Essential Full-Length Releases
case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
In a holy trinity of strong female folk/country, Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs came together three years ago. It all started with a short, but quickly-replied-to email. It's a collaboration that comes after dozens of albums and decades in the music industry between its members; and one that saved k.d. lang from retirement.
Watch: "Atomic Number"
Listen: "Best Kept Secret"
Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
Artists like Beyoncé often get all of the black girl magic credit, but some attention is due to Laura Mvula. The British singer released her debut album, Sing to the Moon, in 2013 to a fair amount of praise. On her follow-up, she worked with a number of producers, including herself, Troy Miller, and members of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Watch: "Phenomenal Woman"
Watch: "Overcome" (featuring Nile Rodgers)
Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Math
Glaspy is an artist from California who honed her skills while a student at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Influenced by Joni Mitchell and Weezer, she released her debut EP, Homeschool, in 2012. She recorded this record twice; the first was done as a home recording, but when she got signed to ATO Records, she rerecorded the tracks in a studio. Emotions and Math is her first album.
Watch: "You and I"
Listen: "Emotions and Math"
Mitski - Puberty 2
Mitski is a Japanese-American artist who's lived all over the world with her family (Japan, Turkey, Congo, etc.) before settling in New York. She released her debut album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek in 2014, garnering a great deal of praise. I wasn't on that bandwagon, but caught on with this sophomore album. So far, I am loving it!
Watch: "Your Best American Girl"
Weaves - Weaves
Weaves is a four-piece based in Toronto who have been riding a wave of success following their 2014 self-titled EP. The release got them named a "band to watch" by Rolling Stone. Leading into their self-titled debut album, they got that same honor from Stereogum and have been featured heavily on NPR. Their whimsical brand of rock has earned them continued praise with this album.
Watch: "One More"
Other Full-Length Releases
Ali Beletic - Legends of These Lands Left to Live
Listen: "Band of Outsiders"
Listen: "Dead Serious"
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers - Rehab Reunion
Watch: "Over the Rise" (featuring Justin Vernon)
Listen: "Celestial Railroad" (featuring Mavis Staples)
Netsky - 3
Listen: "Thunder" (featuring Emeli Sandé)
Listen: "TNT" (featuring Chromeo)
Nite Jewel - Liquid Cool
Watch: "Kiss the Screen"
Watch: "Boo Hoo"
Peter Bjorn and John - Breakin’ Point
Watch: "Breakin’ Point"
Watch: "What You Talking About?"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway
Watch: "Dark Necessities"
Listen: "We Turn Red"
Sarah Jarosz - The Undercurrent
Watch: "House of Mercy"
Listen: "Take Another Turn"
Swans - The Glowing Man
Listen: "When Will I Return"
Told Slant - Going By
Listen: "High Dirge"
Twin River - Passing Shade
YG - Still Brazy
Watch: "Still Brazy"
Listen: "Who Shot Me"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Clipping - Wriggle
Dan Mangan - Unmake
Watch: "Race to the Bottom"
Disclosure - Moog for Love
Listen: "Moog for Love"
The Dove & The Wolf - I Don’t Know What to Feel
Listen: "The Smell of Us"
Listen: "Seven Days"
Finding Dory: Music by Thomas Newman
Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best, & Beatenberg - Johannesburg
Phantogram - "You Don’t Get Me High Anymore"
Watch: "You Don’t Get Me High Anymore"
Son Lux - Stranger Forms EP
Watch: "Cage of Bones"
Listen: "Redone" (featuring Olga Bell)
Sonic Youth - Spinhead Sessions
Listen: "Theme with Noise"
Listen: "Ambient Guitar & Dreamy Theme"
Todd Terje & The Olsens - The Big Cover Up
Listen: "Baby Do You Wanna Bump?"
Waxahatchee - Early Recordings
Listen: "Home Game"
Will Butler - Friday Night
Watch: "Take My Side" (Live)