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Reigning Sound, Shattered (Out July 15 via Merge Records)
If you're familiar with the Reigning Sound, then there aren't many surprises on Shattered: soulful garage-rock done better than everybody else who's doing it, recorded this go-round at Daptone Records' Brooklyn studio. If you aren't familiar with the Reigning Sound, fix that. MS

John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender (Out July 15 via New West Records)
The inquisitive emissaries of an all-American police state make their presence known during the chilling "Wind Don't Have to Hurry," one of the self-penned tunes John Hiatt sings on Terms of My Surrender, and Hiatt performs it like a man who has decided that the best way to stay out of sight of those ambassadors of freedom is to hunker down with his collection of Little Johnny Taylor and Sonny Boy Williamson albums. An abstract blues song that mentions habeas corpus, "Wind Don't Have to Hurry" is the darkest, most pessimistic tune on Terms — producer Doug Lancio adds sharp electric-guitar licks to Hiatt's post-Furry Lewis meditations on time and busted relationships, while Hiatt brilliantly reworks singer-songwriter tropes on "Come Back Home." EH

Landlady, Upright Behavior (Out July 15 via Hometapes)
Led by Those Darlins collaborator and friend-of-Nashville Adam Schatz, Landlady makes big, bold, ambitious art rock. Genuine and grandiose, Upright Behavior is chock-full of big concepts and even bigger hooks that will get your head spinning in just the right way. SLM

Don Flemons, Prospect Hill (Out July 22 via Music Maker Relief Foundation) Worth owning for former Carolina Chocolate Drop Don Flemons' surreal, hilarious ode to Prince's Hot Chicken alone, Prospect Hill is the slick-pickin', hip-swingin' party record that folk music needs right now. With originals as hot as his taste in traditionals, Flemons delivers a perfect slice of jazzy, bluesy folk fun. SLM

White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent (Out July 22 via Drag City)
For the Recently Found Innocent is the first White Fence release recorded outside of a bedroom, so it isn't dripping in the twee that often paints the Fence. There are still plenty lo-fi garage-pop sensibilities, plus a couple hefty psych-rock numbers, all of which I can dig. MS

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye (Out July 29 via Warner Bros./Reprise)
You can probably listen to this one with your dad, but don't call it dad rock. The unstoppable Heartbreakers shine in a production that recalls the best parts of the Jimmy Iovine albums and the Jeff Lynne albums, and Petty's poison snarl — this time aimed mostly at politicians — finds its mark more accurately than it has in years. ST

Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty (Out July 29 via Sub Pop Records)
Modern hip-hop is at no loss for lyrics referencing, condoning and ultimately deriving the bulk of their appeal from the nonstop promotion of drugs and other love. Shabazz Palaces is among the few that let the chemicals do the talking through dizzying, minimal and hazy lysergic soundscapes over which the Seattle duo's chillaxed-yet-aggressive, methodical delivery flows effortlessly through this sprawling 18-track odyssey. SG 

Jenny Lewis, The Voyager (Out July 29 via Warner Bros.)
Six years gone since the release of her last solo record, Jenny Lewis returns to the spotlight with a smartly grounded pop album and the assertion that she is "not the same woman" she used to be. True to her word, Lewis plots her comeback record with more sadness and regret than her Rilo Kiley roots ever approached, trading out cutesy robots in love for the harsh existential realities of growing up and growing apart. LC

Spoon, They Want My Soul (Out Aug. 5 via Loma Vista)
Making danceable, somewhat edgy pop records with auteur producers like Dave Fridmann, who worked on much of this album, is like riding a bicycle for Spoon (a band that has been on hiatus since 2012). For a group with Spoon's grip on songcraft, there's always potential for a massive single, and while beating "The Underdog" isn't likely to ever happen, opener/first single "The Rent I Pay" and the title track are strong contenders. ST


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