Madonna – Rebel Heart

Madonna’s thirteenth studio album is available this week, hot on the trails of her performances at the Grammys and the Brit awards. The album features guests like Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, and Mike Tyson, along with various producers that include Diplo, Avicii, and Kanye West.

Evans the Death – Expect Delays

The newest album from the London group is available in the US this week, following up 2012’s self-titled debut. Slated as indie rock, the group has quite an influence of sound in their new release including a mix of sixties rock with down-and-out lyrics.

Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood

Another artist releasing his sophomore album this week is Matthew E. White. The singer-songwriter is also part of an avant-garde jazz big band called Fight the Big Bull, in which he composes and arranges all the music. His debut album, Big Inner, received much acclaim and even received five stars by The Guardian.

Heems – Eat, Pray, Thug

After the hip-hop group Das Racist disbanded, Queens, New Yorker Himanshu Suri took some time to travel and rediscover his heritage. This album is the result of his time spent traveling around South Asia, and his music is highly influenced by politics and social justice, along with his growth in New York as he discussed with the New York Times:

“The album is all about New York. It was one of those artist-in-exile things, like the Beastie Boys in L. A. or E. B. White leaving New York to write about the city. When you leave New York, it’s all that you think about. In India, I wasn’t the Indian rapper — I was just the rapper. Ironically, it was there that I was able to look past being Indian, and that allowed me to make this record.”

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.