Guided By Voices - Motivational Jumpsuit
Guided By Voices is continuing their über-prolific streak with the release of Motivational Jumpsuit. The band released three albums in 2012 and one in 2013. This is the first of this year (so far).
Listen: "Littlest League Possible"
Listen: "Alex and The Omegas"
Peter Buck - I Am Back to Blow Your Mind Once Again
Since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, we haven't heard much from the band's former members, music-wise. While Michael Stipe released a record with Courtney Love last year, Peter Buck has been the most active. He released a his first solo record in 2012 and is already back with a follow up.
Listen: "Monkey Mask"
Listen: "My Slobbering Decline"
Talib Kweli - Gravitas
Talib Kweli, by himself, may not be the most commercially successful rapper in the game, but he has made his name as one of the most influential. He often eschews typical hip hop notions and is known for his socially-conscious lyrics. He wasn't looking for a huge audience for his latest release, either, which was initially released only on his website.
Listen: "State of Grace"
Listen: "The Wormhole"
Other New Releases
Michael Kiwanuka - "You've Got Nothing to Lose"/"Waitin' Round to Die"
Jack White continues to attract a slew of amazing new and established artists to record at his Third Man Studio in Nashville. The latest single from the record label comes from blues/soul/folk artist Michael Kiwanuka with a new song and cover.
Watch: "You've Got Nothing to Lose"
Sam Smith - "Money on My Mind"
Sam Smith came to prominence along with Disclosure due to his inclusion on one of the best tracks from their debut album, Settle, he is gearing up for the release of his own debut album in May and has put out the first single from that release. He proves that he can stand on his own quite well!
Watch: "Money on My Mind"
Sarah Neufeld - Black Ground EP
Sarah Neufeld, of Arcade Fire, released her debut solo record, Hero Brother, in August of last year. She is following it up with a short EP featuring a reworking of one of the album's tracks as well as two new songs.
Watch: "Breathing Black Ground" (Orchestral Version)
Listen: "Muscle Til Death"