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Foo Fighters at Anthem

Both presale and regular sale tickets for the Foo Fighters' October show at the Anthem in D.C. sold out in negative-one minute. Seen 'em a couple of times before (always at festivals), so I'm not heartbroken about saving the $200, but cool to catch them in a smaller(?) venue like that. Anyhow, in an effort to console myself, list is split evenly between digs and new releases I'm excited for.
1Thunder Dreamer

Have this site to thank for discovering this band, and have spun this quite a bit since picking it up. Really good, somewhat genre-hopping listen. It's a weird comparison, but maybe my favorite mixture of post-rock, alt, and indie since Pilot Speed's debut (and I know I'm overlooking plenty in-between).
2A Lot Like Birds

They may as well have gone ahead and added the last "VE" to the title. Still digesting this one, but I feel like I've got it at a 3.5 at least. Honestly, I'm a sucker for this sound, but ironically, I may harbor more reservations by how it pales in comparison to TREOS's The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi (its clearest point of inspiration, to the point that it can become distracting) than by how well it "fits" within the band's own discography (which I always find a bit silly, since using that same sort of yardstick, bands like As Cities Burn and Thrice would be worthless).
3Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

Listened to this a bit when it first came out, and remember digging it, but for some reason it didn't stick in my mind. Anyhow, recently gave it some more rotation, and super glad I did. Creates atmosphere and mood in ways DIVISI wishes it could (albeit in an unfair, completely different context).
4Forest Swords
Dagger Paths

I honestly didn't even know this existed until doing a little more digging once loving the latest full length. Obviously, not quite as well-oiled and -put-together as Compassion, but still a really solid kick-off to what's been a better-and-better discography.
5Joyce Manor

Never really got into these guys, but heard this playing at my local record shop and ended up grabbing it. Nothing earth-shattering, but still a really fun, sometimes surprisingly earnest listen, in much the same vein as latter-day Menzingers. Won't win any awards for innovation, but a great soundtrack to a night of beers (and more beers) with friends.
6Ben Frost
By the Throat

Veeeeeeeerrrrrry late to the game on this bad boy, obviously, but picked it up after really liking his more recent work, the Wasp Factory. This is a substantially different animal, and I'd be lying to say electronica (to vastly oversimplify whatever subgenre this actually is) is my scene (as if that previous parenthetical didn't give that away), but it's still been a definite grower, and a good change of pace listen.
The Optimist

Next up on my to-listen list, the deluxe edition of this just hit my mailbox earlier this week. Even though there's been a creeping sense of complacency on their past couple of releases, I'm still ready to greedily devour whatever this band throws to me (although early chatter around this is that it has a few curveballs, which are always welcome).
8Captain, We're Sinking
The King Of No Man

Well, the first single was nothing outstanding, but the follow-up certainly was, so between that and Bobby Barnett's track record (both with the band and on his solo album), I'm excited for another set of sad-bastard musings.
9Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile To The Surface

...and speaking of sad bastards, here's Andy Hull, ladies and gentlemen! But seriously, this band has yet to disappoint (although I'll fully admit that I'm a bigger fan of Cope and Hope than many around these parts), and the lead-off single seems like a great distillation of a lot of their best impulses, towards driving, infectious, rousing post-whatever-the-hell-you'd-label-this with quietly wrenching lyrics.
10Jason Isbell
The Nashville Sound

And rounding out the sad-bastard trifecta! Although, in terms of sincerity and worldview, Isbell may put his more rock-oriented brethren to shame, both lyrically and on the ol' fretboard. His 400 Unit stuff always seems to bring a little bit more thunder (which is not to diminish his wholly excellent solo output), and I'm hoping for this to be no exception.
11Fleet Foxes

Mixed buzz around this in the early going here, but I'm still invested in spite of the detractors, if for no other reason than to see how the band picks up the pieces in a post-Father John Misty world. Although being a huge, perhaps partially nostalgia-fueled at this point fan of their prior releases certainly doesn't hurt matters.
The Underside of Power

Caught the title track of this recently, and was super intrigued by this sound. Saw the tag "gospel-meets-industrial EDM" bandied around, and while I wouldn't quite put it that way, I also sincerely struggle to come up with a better descriptor. Regardless, have high hopes for the album as a whole.
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