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As we head into this holiday weekend, the cosmos has graciously given us a week to digest not only chocolate bunnies and bitter herbs, but also the overabundance of new albums that came out last week. That’s not to say that the handful of releases out today are anything to sneeze at, springtime allergies be damned. Philly mainstay Kurt Vile makes his major label debut with (watch my moves), an expertly woodsy rocker for Verve Records. For her first album in seven years, Jewel pays tribute to the Muscle Shoals sound on Freewheelin’ Woman. Also making their return after more than half a decade with Don’t Let the Sunlight Fool Ya, New York ska revivalists The Slackers have lost none of their party energy.

Joel Ross’s The Parable of the Poet is an ambitious and spiritual suite from the jazz vibraphonist. Cursive’s Tim Kasher gets reflective on Middling Age, his fourth solo LP. Jenn Wasner showcases demos, live performances, and outtakes on Head of Roses: Phantom Limb, a deluxe edition of her latest Flock of Dimes album. Another Philly favorite, Alex G, composed original songs and score for Jane Schoenbrun’s technological horror film, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair. PRESS PLAY on these new releases (and a bunch of new EPs) below…

Kurt Vile(watch my moves)
CHECK OUT:“Like Exploding Stones” “Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)”

JewelFreewheelin’ Woman
CHECK OUT: “Dancing Slow (feat. Train)” “Living with Your Memory”

The SlackersDon’t Let the Sunlight Fool Ya
CHECK OUT: “Don’t Let the Sunlight Fool Ya” “Hanging On”

Joel RossThe Parable of the Poet
CHECK OUT: “PRAYER” “DOXOLOGY (Hope)”

Tim KasherMiddling Age
CHECK OUT: “I Don’t Think About You (feat. Megan Siebe)” “Forever of the Living Dead (feat. Laura Jane Grace + Jeff Rosenstock)”

Flock of DimesHead of Roses: Phantom Limb
CHECK OUT: “It Just Goes On” “Go with Good”

Alex GWe’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
CHECK OUT: “Main Theme” “End Song”

Marian Hillwhy can’t we just pretend?
CHECK OUT: “SPINNIN (feat. Kemba + Steve Davit)” “little bit (feat. GASHI)”

FURTHER LISTENING:
The Crystal MethodThe Trip Out, Dave Brubeck TrioLive From Vienna 1967, Edgar WinterBrother Johnny, Evan J Cartwrightbit by bit, GraeWhiplash, High PulpPursuit of Ends, James KrivcheniaBlood Karaoke, Jerry PaperFree Time, , La NeveHistory Solved EP, The Loud Family and Anton BarbeauWhat If It Works? (Reissue), M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (10th Anniversary Reissue), Mal BlumAin’t it Nice EP, Peach Kelli PopHardcovers EP, RushMoving Pictures (40th Anniversary Edition), Swedish House MafiaParadise Again, TyphoonUnderground Complex 1 EP

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