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Suzanne Vega - An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories (Cooking Vinyl Limited)

12 September 2020

Kevin Burke looks at the latest, live release from Suzanne Vega, along with the upcoming globally streamed shows .

Keith Slettedahl - You Know You Know (independent)

12 September 2020

Given Slettedahl’s tenure as a songwriter and bandleader with The 88, it’s hard to think of You Know You Know as the debut of a fresh-faced solo act. Consider him instead as a fresh-faced veteran, deploying his refined gifts for cartwheeling pop melodies and relatable characterizations.

Cesarians - Rachel Frieda (Glass Records Modern)

10 September 2020

On September 18th, the London-based Cesarians return with their third long player. Rachel Frieda, an album that continues their powerful hat trick of creativity.

Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts - Nowhere To Go But Everywhere (Wicked Cool Records)

10 September 2020

On September 18th, Nowhere To Go But Everywhere is an album that springs to life, with a spirited collection of songs

Whole New Mess

Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)

3 September 2020

An unsparing singer-songwriter gets back to basics, brilliantly.

Ace Frehley - Origins Vol.2 (eOne / SPV)

2 September 2020

Some legends never stop thrilling, and Ace Frehley does exactly that on Origins Vol.2

Folk Devils - Forever Ep (Optic Nerve Recordings)

25 August 2020

After a 33 year hiatus, legendary London-based outfit the Folk Devils return with new music

L7 - Smell the Magic: 30th Anniversary Edition (Sub Pop Records)

22 August 2020

On September 18th, comes a 30th Anniversary edition of L7’s second cracker Smell The Magic.

Nils Lofgren - Weathered (Cattle Track Road Records)

22 August 2020

Nils Lofgren gives fans a taste of the live shows they crave with an exceptional double live album called Weathered.

Irene Peña - I Won't Back Down RockTheVote (Futureman Records)

21 August 2020

rene Peña today releases a version of “I Won’t Back Down” to benefit #RockTheVote

Tatiana DeMaria - Make Me Feel (Acoustic)

20 August 2020

Tatiana DeMaria is a British musician currently based in New York. Her reworking of one of her older songs into an understated and emotive acoustic number is just more evidence of an artist who is keen to explore, re-invent, change and challenge their own work, and that is a very exciting prospect indeed.

Cherie Currie & Brie Darling - Black Hole Sun (Blue Élan)

19 August 2020

Cherie Currie & Brie Darling return with a new single, a cover of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun in aid of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation

The Apartments - In and Out of the Light (Riley Records/Talitres)

19 August 2020

Legendary Australian outfit The Apartments return with a brilliant piece of work titled In And Out Of The Light

Bobbie Gentry - The Delta Sweetie [Expanded Edition] (Capitol/UMe)

19 August 2020

Kevin Burke looks at the much welcome reissue of The Delta Sweetie by Bobbie Gentry

Big Joanie - Cranes In The Sky b/w It's You (Third Man Records)

18 August 2020

Big Joanie release an exceptional new single through Third Man Records, a cover of the Solange track “Cranes In The Sky”

Toots and the Maytals - Got to Be Tough (Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records).

14 August 2020

On August 28th, Toots And The Maytals release their first album in ten years Got To Be Tough, the right album at the right time

cindygod - EP2

cindygod - EP2 (Fire Talk Records)

14 August 2020

EP2, further realizes cindygod’s potential for icky goth pop, confidently delighting in the dark hallways they began exploring with last year’s demos.

Jessie Wagner - Shoes Droppin (Wicked Cool Records)

10 August 2020

On October 9th, Jessie Wagner releases her debut album Shoes Droppin. An album that oozes of talent, and the hunger to succeed

Emma Swift - Blonde On The Tracks (Tiny Ghost Records)

7 August 2020

Released August 14, Blonde On The Tracks is an album that is raw with emotion, as Emma Swift investigates the music of Bob Dylan

The Waterboys - Good Luck, Seeker (Cooking Vinyl) 

6 August 2020

On the 21st of August, The Waterboys release a new album. Good Luck, Seeker is a release that the world needs right now.

Dave Mason – Alone Together Again (Shelter Music)

6 August 2020

Despite the classic standing of the original work, Alone Together Again is essential listening for Mason’s audience. Fans will enjoy having this creatively reimagined album as a bookend to a catalog spanning five decades.

The Vaselines/The Pooh Sticks - Dying For It ~ 2020 Remaster (Glass Records Modern)

5 August 2020

On August 29th, in the first wave of RSD 2020, comes something really special, a double ‘A’ side single featuring legendary bands The Vaselines and The Pooh Sticks

Gregory Allen Lisher – Songs from the Imperial Garden (

2 August 2020

With varying levels of savvy interplay, plenty of evocative melodies, and styles drawn from around the globe, Camper Van Beethoven guitarist Greg Lisher’s imaginative writing and playing tell a range of stories without the need for words.

Album art for Little Does She Know by The Kursaal Flyers

Kursaal Flyers - Little Does She Know: The Complete Recordings (RPM Records/Cherry Red Records)

2 August 2020

“Kursaal Flyers were an integral element of the ‘Thames Delta’ music scene emerging from the late 60s clubs into the bright lights of the 1970s pop world. Alongside contemporaries, and in some cases old schoolmates, in bands such as Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods, the Kursaal Flyers (named after a Southend amusement park carnival float) were a regular fixture on the Pub Rock and College circuit of 70s Britain.”

Lou Reed - New York Deluxe Edition (Rhino)

31 July 2020

Kevin Burke looks at what fans can expect from the upcoming deluxe issue of Lou Reed’s classic New York album.

Johnny Cash Mercury

Johnny Cash – The Complete Mercury Recordings 1986-1991 (Mercury/UMe)

29 July 2020

The Man in Black, looking back and still memorable.

The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup | Deluxe Vinyl Box (Interscope)

24 July 2020

On September 4th, The Rolling Stones unleash a much expanded deluxe issue of their ’73 classic Goats Head Soup

Fire Tiger - All The Time (Fire Tiger Music)

16 July 2020

Fire Tiger have just released their latest All The Time, an album of old school sounds mixed with modern attitudes

Dan Israel-Social Distance Anxiety Disorder

Dan Israel – Social Distance Anxiety Disorder (Dan Israel)

13 July 2020

Prolific Minneapolis singer/guitarist Israel’s 16th LP since 1998 dispenses with some of the previous album’s diverse, uncharacteristic stylistic progressions in favor of a more consistent, unwavering approach.

Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks

Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks – Orange Crate Art (Omnivore)

13 July 2020

Two old masters take a leisurely stroll through an imaginary past.

Eliza Jaye - Middle Child (C.R.A.F.T Pop)

11 July 2020

The posthumous second album by Australian songbird Eliza Jaye, Middle Child, lands September 8th

Pale Blue Moon - The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out (Dark Eye Records)

10 July 2020

Pale Blue Moon are set to unleash their first long-player, The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out, a staggering mixture of old school rock and goth

Sam Prekop - Comma

Sam Prekop - Comma (Thrill Jockey)

10 July 2020

Sam Prekop the jazz rock frontman and Sam Prekop the modular synth artist are two very different people and Comma is the freshest, most spirited work either has shared in years.

SPYGENIUS - Man On The Sea (Big Stir Records)

7 July 2020

On July 10th, SPYGENIUS release Man On The Sea, a beautiful piece of work that blends together effortlessly, experimenting with sounds and nailing an idea spectacularly well

Staples Family Tree

The Staple Singers/The Staples – Let’s Do It Again, Pass It On, Family Tree, Unlock Your Mind (Omnivore)

6 July 2020

The first family of gospel rolls with the times on four secular ‘70s albums.

Neil Young, Homegrown

Neil Young – Homegrown (Reprise)

5 July 2020

Neil Young’s never-before-seen 1970’s album Homegrown features tunes reminiscent of his early classics.

Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 - Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 (The Beautiful Music)

5 July 2020

Super 8 and Lisa Mychols have created an adventurous piece of work that is truly cinematic in scale. 

BMX Bandits - Razorblades & Honey ft Anton Newcombe (Hifi Sean Revisions) 

4 July 2020

Scottish legends the BMX Bandits release a hat trick single based on their 2017 cracker Razorblades & Honey

Cesarians - Pig In The Mattress (Glass Records Modern)

1 July 2020

The London-based Cesarians return with a new single and news of their third long player Rachel Freida

Kimberley Rew And Lee Cave-Berry - Sunshine Walkers (Self-Released)

1 July 2020

The legendary Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry release an essential ‘best of’ in Sunshine Walkers

Maceo Parker – Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo (The Funk Garage)

29 June 2020

Seasoned bandleader and saxophonist Maceo Parker pays tribute to a couple of his titanic funk bosses alongside songs by favorite collaborators and original material on Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo. The album is infused with the sound of New Orleans.

The Choir – Last Call: Live at the Music Box (Omnivore)

29 June 2020

“Sometimes, band reunions remind you of what initially went wrong,” writes drummer Jim Bonfanti. “In this case, I am reminded of what went right!” This live set caps the career of Cleveland garage-pop heroes the Choir.

The Foreign Films – Ocean Moon (Sonic Envy)

29 June 2020

Ocean Moon’s crafty retro-pop confections are intended as companions for the summer season, and the Foreign Films shine much-needed light in dark times.

Nana Grizol - South Somewhere Else

Nana Grizol - South Somewhere Else (Arrowhawk/Don Giovanni Records)

26 June 2020

While Nana Grizol’s latest is rife with sociopolitical columnist wit, Theo Hilton still weaves in plenty of the personal beauty he’s spent a few albums proving matters so much.

Bell Witch/Aerial Ruin - Stygian Bough Volume 1 (Profound Lore)

25 June 2020

Metal fans know Bell Witch as one of the genre’s most interesting and experimental acts, a battleship-heavy funeral doom duo whose music has gotten more crushing, sonically and emotionally, with every release. Aerial Ruin is the solo project from Erik Moggridge, frontman for San Francisco stoner doom outfit Old Grandad. Originally intended to be a split LP with each act covering a favorite song by the other, Stygian Bough Volume 1 inevitably evolved into a full-blown collaboration.

Partition-Prodigal Gun

Partition – Prodigal Gun (MPLS Ltd)

22 June 2020

Like their similarly discordant label and city mates Sass, Partition is another cogent and youthful Minneapolis band, whose first album’s pummeling, convulsive queercore mines a different side of the noisy rock coin.

The Swagger - Loaded Gun (Self-Released)

22 June 2020

London based The Swagger follow-up last years “Chin Up Boy” with an excellent outing titled “Loaded Gun”.

Pale Blue Moon - It's Not Real (Dark Eye Records)

22 June 2020

On June 30, Pale Blue Moon release the second single from their upcoming The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out

Sass-Chew Toy

Sass – Chew Toy (MPLS Ltd)

21 June 2020

Originally released as a limited edition cassette in May 2019 by Heavy Meadow Records, the debut full-length by this youthful Minneapolis noise-rock quintet gets a welcome vinyl issue from MPLS Ltd.