After a 13-year studio layoff, Man or Astro-Man? returns to Earth with elements both familiar and new.
Mini-super-group NK delivers an indescribable mash of Deftones-style groove riffs, heavy hip hop, shoegaze, post-punk, and soulful down-tempo jams.
Chosen by John Zorn to start his label’s “spotlight series,” Les Rhinocéros offers a more focused commingling of prog rock with jazz, worldly melodies, and experimental tangents.
On her sixth full album, bluesy rock singer/guitarist Scout Niblett bares her soul in songs (including a murder-ballad opener) that convey the raw intensity of personal shakeups.
New York quintet The National returns to familiar territory (brooding melodies, forlorn arrangements) but with different musical textures.
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia)
G&D: The Lighthouse (SomeOthaShip Connect)
Grim Tower: Anarchic Breezes (Outer Battery)
Have Mercy: The Earth Pushed Back (Topshelf)
Japanther: Eat Like Lisa, Act Like Bart (Recess)
LVMRKS: Pale Fairytale
Pat Metheny / John Zorn: Tap: Book of Angels, Vol. 20 (Nonesuch / Tzadik)
Saturday Looks Good to Me: One Kiss Ends It All (Polyvinyl)
Sqürl: s/t EP (ATP)
Ten Kens: Namesake