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What's New 9-29-23

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Pioneering feminist punk band Frightwig has returned with their latest album, We Need to Talk and a special bonus 7" single dedicated to their late but forever-present drummer Cecilia Kuhn who transcended this earthly plane in 2017. Since forming in San Francisco in 1983, Frightwig has had two objectives: Spread joy and smash the patriarchy.

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Easy Eye Sound

All-new reissue of the critically acclaimed and long-out-of-print 2009 debut solo album from The Black Keys singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach. An intimate and underrated affair with shades of greazy rock & roll, blue-eyed soul, and bluegrass hollers. Reissued with new artwork and pressed from the original master.

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Atlantic

“Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes… everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded,” says Sheeran. “When I recorded Subtract with Aaron Dessner, we clicked immediately. I feel he has captured the feeling of autumn so wonderfully in his sonics and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”

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Kill Rock Stars Nashville

Featuring a gamut of guests including GRAMMY Award-winners Billy Strings and Jerry Douglas, Queen of Time celebrates love and loss, but above all, the art of living as an unattainably-a vibrant, powerful woman who can share herself with the world, and yet define a mighty sense of inner self as well.

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Normaltown Records

At its heart of The Howdies is a love for the hard scrabble heroes of country music’s early days and the freewheeling feeling of the Outlaw era. The musical styles of Appalachia and the old Blues come together to create a distinctly American art form – where the rules of musical tradition are often bent or even broken with a wink and a smile.

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Metal Blade

What happens when two Danes and a German walk into a studio loaded with HM-2 pedals, a knack for writing hooks as infectious as a rash, and a love of old-school death metal? As supergroup-of-sorts Asinhell reveals: the reinvention of Swedish melodeath in the modern era. Featuring members of Volbeat, Insidious Disease and Morgoth.

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Blue Grape Music

The Above is album number five and feels even more inventive, even more wide-ranging than anything Code Orange have released to date. It’s the work of creators who have a vision and a road-map – all be it off-the-beaten-path – of how to reach that destination. Another triumph and an album that will surrender its secrets slowly.

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Metal Blade

Despite Harm's Way's reputation for unrelenting brutality, Common Suffering surprises at several turns with quieter moments of well thought out songwriting that emphasize light and shade. It's their understanding of how to effectively orchestrate these dynamics that makes an already ironclad record feel infinitely more merciless.

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Napalm Records

On the blazing heels of their highly-lauded 2021 debut album, KK’S Priest return to sin again. Here the powerhouse heavy metal amalgamation of iconic Judas Priest alum and GRAMMY Award winning/nominated musicians K.K. Downing and Tim “Ripper” Owens double down on the ripping melodic force of their debut’s catchy hooks and guitar wizardry.

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Pure Noise Records

Revered Atlanta rock 'n' roll duo '68 make their awaited return with their 4th full-length, Yes, and... The latest offering is their hardest rocking record to date, a sonic explosion of heavy riffs and frantic rhythm abound on the band's massively anticipated follow up to 2021's critically acclaimed Give One Take One.

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Son of Davy

The Man From Waco saw the TX-based singer/songwriter reach dizzying new heights. On Nov 14th, 2022, Charley headed to Nashville, TN for his debut (and sold out) concert at the historic Nashville venue the Ryman Auditorium. These recordings capture the live energy and raw talent of one of modern music's best live performers.

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Southeastern Records

Southeastern offers confessions, reflections, and promises that confront and make communion with those who have come before and remain with us still. Its twelve tracks represent an extended meditation on the concept articulated by another celebrated southern storyteller, author William Faulkner: "The past is never dead. It isn't even past."

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Republic

The Family Business compiles the Jonas Brothers’ hit singles together in one collection alongside two tracks from DNCE and four tracks from Nick Jonas’ solo albums. The release serves as a companion piece to their current live show dates (entitled “The Tour”) and their most recent studio release The Album

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BMG

LP has become one of the most internationally beloved singer-songwriters of their generation, skyrocketing with "Lost On You", a heart-penetrating folk ballad that hit #1 In 18 countries. Love Lines is LP's most luminous and heart-expanding work yet, influenced by the sundrenched expanse of California and a spectrum of Western-inspired sounds.

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Atlantic

Maroney gives a resounding “so be it!” that washes away the transgressions of time, while still being aware of what days gone by have made of him. After 40 minutes and 13 tracks, Ultrapure is as resonant in one's headphones as it is in Maroney’s headspace.

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Virgin Music

Aging’s minimalist piano ballads are darker and more contemplative than anything the Broken Social Scenester has released before. Across the 33-minutes can be found the spirit of Drew classics like “Lover’s Spit” and “Sweetest Kill,” but with a sense of sorrow rarely heard on previous material.

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Century Media

Industrial instigators 3TEETH return with another collection of angry, jagged diatribes. A skull-caving assault that edges their heaviness even further into the swirling abyss of nihilism and biting social commentary, Endex also continues a melodic evolution last heard on 2019's excellent Metawar. The impending doom never sounded so good.

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Metal Blade

Since 1988, Cannibal Corpse have been at the forefront of death metal, shaping and defining the genre. In 2021 they raised the stakes again with their 15th album, Violence Unimagined, growing ever more complex and intense, and in 2023 they return with its successor, the equally monstrous Chaos Horrific, starting a new chapter in their legacy.

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Ol’ Buddy Records

The American south isn't just Brent Cobb's home. It's his muse, too. A Georgia native, he fills his songwriting with the sounds and stories of an area that's been home to southern rockers, soul singers, country legends, and bluesmen. Cobb offers up his own version of “southern eclectic” with his newest album, Southern Star.

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Yep Roc Records

Written with a series of friends including S. Carey, Madi Diaz, and Christian Lee Hutson, Avalanche is an achingly beautiful exploration of loss, resilience, and growth. The songs are deceptively serene here, layering Owen Youngs’ infectious pop sensibilities atop lush, dreamy arrangements.

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BMG

Global dancefloor queen Kylie Minogue moves the party from the shiny mirrorball disco to the sweaty, neon-lit club on the flawless Tension. Much like Disco, Tension is a master class in pop wizardry and escapist bliss. Releasing an album this expertly crafted and stunning in her fifth decade in the business is an absolute wonder to behold.

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Yell House Records

Toward A Never Ending New Beginning is full of reflection and raw, unfiltered honesty that will most definitely connect with listeners on a deeper level. Combining electronic beats with subtle instrumentation, each song is sonically diverse and thoughtfully crafted, taking listeners on a journey of self-discovery.

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Dead Oceans

Playing country-inflected orchestral pop with sardonic wit and deep feeling, Mitski underlines why she’s one of the very best singer-songwriters working today. A disregard for the mainstream proves again to be Mitski’s strongest armour, as The Land… becomes her most sonically interesting full-length yet.

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Century Media

Side A hosts Blood Incantation's signature crushing riffs, thunderous drums, and guttural vocals of the abyssal depths while Side B’s atmospheric synthesizers, haunting melodies, and otherworldly timbres will take you on a journey through the boundless expanse of space. A must-have for any fan of extreme metal or the avant-garde.

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Earache Records

Primed to drop jaws with their monster hybrid of breathtaking garage rock rhythms, gargantuan choruses, unashamedly retro style and, above all, their dedication to making every live show an undeniable excuse to party, The Bites’ debut album Squeeze will be ready for rock fans to sink their teeth into on July 14th 2023.

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Temporary Residence Ltd.

End is perhaps the "grandest" Explosions album – seeing the Texas band further underline their credentials as rock’s finest instrumentalists with another offering of deep, emotive tracks. Although exploring endings, it feels like the band are far from done and will continue to evoke emotions long into the foreseeable future.

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Virgin Music

Slayyyter’s second album sees her delving deeper into her pop stardom with an extravagant Los Angeles starlet persona centered around themes of fame, sex, femme fatales and celebrity obsession. Equally as vicious as it is vulnerable, the electrifying production of the concept album is set to elevate her status as a rising pop trailblazer.

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Metal Blade

The champs of epic metal return with their first album since 2018’s Exile Amongst the Ruins and tenth overall. The new batch of material obsesses over endings and the concept of finality, filtering this preoccupation through Primordial’s long-established formula of galloping rippers and stately marches.

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Bloodshot

Loveless’ trademark candidness and razor-sharp wit remain, but here her voice is wiser and more controlled. And while she holds onto a vintage country heart and a heartland rock soul, this album also presents something new and matured. Captivating and complex, it’s a triumphant moment from an artist who’s continuing their stride.

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New Release Round-Up 09-29-23

Jason Isbell - Southeastern 10 Year Anniversary Edition

Jason Isbell - Southeastern 10 Year Anniversary Edition - Southeastern Records
Jason Isbell's songs are filled with ghosts. They're haunted by spirits both welcome and unwelcome, by the personal and historical legacies that make us who we are. Nowhere Is this more evident than on his 2013 breakthrough album Southeastern. Isbell offers confessions. reflections. and promises that contront and make communion with those who have come before and remain wIth us still. Its twelve tracks represent an extended meditation on the concept articulated by another celebrated southern storyteller, author William Faulkner: "The past is never dead. It isn't even past." The remastered album is available as Indie Exclusive Transparent Clearwater Blue Vinyl, LP, Deluxe 3LP Box Set or Deluxe 3CD Box Set.

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Green Day - Dookie: 30th Anniversary

Green Day - Dookie: 30th Anniversary - Reprise
Green Day’s third studio album Dookie was released in February 1994, and has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the US (RIAA Diamond certified). The album is an iconic punk-rock-pop masterpiece and one of the most influential and defining albums of the 1990’s. It spawned five hit singles that are still hugely popular songs: “Longview”, “Basket Case”, “Welcome to Paradise”, “When I Come Around”, and “She”. Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Sets (vinyl and CD) are being released to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this landmark album. In addition to the original album, the super deluxe box sets will include a wealth of rare and unreleased material. The legendary Woodstock ’94 performance is included – previously released as a very limited Record Store Day vinyl release. The 6 LPs (or 4 CDs) also feature 17 unreleased demos, 6 studio outtakes (3 unreleased), and a 17-track unreleased club show from Barcelona in 1994.  The deluxe vinyl box features the six LPs pressed on 6 different varieties of brown vinyl, plus a 36-page 12” x 12” book. The box also includes many fun memorabilia items inspired by the “Dookie” artwork: Doggie Poop Bags, Air-Freshener, Poster, Color-in litho, Button Set, Magnet Sheet, Postcard, Bumper Sticker and Paper Plane.  The CD box includes 4 CDs (the same audio content as the vinyl box), 48-page book, Button Set, Air-Freshener, Magnet and two stickers.

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Jonas Brothers - The Family Business

Jonas Brothers - The Family Business - Republic Records
The Family Business compiles the Jonas Brothers’ hit singles together in one collection alongside two tracks from DNCE and four tracks from Nick Jonas’ solo albums. The release serves as a companion piece to their current live show dates (entitled “The Tour”) and their most recent studio release The Album which reached the top 3 in the USA and the UK upon release in May 2023. 2023 has been a busy year for the trio that has also included an appearance on Saturday Night Live, a sold-out residency on Broadway, tour dates at Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium, and a collaboration with TOMORROW X TOGETHER. In July, the recent Streamy Award winners announced an extension for “The Tour” with added dates in North America into December 2023, as well as shows in Australia, New Zealand and across Europe in 2024.

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Boy Named Banjo - Dusk

Boy Named Banjo - Dusk - Mercury Nashville
Dusk, Boy Named Banjo’s exhilarating new album, is indeed an electrifying dose of lightning in a bottle, one that explores the full sonic and emotional spectrum of the band’s rich, eclectic sound, from late-night, feel-good, fall-in-love party anthems to stripped-down, introspective meditations on loneliness, loss, and letting go. The writing is keen and incisive here, artfully grappling with lust and longing, hope and heartbreak, regret and redemption, and the Nashville five-piece’s performances are nothing short of exhilarating, blurring the lines between Music Row and Laurel Canyon with lush harmonies and bold, cinematic arrangements.

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Steven Wilson - The Harmony Codex

Steven Wilson - The Harmony Codex - Spinefarm
Steven Wilson is an English musician and record producer. Currently a solo artist, he became known as the founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the band Porcupine Tree. He has also worked with artists such acts as Opeth, King Crimson, Pendulum, XTC, Tears for Fears and Roxy Music. His honors include four Grammy nominations: twice with Porcupine Tree, once with his collaborative band Storm Corrosion and once as a solo artist. The Harmony Codex is his most ambitious album to date.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Black Stone Cherry - Screamin' At The Sky Video Available

Ed Sheeran - Autumn Variations
Wilco - Cousin
Djo - Decide [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black & White LP]
Animal Collective - Isn't It Now? [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Tangerine 2LP]
Steve Miller Band - The Joker: 50th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Charley Crockett - Live from the Ryman [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Stained Glass LP]
Jorja Smith - falling or flying [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP with Exclusive Booklet]
Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tiger's Eye LP]
HAIM - Days Are Gone: 10th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe Green 2LP]
Sparta - Wiretap Scars [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Usher - My Way: 25th Anniversary [2LP]
Armand Hammer - We Buy Diabetic Test Strips [Limited Edition Grape 2LP]
The Neighbourhood - I Love You [RSD Essential 2LP]
Molly Burch - Daydreamer
LP - Love Lines [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Howdies - Howdies All Around
Alicia Keys, Kris Bowers, Vitamin String Quartet - Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Covers from the Netflix Series) [LP]
Oliver Tree - Alone In A Crowd [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Red LP]
Cherry Glazerr - I Don't Want You Anymore
Escape The Fate - This Wars Is Ours: 15th Anniversary Edition [White w/Red & Green Splatter LP]
Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Zoetrope Picture Disc LP]
Phish - Rift [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bitter Blue 2LP]
Common Kings - CELEBRATION
Blonde Redhead - Sit Down For Dinner
Ricky Montgomery - Rick [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Taproot - SC\SSRS
Thomas Rhett - 20 Number Ones
The Orb and David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres In Colour
Djo - Twenty Twenty [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black & Blue Multi-colored LP]
311 - Music [RSD Essential Translucent Orange 2LP]
NCT 2023 - The 4th Album 'Golden Age'
Miley Cyrus - Bangerz: 10th Anniversary Edition
Pachyman - Switched-On
Robert Glasper - Black Radio III: Supreme Edition [Limited Edition Tri Color 3LP]
Ghost - IMPERA [Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]


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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

NCT 127 - The 5th Album 'Fact Check'

NCT 127 - The 5th Album 'Fact Check' - SM Entertainment Co., Ltd.

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Lil Peep - Hellboy

Lil Peep - Hellboy - Death Note Music, LLC

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Meat Puppets Megaforce Reissues

Meat Puppets Megaforce Reissues - Megaforce

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Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels: 10th Anniversary

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels: 10th Anniversary - Seeker Music Group

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Darius Rucker - Carolyn’s Boy

Darius Rucker - Carolyn’s Boy - Capitol Nashville

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Reba McEntire - Not That Fancy

Reba McEntire - Not That Fancy - Rockin' R Records, LLC

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What's New 9-22-23

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4AD

A defining album of the 90s, Last Splash by The Breeders turns 30 this year. To celebrate, the band have returned to the original tapes to give it its first-ever remaster, and by doing so have also unearthed two lost tracks that will delight fans– “Go Man Go” and “Divine Mascis” (a different version of “Divine Hamme” with Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis on lead vocals).

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New West

After forty years of marriage, Buddy and Julie Miller have learned to welcome a song however it arrives. Which means their fourth album together sounds lively and diverse, eccentric and slightly askew: a deeply soulful collision of mournful gospel, dusty country, cosmic blues, lusty rockabilly, ecstatic R&B, and anything else that crosses their minds.

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Capitol

Petey is a one-of-a-kind, multi-hyphenate artist with heart, singular wit, unique vision and an expansive sonic range. Using a combination of arpeggiated synthesizers, distorted guitars and shouted vocals, Petey is unflinchingly candid as he examines depression, anxiety, masculinity and heartbreak with his music and new record.

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New Release Round-Up 09-22-23

James Blake - Playing Robots Into Heaven

James Blake - Playing Robots Into Heaven - Republic Records
GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer James Blake releases his sixth studio album Playing Robots Into Heaven. Playing Robots Into Heaven follows the critically acclaimed Friends That Break Your Heart and sees James return to the electronic roots of his Hessle, Hemlock and R&S records days.

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Chappell Roan - The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess

Chappell Roan - The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess - Island
Bold pop hooks, sex positivity, honest songwriting and a heavy dose of glitter make up the world of Chappell Roan, the next multi-faceted force in pop music. A technicolor celebration of self-discovery and transformation, The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess tracks Chappell’s cinematic journey of falling in queer love for the first time, while embracing all the messy and imperfect moments in-between. Penned by Amstutz alongside Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo).

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Bleach Lab - Lost In A Rush Of Emptiness

Bleach Lab - Lost In A Rush Of Emptiness - Nettwerk Records
Bleach Lab proudly call themselves perfectionists. The South London formed in 2017 as a duo of bassist Josh Longman and guitarist Frank Wates, they then recruited vocalist Jenna Kyle before reaching their final form at the start of 2021 with the recruitment of drummer Kieran Weston. After releasing three EPs, they are now gearing up for their debut album Lost In A Rush Of Emptiness, where the band felt free to experiment, always keeping true to their alternative nature. The songs on it are packed with widescreen, dreamy soundscapes that pushed their aesthetics forwards and continued the experimentation that exists at the heart of the project.


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Carrie Underwood - Denim & Rhinestones [Deluxe Edition]

Carrie Underwood - Denim & Rhinestones [Deluxe Edition] - Capitol Nashville
This new Deluxe Edition features the original 12 tracks including the hit singles “Ghost Story” and “Hate My Heart,” plus 6 additional songs including “Take Me Out” and her latest single “Out Of That Truck.” Carrie is a true multiformat, multimedia superstar, spanning achievements in music, TV, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur. She has sold more than 85 million records worldwide and recorded 28 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote).

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Chai - Chai Video Available
SOUTHALL - Southall Video Available

Petey - USA
Doja Cat - Scarlet
Briston Maroney - Ultrapure [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Olive Green LP]
Stephen Sanchez - Angel Face [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Teenage Fanclub - Nothing Lasts Forever [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak LP]
Staind - Confessions Of The Fallen [Limited Edition LP]
Kylie Minogue - Tension [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP]
Chase Atlantic - Beauty In Death: Reissue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Breeders - Last Splash: 30th Anniversary Edition
Denzel Curry - 32 Zel
Ben Goldsmith - The World Between My Ears
Devendra Banhart - Flying Wig [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Blue LP]
Paul Rodgers - Midnight Rose
Andy Taylor - Man's A Wolf To Man
Lil Tecca - TEC
Palms - Palms: 10th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2LP]
Various Artists - More Than A Whisper: Celebrating The Music Of Nanci Griffith
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places [Bone LP]
Yoke Lore - Toward A Never Ending New Beginning
Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fog LP]
Buddy & Julie Miller - In The Throes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Seaglass Blue LP]
Brent Cobb - Southern Star [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
Matteo Bocelli - Matteo
Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing
Slaughter Beach, Dog - Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling
Susan Tedeschi - Just Won't Burn: 25th Anniversary Edition
Neil Young - Harvest Moon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Crystal Clear 2LP]
Jhene Aiko - Sail Out [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch LP]
Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch LP]
Musiq Soulchild - Aijuswanaseing [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch 2 LP]
Ne-Yo - In My Own Words [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch 2 LP]
Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush The Show [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch LP]
Rick Ross - Port Of Miami [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch 2 LP]
Slick Rick - The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch 2 LP]
YG - My Krazy Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch 2 LP]

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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Jason Isbell - Southeastern 10 Year Anniversary Edition

Jason Isbell - Southeastern 10 Year Anniversary Edition - Southeastern Records

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Green Day - Dookie: 30th Anniversary

Green Day - Dookie: 30th Anniversary - Reprise

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Jonas Brothers - The Family Business

Jonas Brothers - The Family Business - Nettwerk Records

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Boy Named Banjo - Dusk

Boy Named Banjo - Dusk - Mercury Nashville

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Steven Wilson - The Harmony Codex

Steven Wilson - The Harmony Codex - Spinefarm

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