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  Arc Iris
Self-Titled
(Anti)

 
  Arc Iris is the orchestral pop project of Jocie Adams, a former core member of The Low Anthem. The singer and multi-instrumentalist formed the collective to present her ambitious new songs. The band includes a collective of four musicians plus Jocie with additional players frequently joining to expand the sound further, to create their wild exploration of all kinds of musical styles - jazz, prog rock, blues, country, folk, and classical.  
  Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Welcome To The Slasher House
(Domino)

 
  A group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013's rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band, including a leather-masked, guitar-wielding Avey Tare (Himself, Animal Collective), his knife-wielding keyboard player Angel Deradoorian (Deradoorian, Dirty Projectors), and their cannibal chief drummer and decaying grandfather Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail, Boredoms, Dan Deacon).  
  Band Of Skulls
Himalayan
(Electric Blues)

 
  “The UK’s answer to The Black Keys veers towards an evolved sound for this record. They’re not reinventing themselves – don’t expect any Mariachi-trance or doom-hop – but there is grandeur, a largeness that they parade around on their escapades – is that their newfound knob-twiddler Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) making himself known? Everything’s firm, confident and collected – it may lumber, but each kick beat and chord strum is definitely defiant. This is an album that struts with a dead-eyed glint; it’s an album that keeps a sinister streak simmering near the surface.” – The Line Of Best Fit  
  Baseball Project
Third
(Yep Roc)

 
  Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Minus 5), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) continue their tradition of inspired rock songs that provide passionately funny and sarcastically reverent commentary on the sport of baseball.  
  Belle Brigade
Just Because
(Ato)

 
  Founded by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, The Belle Brigade's music is artfully arranged, with enticing melodies and pop harmonies, fueled by the interplay of driving rhythms between Barbara's drums and Ethan's guitars. Both are gifted songwriters finding inspiration in the works of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Sly Stone, Harry Nilsson and countless others.  
  Big Scary
Not Art
(Barsuk)

 
  The story of Big Scary begins in Melbourne, Australia, where duo Tom Iansek and Jo Syme, armed with just acoustic guitars and egg shakers, started playing songs together in the living room of Syme’s parents’ house, gradually working up to a bolder, more expansive sound by incorporating electric guitars, drums, synths and piano. What began as a few rainy day acoustic ballads in their first incarnation soon grew, and before long, the newly named Big Scary were writing anything they pleased -- fuzzed-out garage rock; piano-led pop; intricate, pastoral instrumentals -- each imbued with an effortless pop sensibility and lightness of touch that would quickly see the duo attract a strong following in their home country.  
  Blacc, Aloe
Lift Your Spirit
(Interscope)

 
  2014 album from the soul singer/songwriter features the hits "The Man" and an acoustic version of "Wake Me Up."  
  Black Lips
Underneath The Rainbow
(Vice)

 
  Atlanta's favorite sons Black Lips present their first full length in three years. Recorded at a variety of locations over the course of 2013, the twelve songs boast a stable of studio collaborators whose pedigree speaks to how much the band has grown and sonically matured over the course of their career.  
  Buckner, Richard
Bloomed [Reissue/1994]
(Merge)

 
  Double-disc reissue of Buckner’s 1994 debut album, expanded with a disc of radio sessions, live performances and original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases. Pitchfork called it "A traditional outsider-country record in the lineage of Townes Van Zandt. Buckner's voice is all honey & oak, his guitar style elaborately twanging, his constant subject matter heartache."  
  Busman's Holiday
A Long Goodbye
(Joyful Noise)

 
  Lewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do this, they go by the name Busman's Holiday. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his modest drum kit, complete with suitcase-bass-drum. Independently, the brothers have performed with artists such as Jens Lekman and Sleeping Bag. A Long Goodbye, the first proper album from Busman's Holiday was recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) and mixed by Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Kishi Bashi). The band has been featured on WNYC's Radiolab. RIYL: Kishi Bashi, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks.  
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