AYRON JONES – CHILD OF THE STATE
Blues-rock singer and guitarist, Ayron Jones has just released his third album (Child of the State), and first for a major label. The Seattle-based guitarist is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Cream, and has opened for a diverse roster of artists from Guns N’ Roses and Living Colour to Lamb of God and Slipknot to Janelle Monáe and Public Enemy.
Stream • Big Machine/John Varvatos • 2021
LORD HURON – LONG LOST
Lord Huron‘s two previous albums (2015’s Strange Trails and 2018’s Vide Noir) both peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Rock charts. After the first two singles from their latest album, Long Lost, quickly racked up 2.5 million streams, the band seem poised to have their first #1 rock album. (The two aforementioned albums both went to #1 on the Billboard’s Folk charts). Long Lost‘s lead single, “Not Dead Yet”, has become the band’s very first #1 single.
Stream • Republic • 2021
MONSTER MAGNET – A BETTER DYSTOPIA
Monster Magnet‘s latest LP, A Better Dystopia, is a covers album. The album is loaded with psych rock covers of obscure bands like Josephus, Poo-Bah, Morgen, and Table Scraps to name a few.
Stream • Napalm Records • 2021
GARY NUMAN – INTRUDER
Two years after announcing he’d begun recording a new album, experimental electronic music pioneer, Gary Numan, has delivered Intruder. Previous album, 2017’s Savage (Songs from a Broken World), contained a post apocalyptic narrative. This time around, Intruder furthers that vision by suggesting Earth will one day fight back and attempt to get rid of the parasites that are human beings.
Stream • BMG • 2021
POP EVIL – VERSATILE
Pop Evil‘s highly anticipated new album, Versatile, has arrived and it brought with it their sixth #1 rock song (“Breathe Again”).
Stream • Entertainment One • 2021
REIGNING SOUND – A LITTLE MORE TIME WITH REIGNING SOUND
A Little More Time with Reigning Sound is the first new album from Memphis-based Reigning Sound in seven years, and the first with their original lineup since 2004’s Too Much Guitar.
Stream • Merge Records • 2021
twenty øne piløts – SCALED AND ICY
Scaled and Icy is the sixth LP from Columbus, OH pop-rock duo, twenty øne piløts. The album contains their eight #1 single, “Shy Away”. The duo’s previous album, Trench, featured a fictional character named “Clancy”. Scaled and Icy is an anagram of “Clancy is dead”.
Stream • Fueled by Ramen/Elektra • 2021
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – ZII EP
The Devil Wears Prada‘s ZII (Zombie II) EP is the sequel to 2010’s Zombie EP. ZII furthers the apocalyptic imagery begun on the first EP, with additional inspiration taken from the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Stream • Solid State • 2021
L.A. RATS – I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE
Nikki Sixx and Rob Zombie have teamed up with guitarist John 5 and drummer Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath) to form L.A. Rats.
Their first release is a cover of Geoff Mack’s 1959 hit, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” which they did for the soundtrack for the new Liam Neeson Netflix movie, The Ice Road.
Stream • Big Machine • 2021
MANNEQUIN PUSSY – PERFECT EP
In 2019, Mannequin Pussy released the acclaimed Patience, which Pitchfork assigned the Best New Music tag and declared it “one of the best punk rock records of the year”. Despite having a name that probably can’t/shouldn’t be uttered on radio or network television, the band are making a name for themselves. Three of their songs have been performed in the HBO limited series, Mare of Easttown.
The Philly band has released the Perfect EP to satiate us while we await the follow up to Patience.
Stream • Epitaph Records • 2021