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Welcome to October, where new album releases are always treats and only occasionally tricks. The white whale of the indie rock universe, Blue Rev is the much-mythologized third album from Toronto’s Alvvays; to say that it’s worth the wait is a colossal understatement. Reuniting for another set of lopsided-yet-anthemic pop, Into the Blue is the first album in eight years from James Mercer and Danger Mouse’s Broken Bells project. Last year, Courtney Marie Andrews released her first-ever collection of poetry; the prolific Americana singer follows it up this week with Loose Future, recorded in upstate New York. Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman captivated the folk music world with their self-titled debut as Bonny Light Horseman in early 2020; their sophomore effort, Rolling Golden Holy, continues their mission to breathe new life into time-honored tradition.

Philadelphia’s cosmic jazz institution Sun Ra Arkestra revisit classic material and spotlight 98-year-young bandleader Marshall Allen on Living Sky. Adventurous Chicago musician NNAMDÏ melds humor with heartache on Please Have a Seat. Johanna Warren‘s sixth album, Lessons for Mutants, embraces flaws and delivers a warm, organic set recorded in the British countrysde. Despite its modest title, Nothing Special marks the start of a new chapter for longtime Okkervil River leader Will Sheff; fans will immediately recognize his distinctive, intricate songwriting on this solo debut. PRESS PLAY on these new releases below. Listen for spotlights on new records like these (and more) every Friday on the XPN Morning Show and Indie Rock Hit Parade.

Alvvays Blue Rev
CHECK OUT: “Pharmacist” “Easy on Your Own?”

Broken BellsInto the Blue
CHECK OUT: “Saturdays” “Love on the Run”

Courtney Marie AndrewsLoose Future
CHECK OUT: “Satellite” “These Are the Good Old Days”

Bonny Light HorsemanRolling Golden Holy
CHECK OUT: “California” “Sweetbread”

Sun Ra ArkestraLiving Sky
CHECK OUT: “Somebody Else’s Idea” “Chopin”

NNAMDÏ Please Have a Seat
CHECK OUT: “I Don’t Wanna Be Famous” “Dedication”

Johanna WarrenLessons for Mutants
CHECK OUT: “I’d Be Orange” “Tooth for a Tooth”

Will SheffNothing Special
CHECK OUT: “In the Thick of It” “Nothing Special”

FURTHER LISTENING:
A.A. WilliamsAs the Moon Rests, The Bobby LeesBellevue, Bobby Weir & Wolf BrosBobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado Vol. 2, The CultUnder the Midnight Sun, The Cure – Wish (30th Anniversary Edition), DaphniCherry, Disq Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet, Dungen En Är För Mycket och Tusen Aldrig, Fucked UpOberon EP, Gilla BandMost Normal, Ganser Nothing You Do Matters EP, Hugh CornwellMoments of Madness, Indigo SparkeHysteria, King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardIce, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava, Kyle Scott WilsonJourney to the Center of the Egress’ Dream, Open Mike EagleComponent System with the Auto Reverse, The OriellesTableau, Partner Time is a Car EP, Peel Dream MagazinePad, Ruth RadeletThe Other Side EP, The SnutsBurn the Empire, Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret…and Other Stories: Live, SorryAnywhere But Here, Tim BakerThe Festival, WILLOW <COPINGMECHANISM>

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