OFF! - Wasted Years
OFF! is now a going concern in its own right, no longer requiring as much weight placed on the legacies of frontman Keith Morris' previous bands, Black Flag and Circle Jerks. The abrasive Wasted Years was recorded live to tape, and that urgency is evident.
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
Coming off of a string of well-received SXSW performances, Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr are releasing their first full-length, Under Color of Official Right next week.
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter the Slasher House
Animal Collective's Avey Tare made an intense full-length nightmare video companion for his new album, the appropriately-titled Enter the Slasher House.
Ratking - So It Goes
The awesomely-named Harlem hip-hop crew Ratking is previewing its new album, So It Goes, over at NPR.
Monolord - Empress Rising
Like their doom metal forefathers in Candlemass, another band of Swedes has entered the world of the low and slow.