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Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell [Polydor]

From promoter: “On her elegant and complex fifth album, Lana Del Rey sings exquisitely of freedom and transformation and the wreckage of being alive. It establishes her as one of America’s greatest living songwriters.” Label: Polydor Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 FCC: 1, 14 RIYL: Lorde, Willow, Lykke Li, Borns

Guaxe – Guaxe [OAR]

From promoter: “Guaxe (pr. Gwah-shee) is a musical duo that was formed spontaneously after the encounter of two Brazilian psych rockers Dino Almeida (Boogarins) and Pedro Bonifrate (Supercordas)” Label: OAR Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bodywash, Bonifrate, La Leuca

Sis – Gas Station Roses [Native Cat]

From promoter: “Lovingly made, with earthen percussive elements, chance technique, inside a glimmering forest full of synths and guitars, the album reunites Sis for their most assertive musical statement yet.” Label: Native Cat Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8 FCC: 3 RIYL: Weyes Blood, Beach House, Jay Som, Sufjan Stevens

Lower Dens – The Competition [Self-Released]

From promoter: “As Lower Dens’ first leftist resistance concept pop album alluding to American capitalism’s detrimental psychological impact, The Competition powerfully challenges the oppressive institutions comprising Trump’s America.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Perfume Genius, The xx, Lykke Li

Grayscale – Nella Vita [Fearless]

From promoter: “Since forming in 2011, when its band members were only in high school, the Philadelphia-based quintet–composed of vocalist Collin Walsh, guitarist/vocalist Dallas Molster, guitarist Andrew Kyne, bassist Nick Ventimiglia and drummer Nick Veno–has emerged quickly from the Philadelphia punk scene, establishing a solid fan base.” Label: Fearless Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 FCC: 1, 6, 8, 11 […]

girl in red – Beginnings [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Norwegian bedroom pop artist girl in red’s new record beginnings is a continuation of the strong foundation of the light, airy, and melancholic sound that she has built since her first single in 2017.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 9 FCC: 1, 3, 4 RIYL: Clairo, Wallos, Declan Mckenna

The Mommyheads – Future You [Self-Released]

From promoter: “2019 finds the Mommyheads pairing a reissue of Bingham’s Hole with their forthcoming tenth full-length Future You. In Many Ways a spiritual sequel to Bingham’s Hole, Future You finds the band in a similar place of comfort and mastery in their seamless channeling of eclectic influences.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 7 […]

Bon Iver – i,i [Jagjaguwar]

From promoter: “i,i is Bon Iver’s most expansive, joyful and generous album to date. If For Emma, Forever Ago was the crisp, heart-strung isolation of a northern Winter; Bon Iver the rise and whirr of burgeoning Spring; and 22, A Million, a blistering, “crazy energy” Summer record, i,i completes the cycle: a fall record; Autumn-colored, ruminative, steeped.” Label: Jagjaguwar Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13 FCC: […]


From promoter: “Rap’s beloved creative powerhouse BROCKHAMPTON finds order in chaos with latest release Ginger. The album sees the group at their most serious and lovelorn, featuring slow ballads and gospel-influenced tracks with themes of spirituality, loss, and loneliness – but still maintain the striking writing and intricate production that made them a cult favorite.” […]

Bat for Lashes – Lost Girls [AWAL]

From promoter: “Lost Girls is another brilliant full-length in Khan’s incredible, acclaimed discography, mixing sounds she’s always loved — heavy bass lines, synth arpeggios, Iranian pop beats, cascading choruses — with some of her finest songwriting to date.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: St Vincent, Lykke Li, The xx

MUNA – Saves the World [RCA]

From promoter: “MUNA fashions an ‘80s inspired pop record with Saves The World. Drawing inspiration from artists like Madonna and genres like Chicago house music and Britpop, Saves The World is full of rhythmic electro-pop sing-alongs.” Label: RCA Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, FCC: Clean RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Shura, Broods, The Japanese House

Moonlight Breakfast – Affection [Echoism]

From promoter: “Moonlight Breakfast is this urban, raw and unconventional mix of dream pop, cosmic disco, 80s and neo-soul that lets you dance the night away.” Label: Echoism Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hot Chip, Tennis, Lykke Li, Wild Ones

Queen of Jeans – If You’re Not Afraid, I’m Not Afraid [Topshelf]

From promoter: “Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans new album If You’re Not Afraid, I’m Not Afraidis finally out now on Topshelf Records. The AV Club calls it “as ambitious sonically as it is thematically.” Label: Topshelf Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: 5 RIYL: Mitski, Julien Baker, Field Mouse

Whitney – Forever Turned Around [Secretly Canadian]

From promoter: “Forever Turned Around is an album about relationships. It deals with how they evolve or flounder and how loneliness can creep in unexpectedly.” Label: Secretly Canadian Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Dr Dog, Fruit Bats

Bombay Bicycle Club – “Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)” [Single] [Caroline International]

From promoter: “The pulsating, euphoric “Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)” is streaming now. It encapsulates all the ingredients that made this exciting British band so popular before heading on an extended hiatus having sold out a triumphant London Earls Court show back in 2014.” Label: Caroline International Start w/ 1 FCC: Clean RIYL: Two […]

Blue Vervain – Wounds [Mint 400 Records]

From promoter: “This is a record for everyone and anyone who may need guidance on their path to recovery from being broken, or for anyone seeking a nostalgic look back to recognize the reason they were broken from an objective point of view.” Label: Mint 400 Records Start w/ 1, 2, 7, 8 FCC: Clean […]

The Night Cafe – 0151 [AWAL]

From promoter: “0151 has been a long time in the making for the Liverpool four piece, and comes in the wake of two sonically vast, highly acclaimed EP’s – 2017’s Get Away From the Feeling and 2018’s Bunkbed, which amassed over 30 million streams.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 13 FCC: […]

Boy Scouts – Free Company [Anti]

From promoter: “Pure bedroom-folk, luring you into finding yourself lost with yesterday’s thoughts, occupied by today’s choices, and captivated by tomorrow’s chances.” Label: Anti Start w/ 1, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Angel Olsen, Sharon van Etten, Andy Shauf

Valley – MAYBE [Universal]

Sonically vibrant tracks, indie pop band Valley have released the second part of their album, Maybe – Side B. Label: Universal Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Passion Pit, Oh Wonder, Young the Giant

EVA – Truthfully [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Lush, sunny, and effervescent, this EP will envelop listeners in a cheerful summertime haze.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Rina Sawayama

Dylan Moon – Only The Blues [RVNG Intl.]

Dylan Moon’s debut album Only the Blues is a hazy folk 14 song compilation that is delicate and intimate. Label: RVNG Intl. Start w/ 1, 7, 9, 11, 14 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake, Angelo De Augustine

Shura – forevher [Secretly Canadian]

From promoter: “forevher is a record born from a budding romance, covering everything from the initial pull of desire, to the giddy joy of finally being together, to recognizing the moment when the connection develops from lust into something scarily meaningful.” Label: Secretly Canadian Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 FCC: 2 RIYL: MUNA, The Aces, […]

G Flip – About Us [Future Classic]

From promoter: “Australia’s finest indie-pop export drops her debut album after a string of buzzy singles. Charisma is oozing out of this heartfelt, intimate record.” Label: Future Classic Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: K Flay, Maggie Rogers, Chelsea Cutler, HAIM

Frankie Cosmos – Close It Quietly [Sub Pop]

From promoter: “Close It Quietly takes the trademark Frankie Cosmos micro-universe and upends it, spilling outwards into a swirl of referentiality that’s a marked departure from earlier releases, imagining and reimagining motifs and sounds throughout the album.” Label: Sub Pop Start w/3, 6, 8, 11, 12 FCC: 7, 10, 14 RIYL: Clairo, Soccer Mommy, Mitski

Strange Ranger – Remembering the Rockets [Tiny Engines]

From promoter: “On their third full-length Remembering the Rockets, Strange Ranger continue to excel at translating the way intimacy can feel so overwhelmingly gigantic.” Label: Tiny Engines Start w/ 1, 5, 11, 13 FCC: 8 RIYL: LVL UP, Sparklehorse, Built to Spill