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Sierra Ferrell | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen, courtesy of the artist

This week’s newly released albums are just the pick-me-up (pick-you-up?) you need to make it through the late summer. XPN Artist to Watch (and upcoming XPNFest guest) Sierra Ferrell makes her debut with Long Time Coming, an expert fusion of bluegrass, jazz, and charming songwriting. Following up the massive success of 2017’s Melodrama, Lorde issues the glimmering Solar Power, bursting with energy and sonic adventurousness. Recent Free at Noon guest Conor O’Brien releases the ambitious Fever Dreams, his latest album as Villagers. Continuing her busy year, Angel Olsen puts her spin on a handful of ’80s classics on the Aisles EP.

After two installments of the catalog-revising Cuttin’ Grass series, Sturgill Simpson resumes his heady storytelling ways on The Ballad of Dood and Juanita. Oakland garage mainstays Shannon & the ClamsYear of the Spider is a collision of punk energy and heart-rending soul. A decade after their last release (and following the recent deaths of their producer and founding saxophonist), Kool & the Gang reflect on 60 years of funk with Perfect Union. Having recently announced her retirement, Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson goes out with a bang (and some help from Joan Jett) on her final album, Encore. PRESS PLAY on these new releases below…

Sierra FerrellLong Time Coming
WE LOVE: “In Dreams” “Why’d Ya Do It” “The Sea”

Lorde Solar Power
WE LOVE: “Solar Power” “Mood Ring”

Villagers Fever Dreams
WE LOVE: “The First Day” “So Simpatico”

Angel OlsenAisles EP
WE LOVE: “Safety Dance” “Eyes Without a Face”

Sturgill SimpsonThe Ballad of Dood and Juanita
WE LOVE: “Played Out” “Go in Peace”

Shannon & the ClamsYear of the Spider
WE LOVE: “Midnight Wine” “Year of the Spider”

Kool & the GangPerfect Union
WE LOVE: “Pursuit of Happiness” “Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours)”

Wanda JacksonEncore
WE LOVE: “That’s What Love Is” “Two Shots”

EXTENDED PLAYS…

Anderson EastMaybe We Never Die, Badge EpochScroll, Cartel MadrasThe Serpent & the Tiger, Dave Cope and the SassPied Piper, David Duchovny – Gestureland, Dawes Nothing is Wrong (10th Anniversary Edition), Deafheaven Infinite Granite, Debbie GibsonThe Body Remembers, Eric HiltonCeremony, Fellwalker Love is the Means, Fleece Stunning and Atrocious, Ginger RootCity Slicker EP, girlpuppy Swan EP. Jake BuggSaturday Night, Sunday Morning, James McMurtryThe Horses and the Hounds, Joe TroopBorrowed Time, The Joy FormidableInto the Blue, Justus Proffit – Speedstar, L.A. ExesGet Some, Maggie RoseHave a Seat. Martha WainwrightLove Will Be Reborn. Martin Gore The Third Chimpanzee Remixed. Sam WilliamsGlasshouse Children, Tropical F*ck StormDeep States, Various Artists – The Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2, Vivien GoldmanNext is Now, Warp TrioWarp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy 

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