Of Monsters And Men – Beneath The Skin

After quick success with their first studio album, the Icelandic band returns with their sophomore effort in Beneath The Skin. The new release recalls a bit of 2011’s My Head Is An Animal – an uptick in folk music sparked by the likes of Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers – though the lyrics reflect a bit deeper and emotional range compared to the lightness found on their debut.

Muse – Drones

The British rock group releases its seventh studio album this week, to much anticipation after 2012’s 2nd Law, which seemed to draw a bit of dissent among some fans. While that album was the band’s effort for something markedly different, Drones finds the trio going back to the roots of the earlier albums that ignited their fan base some ten years ago.

HoneyHoney – 3

The folk duo out of LA releases their new album this week, the first since 2011’s Billy Jackprovides a grittier sound than any of their previous records, but continue their mix of folk and country that are beginning to show the band dividends as they continue to grow.

No Joy – More Faithful

The shoe-gaze indie band from Montreal releases a new album this week, their third since forming in 2009. If you’re into dreamy, echoing tones and brooding vocals, be sure to check out this new release from No Joy.


Franz Ferdinand and Sparks team-up to form a super group that has been long in the making, but such a well-kept secret that it still came as a surprise when the album was suddenly announced. Combining two groups that have hit their stride and compliment each other as well as these two provide a well-put together album that should be given a listen.


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Nick was born and raised in Amish country, has a beard, but isn’t Amish. He’s a fan of winter as long as he’s at the top of a mountain with a board under his feet. He’s an avid sports fan, movie junkie, tv bum, and music enthusiast who still purchases CDs for some reason.