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Latest Additions:

Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)
South Rail - Stars EP (5/6)
PHOX - S/T (6/24)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Johnossi - Transitions (4/29)
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (5/20)
Birdy - Fire Within (6/3 U.S.)
The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD (4/29)
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Challenger - Back to Bellevue (5/27)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
The Shilohs - S/T (5/13)
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/19)
Amber States - Saratoga EP (4/28)
Mimicking Birds - Eons (5/13)
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment (6/16)
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love (6/10)
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (5/6 UK)
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (5/26)
Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (6/17 UK)
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War (6/3)
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff (5/12)
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (6/9 UK)
George Ezra - TBA (6/23 UK)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie (6/10)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (6/3)
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics (6/3)
Daughter - Live @ Air (4/15)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (5/19)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (5/19)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP (6/3)
Ed Sheeran - x (multiply) (6/23)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)

April 15

Afghan Whigs - Do To the Beast
Amatorski - From Clay Figures
Amaya Laucirica - Sway (4/18 AUS)
Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated
Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty EP (4/19)
Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
 Daughter - Live @ Air
Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies & Wake Up Calls
Elizaveta - Hero EP
Emerson Hart (Tonic) - Beauty In Disrepair
Horse Thief - Fear In Bliss
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) - Homo Erraticus
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing...
Jim Kroft - Lunatic Lullabies (UK)
Justin Currie - Lower Reaches
Justin Nozuka - Ulysees
Marika Hackman - Deaf Heat EP
Matthew & The Atlas - Other Rivers (UK)
Needtobreathe - Rivers In the Wasteland
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (UK)
Ramona Lisa (Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) - Arcadia
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
The Bee Gees - The WB Years 1987-1991 Box
The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo) - S/T
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
Thee Oh Sees - Drop
Vaudeville Etiquette - Debutantes and Dealers
Wallis Bird - Architecture (UK)
Woods - With Light & With Love

April 22

Black Prairie (Decemberists) - Fortune
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Fear Of Men - Loom
 G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Hedley - Wild Life
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil (Tragically Hip Songs)
Keb' Mo' - BLUESAmericana
Little Daylight - TBA
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Sling Shot to Heaven
Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
The Madden Brothers (Good Charlotte) - TBA
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (U.S.)
Tom and Hebron - Zoyugo

April 29

Amber States - Saratoga EP
Archie Powell & The Exports - Back In Black
Ben Watt - Hendra
Brigitte DeMeyer - Savannah Road (4/29)
Broken Twin - May
Caitlin Park - The Sleeper (5/2 AUS)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest
Curtis Stigers - Hooray For Lovers
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) - Everyday Robots
Dave Keller - Soul Changes
Edward David Anderson - Lies & Wishes
Fiona Bevan - Talk To Strangers
Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) - Midnight Sun
Hafdis Huld - Home
Johnossi - Transitions
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red (U.S.)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Sam Morrow - Ephemeral
The Currys - Follow
The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble
 The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD
The Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Tommy Malone (Subdudes) - Poor Boy
Wye Oak - Shriek 

April TBA

Imogen Heap - Sparks
Neil Young - A Letter Home

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Jenny Scheinman - The Littlest Prisoner
Kina Grannis - Elements
Leisure Cruise (Dave Hodge, Leah Segal) - S/T
Liam Finn - The Nihilist
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Luke Elliot - Provisions
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Natalie Merchant - S/T
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
Pacifika - Amor Planeta
Papercuts - Life Among the Savages
Rachel Taylor Brown - Falimy
Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? EP (UK)
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) - Seven Dials (UK)
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
South Rail - Stars EP
The Horrors - Luminous
Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever (US)
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Willie Watson - Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Wooden Wand - Farmers Corner
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (UK)

May 13

Amen Dunes - Love
Braid - No Coast
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps
Collin Herring - Some Knives
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids EP (UK)
Jeremy Fisher - The Lemon Squeeze
Jesse Denaro - Dear, Love
Joseph Arthur - Lou (Lou Reed Tribute)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Little Dragon - Nabuma Underground
Megson - In A Box 
Mimicking Birds - Eons
Mirah - Changing Light
Molly Beanland - Night Dreams
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Rhodes - The Morning EP (5/11 UK)
Swans - To Be Kind 
Sylvan Esso - S/T
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The Shilohs - S/T
The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie
Tom The Lion - Sleep
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Walter Martin (The Walkmen) - We're All Young Together

May 20

Bry Webb - Free Will
Cara Dillon - A Thousand Hearts (UK)
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Upside Down Mountain
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
Haley Bonar - Last War
Hundreds - Aftermath
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Going Home
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: Live @ Madison Sq. Garden
Malka Spigel - Gliding EP
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
Oasis - Definitely Maybe 20th Anniv. Ed.
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light
Smoke Fairies - S/T
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/18)
Yann Tiersen - Infinity

May 27

Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks
Challenger - Back to Bellevue
John Fullbright - Songs
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - Testing the Waters
Little Barrie - Shadow
Madison - The Bright Light EP
Matthew Barber - Big Romance
Miniature Tigers - Cruel Runnings
moe. - No Guts, No Glory
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Teleman - Breakfast
The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers


Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 3

Alice Boman - EP II
BANKS - Goddess (Full Length Debut) 
Birdy - Fire Within (U.S.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (4/28 UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (Prod: Ryan Adams)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours
Howling Bells - Heartstrings
James - La Petite Mort
JD McPherson - TBA
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Josh Record - Pillars (UK)
Kan Wakan - Moving On
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War
Matisyahu - Akeda
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics
Peter Murphy - Lion
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Sleep Party People - Floating
The Donkeys - TBA 
   The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP
The Pierces - Creation
The Shoe (w/ Jena Malone) - I'm OK

June 10

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Cowboy Mouth - Go
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Glass Aniimals - Zaba
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (UK)
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Jack White - Lazaretto
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love
O.A.R. - The Rockville LP
Passenger - Whispers
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London
Tomas Barfod - Love Me

June 17

Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (UK)
Glass Towers - Halcyon Days
Lewis Watson - The Morning
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment
The Antlers - Familiars
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress      

June 24

Ed Sheeran - x (multiply)
George Ezra - TBA (UK)


Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (Spring TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Little Daylight - TBD (7/15)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Summer)
  Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)
Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) - The Ceaseless Sight (TBA)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Sasha Siem - Most of the Boys (TBA)
Scott Matthews - Home Pt. 1 (TBA)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (7/14)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One (TBA)
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (Summer TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA) 
Woman's Hour - Conversations (7/15)

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DC March 19 New Release Recap

A few newbie debuts mix with a handful of veterans in fine form to make up our picks for the week's best releases. In the first category, we suggest the lovely Brit folk from the sibling trio The Staves (produced by the father/son team of Glyn and Ethan Johns) as well as the debut from Carolina singer/songwriter Kail Baxley. We also want to direct you to Coyotes from the young chamber folk trio Birds and Arrows and an album we described as a "real and remarkable find": Until We Drown by Kait Lawson. In the latter, we have a pair of albums that both tie long-running artists with well-known (and well-respected) producers: Billy Bragg's Tooth and Nail, an album of personal musings on love produced by Joe Henry, and the excellent new album from Twin Cities trio Low produced by Wilco mainman Jeff Tweedy. For those looking for something a little darker and harder rocking, we also recommend Specter at the Feast from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Also worthy of your time: Alpha Rev's Bloom, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Harner's Child Ballads (more on that soon), Josh Rouse's The Happiness Waltz, K.S. Rhoads' The Wilderness and Walk Off the Earth's R.E.V.O. And, lastly, don't forget the tribute to the late, great Levon Helm: Love For Levon. Dive in with capsule overviews, links to listen and the full DC list below...

London-based acoustic trio The Staves -- early 20-something sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor -- have been creating something of a serious buzz on both sides of the big pond lately, touring with The Civil Wars, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons and Michael Kiwanuka along with releasing a pair of exquisitely delicate nu-folk EP's. Produced by the father and son studio dream team of Glyn and Ethan Johns, the siblings' full length Dead & Born & Grown, finally arriving stateside March 19, collects selected songs from those EPs as well as a batch of fine new tracks for an album brimming with what we've described as a "masterful bit of sublime harmony that spans the chilly confines of England and balmier surroundings of 70's L.A. folk/pop"...more DC

Low - The Invisible Way (March 19, Sub Pop) - Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the low-keyed Minnesota trio taps Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to produce their tenth album..."We’ve made many records," says guitarist/singer Alan Sparlock, "and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty"...Co-founder and drummer Mimi Parker steps up to the mic to take lead on five of the album's eleven tracks including the beautiful and haunting "If I Could Just Make It Stop" (stream after the jump)...Drawing comparisons to another long-running band -- Cowboy Junkies -- Low keeps the musical heat on simmer, producing hushed late night/early morning music made for listening in silent darkness ...more DC

Over his thirty year career, Billy Bragg has been a reliable and compelling singer and writer of songs that tend to beat directly from his Woody Guthrie-styled political activist heart. But for his new album Tooth and Nail (March 19, Cooking Vinyl), Bragg explores more personal topics -- he does refer to himself as "the sherpa of love", after all -- with exemplary support from producer Joe Henry and a stellar group of studio musicians who wrapped the dozen songs in less than five days in Henry's basement studio. "Technically I'm not a great singer, I'm not much of a player," Bragg tells Rolling Stone, "but they were really engaged with what I was trying to do and what I was trying to say"...more DC

Black Rebel Motorcyle - Specter at the Feast (March 19, Abstract Dragon/Vagrant) - “We all wanted to cover a Call song for this record" BRMC co-founder and co-frontman Robert Levon Been says of “Let The Day Begin,” the newly revived 1989 rock radio hit from the band once led by Been's late father (and BRMC tour engineer) Michael Been. "It means a lot to us to be able to pay respect...for all he’s done for us”...New project is the band's first since Michael's passing and 2010's Beat The Devil's Tattoo, an album Rolling Stone described as "unremittingly grim, and undeniably fun"...Specter may have it's own ghosts considering Been's description of the recording process as "excruciating", but despite the band's reputation for darkly gothic leanings, this is hardly a dirge...more DC

You can practically catch a whiff of magnolias and feel the warm humid breeze of the Carolinas on your skin when taking in the impressive debut of modern troubadour KaiL Baxley. With a gentle soul-inflected drawl and musical style that deftly pulls from folk, blues, New Orleans strut and whatever might be construed as languid, southern-styled songcraft, Baxley worked with producer/engineer Eric Come and some stellar L.A. sidemen to craft a pair of EP's: the more sharply outlined, citified and bluesy Heatstroke and the folksy acoustic shamble and more subtle rural flair of The Wind and the War -- both combined for one two-sided long player arriving March 19 on CD (digitally now)...more DC

Birds and Arrows - Coyotes (March 19) - North Carolina chamber folk outfit was founded in 2007 by the husband and wife team of Andrea and Pete Connolly, expanding from a duo to a trio in 2009 with the addition of cellist Josh Starmer in 2009...New album, produced and mixed by the dB's Chris Stamey, follows up 2011's well-received longplayer We're Gonna Run..."An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance," says Stamey of Coyotes...Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and James Wallace of Mount Moriah make guest appearances...more DC

Kait Lawson has kicked around New York and Nashville the past few years but when it came time to record her debut album, the young singer/songwriter returned back to her hometown of Memphis. There she headed into the studio with collection of original songs and some of the city's best musicians including guitarists Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady) and Dave Cousar (Al Green, Amy Lavere) and Al Gamble on keys (Mark Broussard). Out of those sessions emerged the recently released Til We Drown, an album of songs steeped in her city's enduring tradition of blending blues, country and soul into one rich, potent elixir...more DC

The DC list of New Releases for March 19:

Alice Smith - She
Alpha Rev - Bloom
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer - Child Ballads
Billy Bragg - Tooth and Nail
Birds and Arrows - Coyotes
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter at the Feast
Boy + Kite - We Can Go Anywhere We Want EP
Colleen Green - Sock It To Me
Conquering Animal Sound - On Floating Bodies
Josh Rouse - The Happiness Waltz
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
Kail Baxley - Heatstroke/The Wind & The War
Kait Lawson - Until We Drown
K.S. Rhoads - The Wilderness (Dig: 3/5)
Low - The Invisible Way
Marc Carroll - Stone Beads & Silver (U.S.)
Medeski Martin & Wood - Free Magic (Live)
Marnie Stern - The Chronicles of Marnia
O.A.R - Live on Red Rocks (DVD)
Palma Violets - 180
Phosphorescent - Muchacho
Rachael Yamagata - Heavyweight (EP CD)
Stornoway - Tales From Terra Firma
Suede - Bloodsports
The Black Lillies - Runaway Freeway Blues
The Fabulous Thunderbirds - On the Verge
The Ocean Blue - Ultramarine
The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown (U.S.)
Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing (3/22 AUS)
Various - Love for Levon/Tribute to Levon Helm (DVD/CD)
Walk Off The Earth - R.E.V.O.
William Tyler (Lambchop) - Impossible Truth



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