Featured New Releases

Train – California 37

Although seemingly omnipresent through commercials, soundtracks and radio, Train hasn’t always had it easy, but continues to shatter through the space of a pop genre that is not always guaranteed. Now with one of their fastest-rising single to date, “Drive By,” they prove dominance once again. The pop hooks show no mercy, destined to be stuck in your head for at least a few hours. The rest of the album follows suit, with the clear influence of collaborator Butch Walker laced in many of the tracks.
If You Like: Maroon 5, Five For Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls
Recommended Track: “This’ll Be My Year”

Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word

You can always count on Jason Mraz to be musically consistent – although maybe not so much timely. Nearly a solid four years between albums, Mraz likes to take his time instead of writing an album in a vacuum like many artists do between tours. To tide fans over, he released several live albums since 2008 (arguably his signature style) including, most recently, “LIVE is a Four Letter Word”, with four new tracks from this latest studio effort. As someone with such a recognized live presence, it makes sense that this album feels as personal as it does, a reflection of the deliberate efforts of a signature songwriter.
If You Like: Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Andy Grammer
Recommended Track: “Who’s Thinking About You Now”

Dry the River – Shallow Bed

In 2010, Mumford & Sons exploded onto the music scene, driving a seemingly unclassifiable genre into the limelight. Now, three years later, everyone seems to have their answer to the Mumford anomaly, most recently Of Monsters and Men and Noah and the Whale. However, there is very little formula involved into this fresh new genre, which allows interpretation like Dry the River’s to form their own identity. Even louder, more somber and more harmonized, the clear pop sensibilities of songs like “New Ceremony,” “Bible Belt” and “No Rest” prove the potential of the mainstream success Mumford enjoyed. However, it’s the devastatingly heavy, “Weights and Measures,” that is the true gem of this album, a knee-jerk and tear-jerk ballad that could drive this genre into a new niche of ballad-loving Adele fans.
If You Like: Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Arcade Fire
Recommended Track: “Weights and Measures”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (4/17/12)

Jack JohnsonJack Johnson & Friends: Best of Kokua Festival
Neon TreesPicture Show
Bob Marley & The WailersMarley OST
Dar WilliamsIn The Time Of Gods
Maps & AtlasesBe Aware and Be Grateful
Eric Hutchinson – Moving Up Living Down
DragonforceThe Power Within
LaibachIron Sky
Horse FeathersCynic’s New Year
OmarSing (If You Want It) Re-Twisted
We are SerenadesCriminal Heaven
Lisa LampenelliEqual Opportunity Offender: The Best of Lisa Lampenelli

Coming Up Next Week: 4/24/12

The Wanted – The Wanted
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Eve 6 – Speak In Code
Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Nights Powered by Bing
Death Grips – The Money Store
Brendan Benson – What Kind of World
Greg Laswell – Landline
Tiësto – Club Life – Volume Two Miami
Vicente Fernandez – Los 2 Vicentes
Vintage Trouble – The Bomb Shelter Sessions
Suckers – Candy Salad
The Raveonettes – Into the Night
Joe Pug – The Great Despiser
Dyland & Lenny – My World 2: El Código Secreto
Haste the Day – The Best of the Best
Toro Y Moi – J U N E 2 0 0 9
Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
Torche – Harmonicraft

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