Featured New Releases for
June 9, 2023

The Age of Pleasure
Wondaland / Bad Boy
Uninhibited and fueled by Nigerian, Jamaican, and Brazilian inspirations, the Wondaland crew beams down to play in the sunshine.
- Andy Kellman
Paranoïa, Angels, True Love
Because Music
Chris' fourth album fuses sorrow, anger, desire, and joy into a sweeping statement on how loss shapes identity.
- Heather Phares
Blue Note / EMI / EMI Records
Jenny Lewis consciously chooses joy on this warm, country-tinged evocation of 1970s radio.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Southeastern Records
The talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist adds producer to his list of duties on a superb, emotionally powerful album.
- Mark Deming
The Show
Capitol / EMI / EMI Records
Heartwarming third set of pop/rock gems from the former One Directioner is his most charming and engaging to date.
- Neil Z. Yeung
O Monolith
The U.K. combo refines their still unclassifiable sound on this stormy follow-up.
- Timothy Monger
Space Heavy
Returning after a three-year break, this London sextet led by Archy Marshall observes then charts the inner and outer "spaces between."
- Thom Jurek
Ninja Tune
The second album from the DJ, producer, and singer is a set of accessible, dance-pop tunes based on her father's experiences and journals.
- Paul Simpson
On their second album after a more than 20-year hiatus, this playfully experimental group sound excitable and overjoyed to be back.
- Fred Thomas
School's Out [Deluxe Edition]
Rhino / Warner Music
The band use their newfound success to go wild, branching out into show tunes, jazz, soundtrack music, and pop alongside the classic title track.
- Tim Sendra
Killer [Deluxe Edition]
Rhino / Warner Music
The group finds its footing on a classic album of loose and nasty rockers, gutter prog explorations, and weird flights of twisted fancy.
- Tim Sendra
Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965
New Land Music
The retrospective collects six early albums from the legendary harpist, who introduced the harp as a lead instrument in jazz.
- Fred Thomas
House Party
Play It Again Sam
Backing band in tow, the emotionally candid songwriter looked to LPs by Big Star and the Replacements for this deceptively character-driven outing.
- Marcy Donelson
Coco Moon
Sky Harbor Records
Owl City's seventh album is full of earnest, upbeat fun and a celebration of small, everyday joys.
- Matt Collar
Sunday Dinner on a Monday
Monday Sessions
The British rapper ties themes of food and family history into her empowering, reflective lyrics on her fourth album.
- Paul Simpson
Time Traveler
The world-renowned vocalist revisits songs she wrote in 2000 and newer ones, creating a dialogue between her mature and younger selves.
- Thom Jurek
Kill Rock Stars
The Montreal-based ensemble makes more memorable discoveries in their second fusion of Japanese and North American influences.
- Mark Deming
Social Lubrication
Lucky Number
The trio's third album balances fiery takedowns of injustice and indifference with sweetly scuzzy love songs that pack an equal punch.
- Heather Phares
In the Air
The second album from this country-folk singer significantly ups the arrangement complexity and production values while keeping the songwriting as the central focus.
- Fred Thomas
Quaker City Quiet Pills
The Giving Groove
On their third post-reunion album, the Philadelphia punk satirists continue to express the frustration of being stuck on a planet full of idiots.
- Paul Simpson
In the Wilderness
Upset the Rhythm
The sturdy yet scattered debut from this Melbourne, Australia post-punk band.
- Fred Thomas
Best of Me
Gulf Coast Records / SoNo Recording Group
The Chicago guitarist and singer has complete artistic freedom on her studio debut from Mike Zito's Gulf Coast Records label.
- Thom Jurek
Ang Pagdaloy
Telephone Explosion
The all-women Canadian-Filipina band continues to impress with their wild indie kulintang mashup.
- Timothy Monger
Just Like a Rose: The Anniversary Sessions
Propeller Sound Recordings
Nine years after her last LP in 2014, the great Americana songbird picks up where she left off with a casually wonderful set of songs.
- Mark Deming
Alligator Records
The Florida-based bluesman and his exceptional band offer striking new contexts for American blues.
- Thom Jurek
A reissued gem of quirky lo-fi synth music from Turkish composer Gözen Atila.
- Timothy Monger
Life Don't Miss Nobody
The iconic American roots singer returns from a decade-long break to deliver a powerhouse set of standards, covers, and originals.
- Thom Jurek
Heaven Is a Junkyard
Fat Possum Records
Reactivating the project name for the first time since 2016, Youth Lagoon turn in a more pastoral, Americana-adjacent reading of their nostalgic bedroom pop.
- TiVo Staff
Avalanche Recordings
Justin Broadrick expands on the concept of 1992's hip-hop-influenced Pure on the group's third post-reunion album.
- Paul Simpson
Luke Una Presents É Soul Cultura, Vol. 2
Mr. Bongo
A welcome second round of unmixed selections from the veteran DJ, who gathers tracks spanning soul, African jazz, art rock, techno, and beyond.
- Andy Kellman
Thomas Bangalter: Mythologies
Mythological portraits by one-half of Daft Punk effectively stretch the artist's previous electronica.
- James Manheim
The Future Is Female, Vol. 3: At Play
First Hand Records
Delightful, humorous, and playful works from female composers past and present, many of them receiving needed exposure.
- James Manheim
Jurowski conducts Stravinsky, Vol. 2 - The Fairy's Kiss, The Sleeping Beauty (Exceprts, Arr. Stravinsky)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Smooth performances highlight the connections between Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
- James Manheim
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
PentaTone Classics
Held together live recording of the high-energy Concerto for Orchestra.
- James Manheim
El Último Aliento
ECM New Series
A hypnotically lovely release offers many shades of guitar sound.
- James Manheim
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