batman worked with producer John Congleton (Erykah Badu, Death Cab For Cutie, St. Vincent) to double down on their hyper-creative tendencies and visionary impulses, discovering new dimensions of their prismatic music while infusing the lyrics with an unflinching honesty.

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Wichita Recordings

With nods to their earlier work, Rideís 7th album contains some of the best songs they have ever written. It is a record in the old-school sense, a rich listen that flows from start to finish, at times urgent and formidable, at others wistful and melancholic. Itís a record about perseverance, sticking together, finding a way forward.

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New West Records

After two stellar albums co-produced by Brandi Carlile, the sisters assume production duties for the first time alongside John Paul White and Ben Tanner, crafting an uncluttered setting for their gentle folk-pop songs. Marked by insightful compassion and unflinching honesty, Mind, Man, Medicine feels like one vivid chapter in a gripping saga.

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Abeyance Records

That gorgeous voice of Shook, with its both hard and tender edge, full of experience and wisdom, is still much in evidence as it veers between world-weariness and hope, and the music is more polished and complex, whilst losing none of its hard edge. Revelations is an excellent entry into the canon of their work.

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Yep Roc

The Americana pioneerís new album reconceptualizes the songs of Escovedoís storied career. Songs range from his short-lived rock quartet Buick MacKane, rarities from his Ď80s alt-country outfit The True Believers, to the celebrated songs of his solo discography from his debut album all the way to his most recent sprawling masterpiece, The Crossing.

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Bloodshot

"I view my albums as collages, combining elements from punk, metal, blues, country, and bluegrass," explains Biram. With The One & Only, the singer once again proves to be an unstoppable force of unapologetic style and demonstrates his unique ability to live up to the traditions of rough-hewn, individualistic Texas-borne music.

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Rise Records

After calling it a day after 27 years together, Sum 41 will release a sprawling swan song of an album. The Heaven side pays homage to their earliest pop-punk days and the bands that inspired them, while Hell leans Ė literally Ė more heavily into the bandís metal influences. This is, without any shadow of a doubt, the album of their career. What a way to leave.

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