Check the calendar: It’s another audio Friday, with tons of songs for you to buy or stream. Feed those headphone cravings with something using this menu of albums released today, October 16th.
Today’s biggest technology is Demi Lovato’s fifth solo album, Confident. Demi already incorporates a hit on her behalf hands using the Max Martin-produced “Cool to the Summer.” Can she stick to it up with a substantial album? Time to learn.
Deerhunter are among the best torchbearers left for album-length indie rock. They return from a two-year break with Fading Frontier, recorded into their hometown of Atlanta. “No one spaces out genuinely Atlanta shoegazers, masters of distracted guitar poesy,” writes Jon Dolan.
Omi scored an important radio smash in 2010 with his fun-loving pop-reggae single “Cheerleader.” Now he’s taking his best swing with a full-length debut with Me 4 U. Unfortunately, Annie Licata writes that he’s just about ready for primetime.
Canadian duo Majical Cloudz have attracted a stable following making use of their intense, spare, emotional music. They take that sound to some bigger canvas than previously on Are You Alone?, with compelling results, says Will Hermes.
Chillwave pioneer Alan Palomo, a.k.a. Neon Indian, is back with VEGA INTL. Night School. Renato Pagnani writes the are Palomo’s sleekest, most accessible songs yet.
A cappella stars Pentatonix, a.k.a. PTX, bring their sweet harmonies to your stereo using their fourth studio LP, Pentatonix (to never be confused with 2014’s PTX or PTX, Vols. 1 & 2). This is their first album to pay attention to original compositions as opposed to covers. Brittany Spanos writes about whether their big gambit works.
Eclectic Atlanta rapper Raury has attracted his justifiable share of fans and doubters before even releasing an effective debut album. All We Need is his first studio LP, along with a moment of truth for any person who’s still creating their mind on him.
Punk fans could have seen Hether Fortune rocking on bass during White Lung’s ferocious tour not too long ago. Fortune’s back together with her own new-wave/death-disco project Wax Idols now, and her new album American Tragic is when she truly makes her own, writes Rob Sheffield.
Art-pop crew YACHT have used some creative methods to get your message out regarding their new album, I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, including a music video whose release was governed by Uber surge rates in Los Angeles. (Don’t worry, you don’t need to use Uber to be controlled by their new album.) Jon Dolan writes regarding dystopic (or possibly that utopian?) vision into the future.
Coheed and Cambria should be known for their epic multi-album conceptual opus The Amory Wars – however new one, The Color Before the Sun, is simply straight-up rock album, without any connection to any larger storyline, with the first time ever.
Dance-punk party-starters !!! (pronounced “chk-chk-chk”) will still be shake-shake-shaking on their own six-six-sixth album, As If.
Cleveland’s Machine Gun Kelly drops his second album on Bad Boy, General Admission, today. Come on in!