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Stay gold

First Aid Kit (Musical group), composer, performer.

CD MA FIRST A

The Swedish duo sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have honed their lush arrangements and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating this ambitious 10-song collection of originals. Previous album, The Lion's Roar, also worth a listen. Suggested by Liz


Sonic highways

Foo Fighters (Musical group), composer, performer.

CD MA FOO FIG

The Foo Fighters eighth album features songs recorded musical cities--Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York. Foo founder Dave Grohl also directed the HBO series of the same name, documenting the eight-city odyssey during which the record was created. Suggested by Liz


And then you shoot your cousin

Roots (Musical group), composer, performer.

CD MH ROOTS

After more than fifteen years, the Roots continue to reinvent themselves and remain one of music's most enduring and forward-thinking groups. Their eleventh album features the single When the People Cheer.


Sheezus

Allen, Lily, 1985- composer, performer.

CD MR ALLEN

On her third album, singer-songwriter Lily Allen brings plenty of energy, fire and a little bite to each song.


The cautionary tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Eels (Musical group)

CD MA EELS

One year after the release of Wonderful, Glorious, Eels return with a new album that paints an expressive picture of struggle, including personal events that band leader Mark Oliver Everett faced in his own life.


The take off and landing of everything

Elbow (Musical group), performer.

CD MA ELBOW

Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize winning group Elbow return with their sixth studio album. It shows why the band has been one of the most successful groups in the U.K. The album also includes the single New York Morning.


Bastards

Björk.

CD MA BJO1178

For the singles from her album/educational tool/multimedia app Biophilia, Björk recruited artists as distinctive, ambitious, and rule-breaking as she is to provide remixes. Spanning newer acts like Death Grips to longtime collaborators like Matthew Herbert, Bastards gathers the most striking reworkings of Biophilia's songs.


Acoustic at the Ryman

Band of Horses (Musical group)

CD MA BAND OF

Performed by Band of Horses at The Ryman April 27th and 28th, 2013.


Run River North

Run River North (Musical group)

CD MA RUN RIV

The full-length self-titled debut album ventures further into effervescent rock anchored with a down-home aesthetic. The songs ebb and flow with optimism, traversing emotional and musical landscapes. Their music explores the ever-shifting search for self, from the energetic indie-rock interludes to the lonesome guitar strums, always asking the question: Is home a place or is it the people in your life?

Suggested by Dawn


An awesome wave

Alt-J (Musical group)

CD MR ALTJ

Named after the Mac command also used as a mathematical equation to show change, formed while studying fine art at university, and prone to throwing in the odd geometric reference within their lyrics, there are signs that Cambridge-based quartet Alt-J might be a little bit too clever for their own good.

Suggested by Dawn


Rogue's gallery pirate ballads, sea songs, & chanteys.



CD L ROG817

While the marketing insanity for Pirates of the Caribbean II continues to echo in the popular mindset, this whopping yet seemingly near-underground document -- born from the minds of the film's director, Gore Verbinski, his pal Johnny Depp, and Anti-Epitaph label boss (and Verbinski buddy) Brett Gurewitz -- may end up as a lasting contribution to the populace at large without them even knowing it. Any way you hoist it, Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys is a treasure trove of the beautiful, the weird, the arcane, and the dangerous.

Suggested by Dawn


Hospitality

Hospitality (Musical group)

CD M HOSPITA

The angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice. Singer Amber Papini's idiosyncratic songwriting coupled with the band's rich arrangements on their self-titled debut explore youth, New York, and the bittersweet commingling of past and present in a way that feels just right, right now.

Suggested by Dawn


Attack on memory

Cloud Nothings (Musical group)

CD MA CLOUD N

This is the second studio album from indie rock band from Cleveland, Ohio.

My new favorite band. These guys can really rock out.

Suggested by Dawn


Wildewoman

Lucius (Musical group)

CD MA LUCIUS

Rolling Stone says "Sixties girl-group sounds inform lots of indie rock these days. But it rarely sounds as fresh or thrilling as Brooklyn’s Lucius."

Fun stuff!

Suggested by Dawn


Same trailer, different park

Musgraves, Kacey.

CD U MUS8029

Musgraves showed an intelligent, careful writing style that is as pointed as it is poignant, and even though the song seems to skewer small-town country life, it does it without malice or agenda, and is really more just telling it true than anything else, a trait that ought to be treasured in Nashville but usually isn't. Musgraves has a sense of humor, too, and all of these traits add up to make Same Trailer Different Park more than a collection of songs just aiming for the country charts.

Suggested by Dawn


Gorilla Manor

Local Natives (Musical group)

CD MA LOC42

Local Natives fill their debut album with soaring harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats, creating a unique indie rock sound that is all their own.

Suggested by Dawn


Random access memories

Daft Punk (Musical group)

CD ME DAF6862

If you love Daft Punk and disco, you are going to have a lot of fun with this album.

Suggested by Dawn


Can't talk medicine

Pickwick (Musical group)

CD M PIC7952

Fun listen, recommended to me by Kathleen F. from Mukilteo Library.

Suggested by Dawn


Grey oceans

CocoRosie (Musical group)

CD MA COC880

Kinda odd and ethereal, but also fun.

Suggested by Dawn


Rkives

Rilo Kiley (Musical group)

CD MA RIL8

A collection or rarities: B-sides, demo recordings, remixes and material never released.

Suggested by Dawn


Mosquito

Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Musical group)

CD MA YEA8273

Sassy and rocking, this is a fun album, and nice progress for the YYYs.

Suggested by Dawn


Kveikur

Sigur Ros (Musical group)

CD MA SIGUR R

I really love Sigur Ros, and get excited any time they have a new album coming out. If you ever get a chance to see them live, do so!

Suggested by Dawn


Antidotes

Foals (Musical group)

CD MA FOA775

Although Oxford, England's Foals didn't release their debut full-length, Antidotes, until the spring of 2008, they had already begun to make quite a name for themselves, thanks to the British singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics," and successful dates in the U.S. the preceding fall; meaning, of course, that the anticipation for the record had plenty of time to grow. Fortunately, Antidotes is able to live up to the hype.

Suggested by Dawn


This machine

Dandy Warhols (Musical group)

CD MR DAN2522

The Dandy Warhols' searching, contemplative songs have always been a tantalizing yin to the band's brash, sarcastic yang, but it wasn't until This Machine that they devoted most of an album to their thoughtful side. Judging from how well these songs work, it was long overdue; like Earth to the Dandy Warhols, this is one of the band's most consistent sets yet.

Suggested by Dawn


Banga

Smith, Patti.

CD MA SMI2217

On Banga, Smith marries together her various forms of literary expression with rock and pop in an iconic assemblage. Her collaborators are (mostly) familiar: guitarist Lenny Kaye, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, bassist Tony Shanahan, guitarist Tom Verlaine, her children Jackson and Jessi, and guitarist Jack Petruzzelli. Italian band Casa del Vento and Johnny Depp also appear. The album is saturated with poetry, sung or spoken -- sometimes both. Its themes range from a non-didactic reflection on environmental crisis, the dominion of art as man's greatest gift to the divine -- as well as its own species -- homages, elegies, and love songs, all offered with authority and tenderness.

Suggested by Dawn in Teen Services


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