Featured New Releases:

Justin BieberBelieve

Unless you’ve been living in a cave the last few years, you’ve at least heard the name, “Justin Bieber.” Regardless of if you’re a true Belieber or not, it’s hard to deny the influence he has had on pop culture, with this album being an undisputed slam dunk from the start. After whetting the appetites of his fans with his holiday album, “Under the Mistletoe,” Spring came with a brand new single, “Boyfriend,” that immediately spiked into the Top 100 charts. The groundswell continued, with Bieber at every turn preparing for this latest musically (and vocally) advanced album. His natural graduation from the “tween” life hardly feels like a shock as we’ve watched each step of  his career, a spotlight that shows no signs of fading.  Admit it. You kind of love it.

If You Like: Usher, Justin Timberlake, One Direction
Recommended Track: “Right Here (ft. Drake)”

Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Seven years since, “Extraordinary Machine,” and alongside unnumbered years of speculation, Fiona Apple has returned with an album title appropriate for the length of time fans waited to hear from her. A notoriously outspoken artist, she all but went into hiding, recording in her own time and playing only in Los Angeles before re-emerging in 2012 with an album in hand and a set of tour dates that kicked off at SXSW. Apple’s classic, broadway-esque sound has been simplified, with her trademark vocals stripped of the usual background pomp, letting the lyrics really carry the album. While the songs have been finished for a year or more, this new/old Fiona should be just what fans have been craving.

If You Like: Tori Amos, Sara  Bareilles, Norah Jones
Recommended Track: “Daredevil”

Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania

Smashing Pumpkins have done their fair share of re-invention over the years, with very public break-ups and line-up tweaks as an outspoken Billy Corgan kept his role as the cornerstone of the band and its sound. Now on their 9th release, they’ve chosen to re-invent the concept of an album, dropping “Oceania,” as part of a their larger 44-song concept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, inspired by the ‘The Fools Journey’ of the Tarot. While woven into a bigger story, the band has made it clear that this album stands on it’s own, with Corgan saying that it’s the band’s best effort since “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.”

If You Like: Silversun Pickups, Soundgarden, Garbage
Recommended Track: “Violet Rays”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week: 6/19/12

Kenny ChesneyWelcome To The Fishbowl
Walk the MoonWalk the Moon
Glen HansardRhythm And Repose
Kylie Minogue  – The Best of Kylie Minogue
Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
The Dirty HeadsCabin By the Sea
Chelsea GrinEvolve EP
TurbonegroSexual Harassment
BeBe WinansAmerica America
Soulive & Karl DensonSPARK!
For All Those SleepingOutspoken
CanLost Tapes Box Set
White ArrowsDry Land is Not a Myth

Coming Up Next Week: 6/26/12

Maroon 5 – Overexposed
R. Kelly – Write Me Back
The Offspring – Days Go By
Blues Traveler – Suzie Cracks The Whip
The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
Soundtrack – Ted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jill Scott – Crates: Remix Fundamentals Volume 1
The Devil Wears Prada – Dead&Alive
Allen Stone – Allen Stone
Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons – Old Believers
Casey Abrams – Casey Abrams
Rachel Crow – Rachel Crow – EP
Memphis May Fire – Challenger
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Infected Mushroom – Nation of Wusses Remix
Everest – Ownerless
Various Artists – House of Ibiza 2012
Large Professor – Professor @ Large
Chris Cagle – Back In The Saddle

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