Featured New Releases:

Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods

Silversun Pickups have long been indie darlings of the alternative/modern rock radio set, carving through the clutter with easy to digest tracks like, “Panic Switch, ” 2006’s massive hit, “Lazy Eye,” and the latest single, “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings).” However, Silversun Pickups are very much an “album,” band, with challenging deep cuts in their previous efforts as part of a cohesive whole. Their predominantly “shoegaze” genre is not always the easiest to swallow, but rewards the listener in understanding the overall concept over long and complex song structures. Take the time.

If You Like:  Smashing Pumpkins, The Temper Trap, The National
Recommended Track:  “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)”

Karmin – Hello

While the internet is chock full of “viral,” success stories, there are few more poignant that that of Karmin. In a music world that is very much still holding tight to traditional promotion and media, they took full advantage of the possibilities of the internet, throwing up much buzzed about covers of artists like Chris Brown, Adele and Lil Wayne. This lit a fire through the e-tastemakers of sites like Reddit.com, scoring the duo a major deal to record their own material. While songs like “Brokenhearted” take a more-straight forward pop approach, it’s singer Amy Heidemann’s emcee-esque chops that gained her recognition and are the stand-out trademark of these up-and-comers.

If You Like:  Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, The Black Eyed Peas
Recommended Track: “Too Many Fish”

Keane – Strangeland

Keane’s success has always seemed steady, with the band quietly selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Ironically, while sounding most like Coldplay, they are more or less the anti-Coldplay, shrugging off the Chris Martin bravado and focusing on the band as a whole, leading with piano instead of guitars and maintaining the kind of “indie cred,” that put them in with the likes of Mumford & Sons and The Long Winters as part of the Mt. Desolation side project. They certainly aren’t shaking things up with this latest album but their familiar, non-offensive nature may work in their favor, maintaining the loyalty of their fan base and bringing in a few new ears.

If You Like: Coldplay, Civil Twilight, Snow Patrol
Recommended Track: “Silenced by the Night”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (5/8/12):

Mary Mary  – Go Get It 
Pitbull - Original Hits 
Dee SniderDee Does Broadway 
Kidz Bop KidsKIDZ BOP Ultimate Hits 
Rita WilsonAM/FM 
Sara WatkinsSun Midnight Sun
Here We Go MagicA Different Ship
S. CareyHoyas 
M83Reunion Remixes 
Matt Skiba and the Sekrets  – Babylon
Infected MushroomArmy of Mushrooms
Barenaked LadiesStop Us If You’ve Heard this One Before 

Coming Up Next Week (5/15/12):

Adam Lambert – Trespassing
Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power
Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix
Best Coast – The Only Place
Santana – Shape Shifter
Beach House – Bloom
Lisa Marie Presley – Storm & Grace
Willie Nelson  – Heroes
Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album
Cherri Bomb – This Is The End Of Control
Various Artists – Occupy This Album
Godsmack – Live & Inspired
Hot Water Music – Exister
Mewithoutyou - Ten Stories
Meiko – The Bright Side
Shadows Fall – Fire From The Sky
Reggie Watts – A Live At Central Park
Erasure – Essential
The Sugarman 3 – What The World Needs Now
Craft Spells – Gallery

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