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Rubicon Cross: Rubicon Cross

CJ Snare, former vocalist for late-'80s hair-metal band Firehouse, now fronts the much heavier Rubicon Cross. About the only thing these veteran headbangers have in common with Snare's old band is the singer's distinctive voice. >More
 Chromeo: White Women

Chromeo have already solidified their reputation as consummate electro-funk scholars. White Women, the fourth LP from the Montreal-based team, builds on their legacy with three impossibly catchy opening tracks, all monster singles. From there Dave 1 and P-Thugg find room for sparse heartbreakers like "Ezra's Interlude," which coaxes a delicate falsetto from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the timely disco flourishes of "Fall Back 2U." >More
 Plague Vendor: Free to Eat

There's a wonderful story of misinterpretation behind the name of California band Plague Vendor. The moniker was taken from the Mexican folktale "The Pulque Vendor Tricks the Devil." A street vendor makes a deal with the devil and then gets him drunk on fermented juice (pulque), causing him to miss the deadline to complete the deal. Plague Vendor's new album feels like it's trying to hoodwink you in a similar way. >More
 Sevendust: Time Travelers & Bonfires

Sevendust is one of those gruff, crunchy bands that came of age during the Creed era. But unlike so many of their peers, this Atlanta group have found a way to remain relevant. Time Travelers & Bonfires, an aggressively acoustic and radio-ready album, reveals lyrical depths and melodic nuances otherwise buried when the band is plugged in. >More
 John Wesley: Disconnect

Not to be confused with cynical folksinger John Wesley Harding, session guitarist John Wesley has recorded with post-rock giants Porcupine Tree, veteran blues-rocker Pat Travers, Christian band Jars of Clay and former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies. >More
 Anthony Lamarr: Jump Start the Soul

The local artist's fourth LP is imbued with his trademark: introspective, faith-based R&B full of honesty and personal reflection. Dancing between gratitude and trepidation, Lamarr is relatable as he deals with themes like love, ambition and happiness. >More
 Drive-By Truckers: English Oceans

How much you enjoy Drive-By Truckers' new album may hinge on which of the band's vocalists you normally gravitate toward. But if you're new to this pioneering alt-country act, English Oceans is a good chance to get acquainted with both performers. >More
 St. Vincent: St. Vincent

Concerts " not albums " are the biggest moneymakers for many touring acts, and one smash song can often fill a venue. Each of the 11 tracks on St. Vincent could hold its own as a single, but I appreciate that they make an even greater impact as a group. >More
 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want

Give the People What They Want is aptly named. For more than 10 years, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have put out soul and funk albums that are as good as late-'60s material from Motown and Stax. Because the group very rarely stray from that formula, it's easy to overlook what a treasure each record is. >More
 Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

When Springsteen releases a new album, it's usually a major event. But because his newest effort, High Hopes, is a grab bag of new recordings, rerecordings and old recordings gussied up, it's easy to dismiss. Don't. There is some standout material that deserves a listen, even if High Hopes doesn't qualify as a "proper" Springsteen record. >More
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