Staff Picks: Best New Music

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Banks
Goddess


Don't tell me to listen to your song because it isn't the same
Kimbra
The Golden Echo


Kimbra strikes art-pop gold on her second album.
Spoon
They Want My Soul


Let me be mine.
Panopticon
Roads to the North


Watching the mountains sleep
Shabazz Palaces
Lese Majesty


Lese Majesty boldly goes places where most hip-hop artists couldn’t even fathom.
Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again


This album should have been titled, Joyce Manor Learn How to Vary Their Damn Songwriting
Alvvays
Alvvays


Nothing extremely new or innovative, but still great and worth a listen
Mastodon
Once More ‘Round the Sun


A blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.
The Antlers
Familiars


When love is a safer place we both remember.
White Lung
Deep Fantasy


There's a gesture of thrash; A hint of pop; A chunk of punk. All mashed together, sounds like one entertaining, angry party.
Clipping
CLPPNG


Put simply, CLPPNG is experimentation done right, taking a bold leap toward making experimental hip-hop both accessible and flat out fun.
Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


you like it.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Revelation


A stroll down memory lane with The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


What you never knew you needed to hear.
Swans
To Be Kind


Both musically and thematically, To Be Kind comes off as the culmination of Michael Gira's entire musical career and makes a worthy successor to the band's previous landmark record The Seer.
Kishi Bashi
Lighght


Kishi Bashi continues to tear down musical conventions in all the righght ways.
Lykke Li
I Never Learn


Tears melt ice
Fennesz
Becs


Somber soundscapes and lush melodies: a vivid Fennesz experience.
Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


The first truly perfect record of the year.
Todd Terje
It's Album Time


Give life back to music
Teebs
E S T A R A


In its own way, this album is everything we could have hoped for: freewheeling, easygoing, generous, and, of course, breathtakingly gorgeous.
Cloud Nothings
Here and Nowhere Else


The best kind of angst
Chevelle
La Gargola


An amazing progressive album that shows haters how great a rock band Chevelle really is.
Ben Frost
A U R O R A


From the turbulent launch in 'Flex' to the hectic comedown in 'Sola Fide' and all the tension, exploration and horror in between, A U R O R A is as close to an aural feature full-length you'll ever get.
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