Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues

For their newest record, the Punch Brothers teamed up with renowned Americana producer T-Bone Burnett who handled soundtracks for such films as O Brother, Where Art Thou?Walk the Line, The Big Lebowski, and Inside Llewyn Davis (where he worked with the Punch Brothers). Burnett has also worked with such artists as Elton John, Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan. The band’s fourth album heeds no caution as they continue to build and explore new folk sounds in a vintage genre.

Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

The fifteenth studio album from Napalm Death is available this week, and they continue to make their music the way they want to. The band mixes some sounds on the new release, mixing in thrash, grindcore and a hint of industrial metal. The band continues to address global greed and the suffering of the less fortunate, issues they’ve had a heartfelt expression for in past albums.

The Dodos – Individ

Originating out of San Francisco, The Dodos are releasing their newest album this week, a followup to 2013’s Carrier. While on the heels of CarrierIndivid is not a mindless repeat, but instead boasts a more grooving and aggressive sound. Members Meric Long and Logan Kroeber have seemingly found their stride as they continue to gain an audience.

The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

The sophomore effort from Alt-Country group is out this week, following their 2013 surprise debut release. While it may have been easy for a band to fall into a slump after a hot start, The Lone Bellow took chances with their arrangements and sound, and even teamed up with Aaron Dessner (The National) to produce the album.

Take some time to listen to some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.

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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.