New Music Monday: Imagine Dragons, Leviathan, Juliana Hatfield Three and More!!

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Happy Monday music maniacs! LIke new stuff? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Each week all sorts of audiolicious goodies are unleashed onto the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I’ll tell ya what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a waste of your time. Thanks for stopping by!

The Big News!
Surprise! New Imagine Dragons! Their first since their massive 2012 debut, Night Visions. Music OMH says the album “sounds like the product of a severe case of musical attention deficit disorder, as genres are spliced and mashed together like a hurriedly-assembled playlist.” That’s a pretty apt description, but it doesn’t matter. You’re going to hear this record and see this band everywhere this year.

Indie Magic
Returning after three years of silence, the mighty and mysterious A Place to Bury Strangers offer up their fourth full length, Transfixiation. I’ve always loved this band, and this Slant review, which claims that the new record “boasts the band’s most layered and infectious songs to date”, has me very excited to hear this new one.

Sonic alchemist Ben Chasney and his Six Organs of Admittance drone their way back into existence with a “whirlwind of dreamy noise and harsh mellows that follow their own internal logic” called Hexadic. So says NPR. He’s also developed some new way to make music based on poker cards or something like that.

Whitehorse, a Canadian folk outfit featuring Melissa Mclelland and one of my favorite songwriters, Luke Doucet, release their third Civil Wars-y full length, Leave No Bridge Unburned.


A great Luke Doucet song!!

Metal Mania
The new offering from Portland based American black metal one man outfit Leviathan, Scar Sighted, is, thus far the most controversial release of the year. This Pitchfork review spends five paragraphs discussing the complicated backstory behind the record before even mentioning the music. That said, the review goes on to say that Scar Sighted is “as strange and surprising as anything Whitehead has ever made.”

Legendary Legends
Kate Pierson, one of the founders of the B-52’s, unveils her debut solo release, Guitars and Microphones.

Steve Earle and the Dukes release Terraplane, a blues album.

After a 22 year hiatus, Juliana Hatfield reunites her classic Juliana Hatfield Three trio for a new record everyone’s excited about. It’s called Whatever, My Love, and Consequence of Sound claims that the record “doesn’t sound like a band that took two decades off… but instead like one that never split.”

My Recommendation
I have to admit, I’m most excited to hear the new Juliana Hatfield, but I’m also very interested in this new thing from this band Mourn, a bunch of Spanish brats that Pitchfork was raving about the other day.

Next Week
Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from Big Sean and Kid Rock!!

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