This week, future pop duo Purity Ring, spiky indie trio Eternal Summers, energetic guitar-wreckers Fang Island, metal troupe Slipknot, and comedian Todd Barry all have new albums, and Jennifer Lopez is releasing her greatest hits.
The Antlers - Undersea
The Brooklyn indie rock act made their name with emotive, propulsive tracks that reached towering climaxes. Their latest EP finds them in a more introspective mood, happy to float along mesmerizing, synth-y passages with warbling melodies.
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Michael Angelakos’ electropop outfit hit it big with debut Manners, but its follow-up, Gossamer, is earmarked to be even bigger. Angelakos’ knack for pop hooks remains intact, but he’s put even more of himself into this one, meaning there’s more emotion infused into these dance-floor tunes than ever.
Rodriguez - Searching for Sugar Man
The psychedelic folk-rocker brings his guitar stylings and gravely voice to a soundtrack for the film Searching for Sugar Man.
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
The Jersey band’s fourth album harkens back to their first — big, Springsteen-esque choruses and arrangements, and more punk leanings than folk.
The-Dream - “Dope Bitch”
The R&B auteur’s new track is a cruising, piano-led beat featuring his trademark mellifluous tenor.
Two Door Cinema Club - “Sleep Alone”
The Irish dance-y post-punk trio debuted “Sleep Alone” at last year’s Glastonbury, and now it’s available for your Rdio collection, in all it’s hi-hat tapping glory.