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New Music Tuesday - June 12, 2012

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It’s a rockin’ week for new releases. Punk-rock troupe Motion City Soundtrack, folk-rock troubadour Tallest Man on Earth, 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.

For more new music than you can listen to in a week, consult our playlist notes below, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and browse all the New Releases.


Playlist Notes

  • 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.

∞  June 12, 2012 — 10:00AM