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Anthrax - For All Kings
Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica's Kirk Hammett put it, "one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands." From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on "Bring The Noise," to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four - with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth - as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it's just all about the music.

Black Tusk - Pillars of Ash
The latest album from Black Tusk has all the swampy, sludgy goodness listeners have come to expect, recalling classic Kylesa and Baroness, a punked-up Mastodon, or even Motörhead stalking through the murk of the American south. With Jonathan Athon’s passing, this LP may mark the end of the Black Tusk we fell in love with, but it’s the highlight of the band’s catalog, and the best tribute they could have imagined.

Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
On "The Ghosts of Highway 20", Lucinda Williams gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs. "It is literally a map of my life in a lot of ways," says Lucinda. "We were driving between shows and between cities, and I kept seeing things that brought me back to times and places in my past. Like when we played in Macon, Georgia, a place I lived when I was five or six years old, I got out of the bus and I was transported back to when I saw this street singer, Blind Pearly Brown. It was like nothing had changed. All these things started percolating in my brain, and the songs just came."

Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night
Elton John will release his 33rd studio album, "Wonderful Crazy Night", on February 5, 2016 on Island Records. The album features the infectious and upbeat lead single, "Looking Up". "Wonderful Crazy Night" was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles.

DIIV - Is The Is Are
"Is the Is Are", the highly-anticipated sophomore release from Brooklyn-based DIIV, is an album years and many personal struggles in the making for it's architect, Zachary Cole Smith. It is a 17-song, double-album statement intended to resonate with its audience in much the same way that "Bad Moon Rising" or "Tago Mago" has for Smith himself. An extension and deepening of the musical ideas first expressed on 2012's critically-lauded "Oshin", "Is the Is Are" yields a multiplicity of textures, lyrical themes, and moods. It is a more diverse world than Oshin, with different parameters and ideals. Dark and honest to a fault, the new songs are dynamic, loud, quiet, sad; they are songs that hiss and snarl; songs that, as Smith wrote recently, represent "the real me."

Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads
"This acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends celebrates my relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy. 'Blues and Ballads' celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks. I represent the Memphis underground and the mid-south region's music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating." - Luther Dickinson

Jason Collett - Song and Dance Man
Thirteen songs bear the wit and melody of classic Jason Collett: contemplative reflections on getting older, backed with an affinity for freewheeling 70's dance music. The album’s conspiring themes of love & loneliness, sun & shadows, are buoyed by its soaring sound. Having spent the years since 2012’s Reckon finding himself further engaged in the growing success of his Basement Revue concert series – a cross-pollinating musical & literary mash-up of Canada’s premiere contemporary artists – the Toronto indie-troubadour describes this record as a liberating process distilled in a stretch of deep domestic reverie. "I like writing songs and for the first time in my life I felt no rush to hustle them or myself out the door,” says Collett. “I let some dust settle, some weeds grow, putter about at home.” The result is a dynamic addition to a strong body of work. "Song And Dance Man" may be Jason Collett’s finest effort yet.

Porches - Pool
Pool marks a major step forward for Porches frontman Aaron Maine — as an evolving singer/songwriter, and as a nascent producer. Written and recorded almost entirely in his Manhattan apartment, Pool, is an elegant set of gorgeous synth-driven pop songs. The album is a fully immersive listening experience highlighting Maine’s insightfully filtered melancholy.

Tommy Z - Blizzard of Blues
From straight Chicago Blues to blues/rock, blues with a hint of jazz and more, Buffalo's Tommy Z is a master at reading an audience and gives them what they want. "Blizzard Of Blues" is a diverse piece of work that stays fairly close to blues traditions, flows smoothly, and is easy on the ear. Recommended for anyone with a love for blues guitar. Tommy and the band love music in general, with a deep respect for the blues and those who paved the way to make albums like this one possible... a fact that is evident in every note they play.

Mass Gothic - Mass Gothic
After nearly ten years as the creative force behind much-loved New York rock outfit Hooray For Earth, Noel Heroux had lost his way. “I was constantly cutting corners and phoning everything in,” he says. “I was super depressed. I was creatively frustrated. I was emotionally unavailable to the people I really, really wanted to be there for—and no matter how much I cared, I just couldn’t change. But when I realized that I needed to the end the band and just try again, my head cleared and the clouds parted. I’d been derailed somehow,” he adds. “So I allowed myself to return to the beginning.” This year marks the release of Mass Gothic, the Massachusetts-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter’s self-titled Sub Pop debut.

Aoife O'Donovan - In The Magic Hour
"In The Magic Hour", Aoife O'Donovan's follow-up to her debut, "Fossils", was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) and includes special guest musicians Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. Lead single "Magic Hour" displays O'Donovans ever-evolving style and strength in songwriting. "The King Of All Birds brings a lush orchestral arrangement, odd timing, and an erratic melody that you wont soon forget.

Rihanna - Anti
"Anti"'s sound is more than just another new costume for a singer who's dabbled in everything from flirty teen-pop to aggressive trap over the last decade-plus. This is an album that forces us to question the boxes we've placed Rihanna in all along. Is she queen of the clubs or a break-up balladeer? Are her pop instincts sharper than her hip-hop ones? The answer, as provided here, is all of the above and more. After years as a singer largely defined by her production, it finally feels like Rihanna is in charge of her own sound, remaking pop on her own terms. As she puts it bluntly on the glitchy groove "Consideration," which opens the LP: "I got to do things my own way, darling."

Benji Hughes - Songs in the Key of Animals
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Benji Hughes fronted a rock band in the nineties. He’s written commercial jingles. He’s made music for film and television. He released 2008’s "A Love Extreme", his excellent double-LP debut record. But these ventures aren’t different hats Hughes wears. They’re not different paths traveled. This is Hughes playing in different keys. Now, for his first record on Merge, Benji Hughes is playing "Songs in the Key of Animals". Recorded over two years mostly at Frisbie studios in New York, the album is 41 minutes of pop-music exploration. Hughes was working on three other albums as "Songs in the Key of Animals" started to take shape. “The songs on this album were being written as they were being recorded—on-the-spot, stream-of-consciousness magic.”

Savages - Adore Life
In between the windtunnel thrill of some headline-grabbing early live shows and making "Silence Yourself", 2013’s debut album, Savages lost perspective on how best to amplify their post-punk shapes – and in the process became unlikely figures of fun. This is Savages’ love album: every song concerns the mental turmoil or the physical push and shove of l’amour fou. Accordingly, in contrast to its predecessor’s clinical separation, producer Johnny Hostile presents a band in the raw, constituent parts fighting for ear-space like angry wasps, revealing a more engaging collective personality than hitherto.

Megadeth - Dsytopia
Megadeth storm back onto the scene with their 15th studio album, "Dystopia". With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, "Dystopia" was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold). The rest of the Megadeth lineup is comprised of David 'Junior' Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record "Dystopia". The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy.

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Evolution
Dr. Lonnie Smith, legendary Hammond B-3 organ master, is set to release his first Blue Note album in 45 years w/ the 1/29 release of "Evolution". Special guests include Robert Glasper & Joe Lovano. Smith first made a name for himself in the late 1960s as a sideman w/ saxophonist Lou Donaldson on albums including "Alligator Bogaloo" & soon after as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics including "Think!" & "Turning Point".

Saul Williams - MartyrLoserKing
"MartyrLoserKing" is the fifth studio album from musician, actor, poet, and activist Saul Williams. A thinly veiled concept album carved from the tales of its main character a computer hacker living in Burundi with the screen name mrtyr_lsr_kng the album confronts a bevy of timely issues head on and unapologetically, from economic disparity and police brutality to issues of privacy in the digital age.

Sia - This is Acting
"This Is Acting" is the follow up to Sia's 2014 album "1000 Forms Of Fear" which featured the massice hit singles 'Elastic Heart' and 'Chandelier'. "This Is Acting" inlcudes the new songs 'Bird Set Free' and 'Alive.'

Night Beats - Who Stole My Generation
Seattle trio Night Beats will release their third album, "Who Sold My Generation", on Heavenly Recordings. The record was recorded on 2" analogue tape and co-produced by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been (who also plays bass on the record). With strong R&B influences and some krauty, motorik elements, Night Beats are one of the more interesting bands making garage-psych today.

Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow
"Jet Plane and Oxbow", Shearwater's second original full-length for Sub Pop, is their career-defining album the leap forward those of us who've been watching them for years have always believed they would make. Lush, powerful, and grand, with a confident edge heard in their live shows, it feels like the musical statement they ve been working toward through five albums and a decade on the road. It's an album that captures the light and darkness of our time through the lens of one of our most treasured bands.

Nevermen - Nevermen The leaderless trio of Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Adam “Doseone” Drucker (Anticon/cLOUDDEAD) and Mike Patton (Faith No More/Tomahawk) release their self-titled debut, on purple vinyl, exclusive to indie stores only!

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