September’s best metal albums feature Autopsy re-affirming death metal sovereignty, City of Caterpillar’s return to off-kilter post-hardcore after 20 years, and so much more.
The Bad Plus makes a convincing case for the new lineup and puts the quartet’s vitality on full display and injects modern jazz with that same Bad Plus edge.
The Liar suggests Americana’s John Fullbright understands the transcendent reality provided through music. The line between reality and lies is murky.
Office Culture sing of love, sadness, and city life on Big Time Things, buoyed by a four-piece combination that locks in with a unique brand of art-pop.
Texas’ Sunny Sweeney moves to Nashville and goes into mainstream country, as Married Alone reveals her proud independence and the price she pays for it.
IndieMatters highlights the best indie releases from rising artists in September, featuring Booter, Francis Lung, Well Wisher, Nisa, Ailsa Tully, Hana Stretton, and Catrin Vincent.
Jockstrap’s experimental pop makes their debut I Love You Jennifer a bewildering yet rewarding listen. Jockstrap play with expectations to keep listeners on their toes.
The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra hearkens back to Sun Ra’s big band roots and his determination to create a genuine exploration of otherworldly space.
Having only put out five albums in the past two decades, Beth Orton’s Weather Alive embraces her electro-folk past while embracing a weathered, gorgeous future.
Julian Lage’s sound has the warmth of Joe Pass, the bite of Les Paul, and the dexterity of both, as exemplified by View With a Room.