Essential Full-Length Releases
Amy Klein - Fire
Amy Klein was a member of Titus Andronicus, and even took the name Amy Andronicus, from 2009 to 2011. Despite leaving, in part, to work on her MFA, she continued her music career, releasing Reasons to Live in 2013 with the band Hilly Eye, as well as performing with an forming an additional three bands. Through all of these projects, she had never recorded under her own name. This is her debut album performing as herself.
Fitz and the Tantrums - Fitz and the Tantrums
With each album, Fitz & the Tantrums have adopted a more modern sound. They started with 60s-inspired soul on their 2011 debut, Pickin' Up the Pieces, and moved to an 80s-tinged sound in 2013 with More Than Just a Dream. On their third album, they're fully within the modern age. I still love the Motor City sound most of all, but can appreciate that a band needs to avoid being too pigeon-holed into one style.
Watch: "Roll Up"
Garbage - Strange Little Birds
After more than 20 (almost-continuous) years together, Garbage still look and sound amazing. Strange Little Birds is their second album since returning from hiatus in 2011 and their second under their own label, Stunvolume. The album has been described by some band members as a move back toward their debut, and by others as a departure from their previous work.
Watch: "Even Though Our Love Is Doomed"
Oyinda - Restless Minds
Oyinda is a British singer, born to Nigerian parents, and currently based in New York City. Combining R&B, electronic, and shoegaze sounds, she's made a pretty big splash to her short career so far. After a couple of years of hype built on her early singles, she is releasing her debut record.
Watch: "Never Enough"
Wye Oak - Tween
Surprise records are par for the course these days, and even independent acts are not immune to the practice. Wye Oak's fifth album pulls together tracks initially written for their previous two records, 2011's Civilian and 2014's Shriek.
Watch: "Watching the Waiting"
Listen: "No Dreaming"
Other Full-Length Releases
Alexis Taylor - Piano
Watch: "I’m Ready"
Listen: "Repair Man"
Astronoid - Air
Watch: "Up and Atom"
Band of Horses - Why Are You OK
Watch: "Casual Party"
Watch: "In a Drawer"
Clarke:Hartnoll - 2Square
Watch: "Better Have a Drink to Think"
Listen: "Single Function"
The Invisible - Patience
Listen: "So Well" (featuring Jessie Ware)
Listen: "Love Me Again" (featuring Anna Calvi)
Jackie Lynn - Jackie Lynn
Listen: "Alien Love"
Listen: "Chicken Picken"
The Monkees - Good Times!
Watch: "She Makes Me Laugh"
Watch: "You Bring the Summer"
Mumblr - The Never Getting Down
Watch: "Three Leg Dog"
Nick Jonas - Last Year Was Complicated
Watch: "Close" (featuring Tove Lo)
Watch: "Bacon" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
The Temper Trap - Thick as Thieves
Watch: "Fall Together"
Yung - A Youthful Dream
Listen: "Uncombed Hair"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Air - Twentyears
Watch: "So Light Is Her Footfall"
Watch: "Sing Sang Sung"
M83 - "Do It, Try It"
Watch: "Do It, Try It"
Listen: "Do It, Try It" (Loframes Remix)
Paul McCartney - Pure McCartney
Watch: "Say Say Say"
Listen: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"