Nate Ruess – Grand Romantic
While Fun is on a hiatus of sorts (guitarist Jack Antonoff is doing big things with his band, Bleachers) with no new record in sight, lead-singer Nate Ruess released his first solo album this week to hold fans over. The album is very Ruess-esque, and mixes his signature sounds of ’80s, hip-hop samples, and pop as he sings about the joys of being in love.
The Lonesome Trio – The Lonesome Trio
Ed Helms is a talented guy. Not just as an actor, but as a musician, which can be seen through his various screen appearances. It should come as no surprise that he’s teamed up with two of his longtime pals in Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs and spent two weeks recording songs they’ve been singing and working on for twenty years to release this heartfelt, bluegrass-styled album.
Heartless Bastards – Gates of Dawn
The garage rockers out of Cincinnati, Ohio release their fifth studio album this week, and seem to find their stride after a few years of mixing and matching bandmates since they began in 2003. The band has drawn comparisons to fellow Ohio rockers The Black Keys, which makes sense given the Heartless Bastards revitalized infusion of raw togetherness.
High On Fire – Luminiferous
The Heavy Metal rockers are back with their first album since 2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis, and their seventh studio album overall. The band called upon De Vermis Mysteriis producer Kurt Ballou to work his magic yet again, marking the first time the band has used the same producer twice. With the new release comes a more stripped-down sound, over-ascending riffs and breaks that will make your head spin.
Yukon Blonde – On Blonde
The Vancouver-based rockers have taken their sound a step further with the addition of synthesizers to go along with their catchy choruses and indie-pop sounds. Fans of glam-influenced rock should give this album a listen that’s full of energetic ivories and psychedelic riffs with harmonious vocals throughout the album.
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