It’s a big week for new releases, so let’s get right to it: fuzzed-out party-rockers JEFF The Brotherhood, afro-pop outfit The Very Best, and Aussie singer-songwriter Missy Higgins all have new albums this week. Folkies The Be Good Tanyas are releasing a career retrospective, and avant-R&B crooner Frank Ocean is releasing his long-awaited studio debut.
Baroness - Yellow & Green
The progressive metal outfit has eschewed sheer volume in favor of pushing genre boundaries. Their latest, a double-album, is their biggest release yet, giving them plenty of room for further experimentation.
HELLYEAH - Band of Brothers
HELLYEAH is the hard-rock supergroup featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Nothingface, Damageplan and Rebel Meets Rebel. Their third album is titled after their thunderous new single, which signals a darker sound for the band this time around.
Nas - Life Is Good
Unlike the rapper’s recent albums, Nas’ new one is concept-free, a back-to-basics collection of beats and slice-of-life storytelling.
Com Truise - In Decay
The chopped-up beat-maker follows up his 2011 breakout with another album of fractured, synth-heavy soundscapes.
This week brings new singles from a wide array of artists, all hinting at what’s next. The songs below provide a first taste for big bands close to revealing new full-lengths.