The Districts' second album proves that the group can enter the studio and live up to the energetic live performances that they are known for.
After 35 years, one of the greatest cult bands of all time, the Church, is wrestling with its identity. Its latest psychedelic and brooding sounds remind us of the angsty albums the band has released in the past, but some still doubt the recently released "Further/Deeper" is from the same band fans have all come to know and love.
On his fifth studio album, Ryan Bingham offers the world a look into a troubled past through the eyes of isolation.
An aging Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, channels his anxieties about approaching middle age into his latest album, "Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper." Without ditching his already well-established psychedelic electronic sound, Lennox has crafted a beautifully mature album full of meditations on home life.
A Europop track referencing Sylvia Plath? Welcome to the new Belle and Sebastian. The Scottish group is back with their ninth studio album, "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance," and it's a different Belle and Sebastian. They're not unrecognizable, it's just as if they put on some makeup and slipped into their party dress.
Coming from a background of bossa nova, samba and rock music, Rodrigo Amarante flexes his songwriting clout on his debut album "Cavalo." He combines the sonic worlds of Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Brooklyn into a special sound that cannot be found on any other record.
After going on a brief hiatus and putting down his guitar for the first time in 15 years, Horse Feathers' lead singer Justin Ringle realized he desperately needed to have more fun with music. The group's new album, "So It Is With Us" is Ringle's transition from sad and quiet to upbeat and spirited. The album is unlike any of their previous releases; it features stronger drums and bass, powerful violins and climactic tempos with intros that build energy.
Distilling their earlier indie sound through a mild synth-pop filter, TV on the Radio release "Seeds," an album full of intricate and catchy tracks that have the face of radio-friendly indie pop and the heart of TV on the Radio.
While "This Is All Yours" is most notable for its standout tracks -- "Every Other Freckle," "Hunger of the Pine" and "Left Hand Free" -- the rest of alt-J's latest effort is much more than filler to round out the radio-friendly tunes. Rather, "This Is All Yours" is a slow-paced album of well-constructed, meditative synth-pop, punctuated by three standout tracks.
With winter rapidly approaching, Allo Darlin's new album is a welcomed warmth. "We Come From the Same Place" is quiet, tender pop music, easy to overlook at first. Although the album is not a big production, it is both comforting and compelling.