Published Sep 17, 2013Within the past week Nicki Minaj was sued for copyright infringement, Kanye West was charged with battery and grand theft and Sky Ferreira and Zachary Cole Smith were arrested on drug and traffic charges. Although it has evidently been a rough week for musicians, many more (read: most of them) are doing just fine, especially those who dropped new albums today. Check out the latest edition of our New Release Roundup for reviews of albums by artists who have probably had a better past few days than Nicki and Kanye, and see if what we have to say will brighten their day or dampen their spirits. Then, head over to our Recently Reviewed section for evens more reviews of the latest musical releases.
First up, electro-pop weirdos MGMT have released their psychedelic, self-titled third album on Columbia Records. The album finds the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser heading ever further away from the straightforward pop of their breakthrough debut Oracular Spectacular. But does this shift work in their favour? Read our review to find out.
Canadian indie-folk vets the Sadies have earned the elusive Exclaim! 10/10 with their latest release Internal Sounds, while Hamilton-based R&B singer Jessy Lanza holds her own with a very solid debut effort, Pull My Hair Back.
Next up, lo-fi indie pioneers Sebadoh have made a statement return to music with Defend Yourself, their first full-length album to be released in since 1999's The Sebadoh. Elsewhere, Vancouver quintet Said the Whale sound slightly more restless than usual on hawaiii, exploring new territory outside their indie-pop niche.
Finally, Toronto art-rockers the Darcys cover a lot of new ground on their third LP to date, Warring. The album finds the Darcys entering into a more experimental phase, as the band demonstrate a willingness to explore a number of sonically diverse ideas.
Be sure to check out some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic