The Mountain Goats' latest is a gothic-themed concept album, a foray into the world of guitar-less music, and one of the greatest testaments to John Darnielle's chops as a storyteller.
On their third studio album Renaissance, The Underachievers still have great fundamentals and chemistry, but much of the time it sounds like they're on autopilot.
Young Thug delivers his most melodic and pop-friendly project yet with Beautiful Thugger Girls.
Queens of the Stone Age's previous album, ...Like Clockwork, was one of the best rock albums the year it came out, and arguably the band's most downbeat and sobering release to date. But things are slated to take a poppy turn with the Mark Ronson-produced Villains, coming out August 25. I think he and QOTSA jell pretty well on this lead single, but you be the judge.
In 2015, Chelsea Wolfe released her heaviest record to date, Abyss, and judging from "16 Psyche" here, it seems things are only going to get heavier and darker on her next record, Hiss Spun. A doom metal album recorded by Chelsea Wolfe and Kurt Ballou? That's a wet nightmare come true! Hiss Spun will drop September 22 via Sargent House.
Chillwave spearhead Washed Out ventures in a digable nu-disco direction on new single "Hard to Say Goodbye." It's taken from his upcoming visual album Mister Mellow, out June 30 via Stones Throw.
Australia's Kirin J Callinan delivers one of this year's most colorfully eccentric pop records with Bravado.