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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are back with Sticks and Stones, releasing 7/14 via 6ACE Records / Thirty Tigers. This self-produced, honest and emotional new album highlights Nelson's strength as a songwriter and the band's uncompromising commitment to clarity, compassionate tones, and exceptional melodic moments. Lyrically, Sticks and Stones spans the themes of Drinking, Heartbreak, Love, Lying, Hope, Nature, Self-Reflection, Work-Life Balance, Settling Down, Home, Time, Longing and more.

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Sticks and Stones [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Dark Blue w/ White Swirl LP]
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- 20th Anniversary of the release of AFI's Platinum-certified 6th album.

- Only 20,000 copies were pressed on vinyl originally and demand for the title is extremely high and going for a lot of money online.

- One-Time-Pressing for this ThinkIndie Exclusive Edition.

AFI - Sing The Sorrow: 20th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black & Red Pinwheel 2LP]
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If 2021s Sometimes I Might Be Introvert catapulted Simz into the big leagues, crashing into the top 5 of the albums charts, collecting Mercury Music Prize, Mobo, Ivor Novello and Brit Award wins and earning her the biggest live audiences yet in the UK and Europe yet, NO THANK YOU is yet another delicious left field turn for 29-year old Simbiatu Ajikawo. Sleek, succinct and utterly propulsive, its Simz defiantly punk rock, two fingered salute to conformity and fame, and all the expectations and restrictions that come with. Recorded with her regular collaborator Inflo, this is Simz at her most free, daring and spontaneous. In her own words:

'emotion is energy in motion.
honour your truth and feelings.
eradicate fear.
boundaries are important.

Little Simz - No Thank You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red/ Opaque Yellow 2LP]
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A Jason Isbell record always lands like a decoder ring in the ears and hearts of his audience, a soundtrack to his world and magically to theirs, too. Weathervanes carries the same revelatory power. This is a storyteller at the peak of his craft, observing his fellow wanderers, looking inside and trying to understand, reducing a universe to four minutes. He shrinks life small enough to name the fear and then strip it away, helping his listeners make sense of how two plus two stops equaling four once you reach a certain age -- and carry a certain amount of scars.

There is something about boundaries on this record, Isbell says. As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while youre growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself.

Weathervanes is a collection of grown-up songs: Songs about adult love, about change, about the danger of nostalgia and the interrogation of myths, about cruelty and regret and redemption. Life and death songs played for and by grown ass people. Some will make you cry alone in your car and others will make you sing along with thousands of strangers in a big summer pavilion, united in the great miracle of being alive. The record features the rolling thunder of Isbells fearsome 400 Unit, whove earned a place in the rock n roll cosmos alongside the greatest backing ensembles, as powerful and essential to the storytelling as The E Street Band or the Wailers.

They make a big noise, as Isbell puts it, and he feels so comfortable letting them be a main prism through which much of the world hears his art. He can be private but with them behind him he transforms, and there is a version of himself that can only exist in their presence. When he plays a solo show, he is in charge of the entire complicated juggle. On stage with the 400 Unit, he can be a guitar hero when he wants, and a conductor when he wants, and a smiling fan of the majesty of his bandmates when he wants to hang back and listen to the sound.

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Weathervanes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Natural LP]
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As Milky Chance prepare to share the idiosyncratic and inventive alt-pop songs that populate their new album Living In A Haze, they proudly boast over 10 million monthly Spotify listeners, an enviable touring resume (including stops at Coachella and Lollapalooza), and an upcoming schedule of world-trotting 2023 dates featuring the biggest shows of their career. Over the past decade, they've proven themselves to be, in their own low-key way, one of the biggest bands in the world. Their runaway hit debut "Stolen Dance" - which recently surpassed over 1 billion streams on Spotify - gifted Rehbein and Dausch with a platform far beyond what the duo could have imagined. They capitalized on that momentum with their 2014 debut Sadnecessary, which broke them as a global streaming and touring act, and followed that up with 2017's Blossom and 2019's Mind The Moon, which found them taking advantage of new resources to collaborate with heroes like Jack Johnson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. On their independent debut Living In A Haze, Milky Chance thrive on writing the tightest, most groove-forward alt-pop songs imaginable - and then going back and distorting each sound into it's wildest iteration. Recorded at Jazzanova Recording Studios in Berlin with production help from DECCO, Jonas Holle, Tobias Kuhn, and Dennis Neuer as well as guest appearances from Fatoumata Diawara and Charlotte Cardin, Living In A Haze applies the band's endless musical curiosity to the propulsive logic of the best club music while delivering masterful songcraft. There are sublime moments throughout: Album opener and lead single "Living In A Haze" is an economical haymaker of a track that unfolds with an enigmatic logic, going from elegiac triplet guitar figure to a tight, post-Strokes rhythmic feel that provides the ideal musical metaphor to accompany Rehbein's dreamy delivery. Afrobeat rhythms power both "Flicker In The Dark" and "Feeling For You" - on the first providing a canvas on which to liberally splatter earthy acoustic textures and a cartoonishly colorful guitar solo, on the second lending a swiveling counterpoint to a narcotized vocal. And on "History Of Yesterday," Milky Chance marry a UKG shuffle with sunny atmospherics and cascades of reverberating piano to propel the band's breeziest chorus to date. Living In A Haze vibrates with possibility and passion - it's a thrilling juncture for band as they look forward to a heavy touring schedule in 2023 and beyond.
Milky Chance - Living In A Haze [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ocean Blue LP]
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Avenged Sevenfolds new album, Life Is But A Dream is a timeless work of art that blurs genres. Best served as a whole and consumed en masse to truly appreciate its musical breadth and sonic depth, it marks their boldest statement and most revolutionary work to date. Written and recorded over the span of 4 years, it was produced by Joe Barresi and Avenged Sevenfold in Los Angeles and mixed by Andy Wallace in the Poconos, PA. Inspired by Albert Camus The Stranger, the album is a journey through an existential crisis; a very personal exploration into the meaning, purpose and value of human existence with the anxiety of death always looming. Immerse into this experience

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Since their 2012 debut, Protomartyr have mastered the art of evoking place: the grinding Midwest humility of their hometown, as well as the x-rayed elucidation of America that comes with their vantage. The groups sixth album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Jake Aron. The desert is more of a metaphor or symbol, singer Joe Casey says, of emotional deserts, or a place or time that seems to lack life. The growth came from a period of colossal transition for Casey, including the death of his mother. But life does go on, and Casey describes the great theme of Formal Growth In The Desert as an embrace and acknowledgment of that fact: a 12-song testament to getting on with life, even when it feels impossibly hard.
Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
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Provo Utah's The Aces will be releasing their latest studio album "I've Loved You For So Long" via Red Bull Records on 6/2. The 11-track album produced by Keith Varon.

In the years since The Aces released their Billboard& MRc/Luminate Top 10 charting, and acclaimed second album, Under My Influence, in 2020, the band has been on a journey of self-discovery. Faced with the realities of a global pandemic, sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals), and McKenna Petty (bass) used quarantine as a time to reflect, confronting personal mental health issues as well as processing experiences theyd had growing up together in Provo, Utah, as part of the Mormon church. When The Aces returned to the studio, their vision and the honesty and trust between them felt stronger than ever. The result of this growth period is Ive Loved You For So Long, the bands third studio album a sparkling indie-rock record thats by far their most personal and self-assured work to date. Written and executive-produced by the group (along with Keith Varon, the sole producer/collaborator on the project), the album is like time-traveling through their most intimate moments. From tracks that ruminate on mental health and self-sabotage to searing anthems about love, longing, and heartbreak, Ive Love You For So Long is a record thatll work its way into your head and heart and will have you singing along all the way through.

The Aces - I've Loved You For So Long [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Electric Smoke LP]
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More than anything, I wanted to make an album that was generous, that was useful, says Ben Folds. I want you to finish this record with something you didnt have when you started. Indeed, Folds masterful new collection, What Matters Most, isnt so much a statement as it is an offering, an open hand reaching out to all those wounded and bewildered by a world that seems to make less and less sense every day. Recorded in East Nashville with co-producer Joe Pisapia, the album marks Folds first new studio release in eight years, and its a bold, timely, cinematic work, one that examines the tragic and the absurd in equal measure as it reckons with hope and despair, gratitude and loss, identity and perspective. The songs are bittersweet here, hilarious at times, but often laced with a quiet sense of longing and dread: a text message goes unanswered; an old classmate descends into the dark depths of internet conspiracies; a relationship unravels in the middle of a lake. And yet, taken as a whole, the result is an undeniably joyful record that refuses to succumb to the weight of the world around it, an ecstatic reminder of all the beauty and promise hiding in plain sight for anyone willing (and present enough) to recognize their moments as they arrive.

Ben Folds - What Matters Most [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Color LP]
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On Last Man Dancing, Jake Shears turns his lifelong love affair with club culture into his most ambitious pop music to date. The album was brought to vivid life by Jake Shears and a close crew of collaborators, including head-turning features from Kylie Minogue, Jane Fonda, Iggy Pop, Amber Martin, and a pre-Renaissance turn from the iconic Big Freedia.

Jake Shears - Last Man Dancing [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Marble LP]
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Big Star

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Recorded at Ardent Studios and released in 1972, the album has gone on to become one of the most influential and iconic debut albums of all time. This 50th-anniversary edition is pressed on 180-gram metallic gold with purple smoke vinyl and features all-analog mastering by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl. The album has been included in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, with the song Thirteen featured in its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Its been a time of intense, worldwide change over the past few years or maybe it all depends on scale. Zooming out to a geological timeline, maybe not much has changed at all. On his sixth album Wilderness Within You, acclaimed singer/songwriter Parker Millsap explores this flux between the here and now and the big BIG picture, while reckoning with questions about humanitys place on this planet. The result is a study in contrasts: the personal versus the cosmic, sparse acoustic compositions sitting next to lush psychedelic improvisations. Above all, Wilderness Within You is an understanding of darkness while expressing an abundance of gratitude for life itself.

Born and raised in Purcell, Okla., a tiny town with a huge sky, Millsap learned early on how to express gratitude through song while playing gospel in the church band. Long-time fans will recognize the albums foundations acoustic instrumentation and solid songwriting centered around Millsaps show-stopping voice. Theyll also spot the evolution towards more experimentation and sampling from other musical cultures. Beyond the opening Greetings and Thanks, which puts to music The Thanksgiving Address of the indigenous peoples of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy all proceeds from the song will be donated to the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force the album continues on with a series of auditory landscapes and thoughtful insights including Running on Time, which contrasts a sweet message about patience with distorted electronic harmonies. The second half of Wilderness turns darker and moodier with the industrial, buzz-saw Half a World Away, which finds Millsap questioning who murders for my meat? who gets it here from there? At the other end of the sonic spectrum is the beautiful, roots-y title track, a duet with the legendary Gillian Welch. The track illustrates Millsaps understanding of nature as something that humans are not separate from - that life is stunningly beautiful most of the time, but does contain streaks of darkness that are just as natural: Theres a field thats full of violets, theres a bruise thats purple brown / Theres a little bit of violence, and a lot of fertile ground.

In a broader sense, Wilderness Within You poses many weighty questions without easy answers. While Millsap can feel deeply discouraged by the way things are going wrong in the world, especially with the climate crisis, Wilderness Within You is threaded with hope and thankfulness for all we do have. This idea is beautifully etched on Magic, an anthem about the power of paying attention a torch song perfect for listeners to join in and belt along to.

I really do want people to feel the magic, Millsap said, echoing lyrics from the song. Its out there.

Parker Millsap - Wilderness Within You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Maroon LP]
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Mobys second album on Deutsche Grammophon following 2021s Reprise. Digging further into his catalog, Moby has reimagined fifteen of some if his most iconic tracks for his new album, Resound NYC. The album features tracks that he wrote between 1994-2010 while living in New York City, and the new versions feature a vibrant, brass-heavy sound.

Moby - Resound NYC [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Sun Yellow 2 LP]
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The indie variant includesthreeexclusive screen-printed inserts, each inspired by the three acts of ATUM.

The Smashing Pumpkins' highly anticipated twelfth studio album, ATUM (pronounced Autumn) is a three-act rock opera albumfeaturing 33-tracks, and is the sequel to 1995s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000s Machina/Machine of God. ATUM was written and produced by Billy Corgan over the past 4 years. Available on April 21, 2023 on 3xCD, 4xLP, and 4xLP indie-exclusivewhich includesthreeexclusive screen-printed inserts, each inspired by the three acts of ATUM.

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DRAIN the Santa Cruz, CA based hardcore band, whose energetic live shows have propelled them to peak underground popularity (during a globalpandemic) and they are ready to break wide open in 2023.

Living Proof is the bands Epitaph Records debut and follow up to their 2020 breakout release, California Cursed. The new album is a testament to thehard work and heartfelt ethos thats at the center of DRAINs good-time psyche. There are a couple surprises on the album. Rapper Shakewell appearson the track, Intermission. Theres also a cover of Good, Good Things, a nearly four-decade old melodic punk carol by the Descendents: slam-pitforebearers to DRAIN if there ever were any. Its crazy because the songs been out like forty years, but lyrically its a DRAIN song! exclaims vocalistSam Ciaramitaro. It just hits on everything that I love, that Im about.

What Sammys about is plenty wholesome. I hope with this record that when someone hears it, it gives them hope, beams. If we were able to getthrough the tough times, anyone can. I cant wait to play these songs and hear a room full of people singing back to us. Were what the title says, theLiving Proof.

Produced by longtime friend and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Young (Gods Hate, Suicide Silence), then mixed by John Markson (Drug Church, Koyo),this is hardcore for everybody. As the band gets bigger, I try and keep that feeling alive, says the smiling singer. Every night I set up the merch and runit until its time to play. I want to be the guy that everyone says hello to. I want to thank every single kid that comes out for being there.

Drain - Living Proof [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Purple LP]
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Documenting the early days of The Clash, working with Bob Marley, managing The Slits, colliding genres with Big Audio Dynamite: Don Letts appears to have done it all. But theresone thing he hasnt done until now. That changes as Don Letts announces his debut solo album, Outta Sync

A heady cocktail of dub rhythms, island vibes and his own sweetly melodic topline,The irony is that Letts hadnt really intended to make music of his own. Conceived during Covid down time and produced by Gaudi with a bunch of bass lines provided by Youth (The Orb/Killing Joke) that kick-started the whole thing.

The album is chockfull of guest vocalists includingTerry Hall, Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne, The Slits'Hollie Cook, Zoe Devlin Love andHonor Letts, aka Letts second youngest daughter.

So concluded (sort of) Don Letts at the end (nearly) of last years best selling autobiography, There and Black Again. The musician (Big Audio Dynamite kind) DJ (party kind), filmdirector (Grammy winning kind), radio broadcaster (BBC 6Music kind) is finally getting round to the one creative endeavour hes not yet pursued.
Don Letts - Outta Sync [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
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The follow-up to 2015s Just Like You, Coming Home finds the bandexploring its sound, all the while retaining the signature ethosand aesthetic that has won the love and loyalty of its incrediblyinvested fans and followers.

Frontman Ronnie Radke previously told Alternative Press that thealbum is a huge left turn. It sounds like nothing weve ever done.Every song is very vibey. Theres more feeling in it.

He continued, Were challenging ourselves now more than we everhave in the weirdest ways possible, because you would think writingthe craziest solo or riffs would be the challenging part. But thechallenging part is trying to stick to a theme and not go all overthe place like we would normally do.

Falling In Reverse - Coming Home [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
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I was finally able to trust myself fully, says Indigo DeSouza of making her masterful third albumAllof This Will End.Across 11 its songs, the LPis a raw and radically optimistic workthat grapples with mortality, the rejuvenation that community brings, and theimportance of centering yourself now. These tracks come from the most resonantmoments of her life: childhood memories, collecting herself in parking lots,the ecstatic trips spent wandering Appalachian mountains and southern swampswith friends, and the times she had to stand up forherself. All of This Will Endfeels more true tome than anything ever has, she says.

In many ways,All ofThis Will Endhas become a personal motto for Indigo. Every day I wake upwith the thought that this could be the end, she says. You could look at itas a sad thing, or you could look at itas a really precious thing: Today I'malive and at some point, I will not be in this body anymore. But for now, I cando so much with being alive. Theres a peacefulness in acceptance throughout.As she sings onthe title track, Im only loving only moving through andtrying my best / Sometimes its not enough but Im still real and I forgive.She describes the experience of writing this song as magic, as if everythingabout it from the words and melody had felt timeless and intangible and thatshe was just writing it down. Like the hues of reds and oranges that her motherpainted on the LP cover,All of This WillEndmarks awarmer and unmistakably audacious era for her. Its a statementabout fearlessly moving forward from the past into a gratitude-filled present,feeling it all every step of the way, and choosing to embody lovingawareness.

Indigo de Souza - All of This Will End [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Emerald Tower LP]
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PERMANENT.RADIANT is the newest EP from the darkly cinematic duo (Crosses) featuring Chino Moreno of Deftones on vocals and Shaun Lopez on production and instrumentation. This project features the previously released singles Vivien and Sensation, along with the once exclusive vinyl track Day One. Eerie synth arrangements and pulsating percussion culminate in a lush, sprawling soundscape captured throughout this collection of songs. Chino Moreno's lyrics and vocal textures combined with Shaun Lopez's immersive production and sound design create a world that will likely transport anyone who listens to places both familiar and new.

+++ (Crosses) - PERMANENT.RADIANT EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Green Vinyl]
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Guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced the follow-up to the GRAMMY-winning album Mettavolution. In Between ThoughtsA New World is the duos first full-length album in four years. It is a spontaneously composed, yet unified work which brings the same expansion of consciousness that inspired its creation. Self-produced in Ixtapa, Mexico, the album sees Rodrigo y Gabriela building on their original sound to include electronics and orchestral elements.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela - In Between ThoughtsA New World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]
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When Paul Janeway learned he was going to be a father he decided to scribe his thoughts (joy, fear, confusion) as messages to his then-unborn daughter. Those letters became Angels in Science Fiction, the stunning fifth album from St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, it finds the band stretching further out, building on the shadowy psychedelia and intricate, experimental R&B of 2022s The Alien Coast. Indie Exclusive Black & White LP.

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LIGHT THE MATCH! Setting the scene ablaze, the rough and rowdy Overkill have reappeared to bludgeon your ears with their twentieth, that's right, twentieth studio album: SCORCHED. For over 3 and a half decades their bottom-line crazy method of thrash has produced some of the most signature moments in the world of metal. Now in the latter half of their career, all the experience is showing face with SCORCHED as it somehow rings more mature, refined, and embellished with hints of more than just thrash metal. Splatter vinyl
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Produced by Sean Ono Lennon and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Beach House, Spoon, The Flaming Lips) , Temples fourth full-length album takes place in an impossibly utopic island dreamed up by the four band members. With its resplendent collage of psychedelia, krautrock and time-bending dream-pop, Exotico brings that world to life in crystalline detail, all while exploring an entire spectrum of existential themes: impermanence, mortality, our connection with nature and the wild immensity of the mind.

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Feist will release Multitudes the 11-time Juno Award-winning artists sixth full-length album and first release since 2017s critically acclaimed Pleasure on April 14, 2023 via Interscope Records. Multitudes took shape soon after the birth of Feists daughter and the sudden death of her father. Amid meditations on mortality, connection and the frenetic state of the human condition, Multitudes ultimately radiates an ineffable sense of hope. Indie Exclusive Clear LP.
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72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told who we are by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.

-James Hetfield

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The Wood Brothers have learned to trust their hearts. For the better part of two decades, they've cemented their reputation as freethinking songwriters, road warriors, and community builders, creating a catalog of diverse music and a loyal audience whove grown alongside them through the years. That evolution continues with Heart is the Hero, the band's eighth studio album. Recorded analog to 16-track tape, this latest effort finds its three creators embracing the chemistry of their acclaimed live shows by capturing their performances in real-time direct from the studio floor with nary a computer in sight. An acoustic-driven album that electrifies, Heart is the Hero is stocked with songs that target not only the heart, but the head and hips, too.

"We love records that come from the era of less tracks and more care," explains co-founder Oliver Wood. "When you use a computer during the tracking process, you have an infinite number of tracks at your disposal, which implies that nothing is permanent, and everything can be fixed. Tape gives you limitations that force you to be creative and intentional. You don't look at the music on a screen; you listen to it, and you learn to focus on the feeling of the performance.

Throughout Heart is the Hero, those performances are matched by the visceral storytelling and songwriting chops that have turned The Wood Brothers into Grammy-nominated leaders of American roots music, even as their music reaches far beyond the genre's borders. The stripped-down swagger of "Pilgrim'' underscores Oliver's reminder to slow down and experience each moment as an interactive observer, rather than a passive tourist. A similar theme anchors Between the Beats," where Oliver draws upon a meditation technique maintaining one's focus on the space between heartbeats to reach a new level of presence. The gentle sway of country soul gem Rollin On, featuring horns by Matt Glassmeyer and Roy Agee, expounds on the time-honored tradition of love as the guiding light through darkness, while Mean Man World" finds Chris Wood singing about his responsibilities as a father whose young daughter is poised to inherit an uncertain future. "Line Those Pockets'' is a universal call for mercy and understanding over materialism. "Everybody's just trying to be happy, so put your money away; line those pockets with grace," the band sings in three-part harmony during the song's chorus, which emphasizes compassion over cash as the world's true currency. Together, these songs offer a snapshot of a spirited, independent-minded group at the peak of its powers, always pushing forward and seeking to evolve beyond whats come before.

"There's still acoustic guitar, upright bass, and percussion on this album things people use all the time but we're always thinking, 'How can we make this sound like us, but not like something we've already done?'" Oliver says. "Sometimes, the only way to do that is to get weird.

That sense of exploration pumps its way through Heart is the Hero like lifeblood. Arriving on the heels of 2019's Live at The Fillmore, 2020's Kingdom In My Mind, and Oliver Wood's solo album Always Smilin' all of which were released on Honey Jar Records, the band's independent label Heart is the Hero is bold, bright, and singularly creative, a fully realized collective effort ultimately greater than the sum of its parts. Perhaps that's to be expected from a group whose willingness to experiment has earned acclaim from Rolling Stone and NPR, as well as an annual touring schedule of sold-out music halls and theaters on both sides of the Atlantic. Ask The Wood Brothers, though, and they'll tell you to expect the unexpected.

"We are never satisfied if we are not searching for new musical recipes," says Jano Rix, nodding to the uncharted territory that Heart is the Hero covers. Chris Wood agrees, adding, "We are one of those bands that isn't easily categorized. We know what our strengths are, but we cant help but push the envelope, as well. Its too much fun."

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The Valley of Vision is a 27-minute, breakthrough salvo of six songs that finds the band re-inspired once again, & is accompanied by an album length film shot in VR + 3D computed radiography technology. Andy Hull was inspired to start writing the record while rummaging around in his suitcase looking for his lyric notebook & instead foundThe Valley of Vision, a 1975 book of old Puritan prayers his mom had given to him the previous Christmas. Capital Karma is the first new music from the project.

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After seven years, Daughter are back a generational band with well over 1 billion streams across three records. Since their debut in 2013, Elena Tonras intimate, crushingly honest lyrics have been a lifeline for the bands fans, whilst also finding a gateway to the likes of alternative giants Phoebe Bridgers and Bon Iver. Be On Your Way is warmly optimistic in tone, finding a lightness in Tonras poetry, whilst still desperately evoking an emotional resonance unmatched in the alternative space.

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Ever since their emergence in early 2016 HMLTD, avid advocates of the Gesamtkunstwerk, have always striven to give audiences more. On their wildly ambitious second album, they are realising these aims on a truly epic scale.Created over the course of two years with a cast of 47 musicians including a gospel choir and a 16-piece string orchestra The Worm is less a concept album than a fully-fledged musical universe, transcending genre and medium. Set in a disorienting anachronistic version of Medieval England as steeped in dystopian sci-fi fantasy as it is folklore and Old English mythology its part political polemic, part deeply moving psychological journey.Though always admired for their defiantly genre-agnostic approach, The Worm sees HMLTD pushing sonic experimentation to a whole new level, from dissonant free jazz riffing to vintage soul and English folk fusions to rock opera. Major musical touchpoints included Stravinskys Rite Of Spring, Pink Floyd and Nina Simones rendition of Sinnerman and references for the world of The Worm included 14th century texts The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron, Aleksey Germans 2013 sci-fi film Hard To Be A God, Bergmans The Seventh Seal, Tarkovskys Andrei Rublev and the hopeful narrative arc of 90s mecha anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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Formed in 2003, The Hold Steady have released eight albums, numerous singles and played over 1000 shows. Their 9th studio album The Price of Progress will be released on 3/31 via their label, Positive Jams. The new album comes as the band turns 20 years old. It is their third record with producer Josh Kaufman, and most expansive record yet, while also being unmistakably a THS record. The band wrote these songs mostly in 2021, and a few have been part of recent live shows. Craig Finn says These are some of the most cinematic songs in The Hold Steady catalog, and the record was a joy to make. I feel like we went somewhere we havent before, which is a very exciting thing for a band that is two decades in.

The Brooklyn-based band has performed in all 50 states in the USA and throughout Canada, Europe and Australia. The Hold Steady music has appeared across movies, advertising and TV, including on Game Of Thrones and Billions, in addition to writing original material for Seth Meyers cartoon The Awesomes and Meyers 2019 stand-up comedy special Lobby Baby.

Released in early 2021, The Hold Steadys most recent record Open Door Policy, achieved the bands highest chart position of any album, debuting #6 on the Billboard Current Album Chart. Vulture gushed the record expands their horizons, and gives the Hold Steady new heft and variety without undercutting the sharpness of the hooks or singer-guitarist Craig Finns heart-wrenching novelistic lyricism.

The 20th Anniversary of The Hold Steady will see an expanded collection of activities and music release to celebrate the milestone with fans. Year five of The Weekender, The Hold Steadys annual visit to the UK with a 3-night stop in London, occurs March 10-12, 2023.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards, vocals), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).
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