It’s a rockin’ week for new releases. Punk-rock troupe Motion City Soundtrack, folk-rock troubadour Tallest Man on Earth, prog-rockers Rush, and blues-rock outfit Grace Potter & The Nocturnals all have new albums out this week. All rocked out? Try jazz composer Pat Metheny’s new album, which features a new ensemble, including saxophone, for the first time in 30 years.
Ed Sheeran - +
Ed Sheeran made his name playing acoustic guitar-driven songs punctuated by his angelic croon — and by playing more than 300 shows in 2011. His debut album is new this week.
Dent May - Do Things
The Mississippi singer-songwriter’s days as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele are over. May’s new album, Do Things, is his first under his birth name, and features a glitzy pop sound.
Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family
The eclectic, in-your-face ATL-NY rapper’s second album follows a slew of mixtapes that cemented Waka Flocka Flame as an artist to watch.
Metric - Synthetica
The Toronto-based synth-rock outfit took three years to follow up their Polaris Music Prize-nominated Fantasies, but it’s finally here. Synthetica is the sound of a band at their most confident — big melodies, clever lyrics, and lush, synth riffs.
Usher - Looking 4 Myself
The R&B icon returns with an album that has feet in the past and future. Usher’s voice remains as silky smooth as on his debut, but his instrumentals reflect a new brand of R&B that fuses classic soul with elements of dubstep and house.
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
The UK duo’s sleek, sexy new album is ready to take summer dance-floors, not to mention bedrooms, by storm. Turn the music up and the lights down.