Several established artists are choosing to release their latest albums this week, but don’t worry; there’s some fresh blood in the mix, too! There is also some solid variation in the types of music being released, and we all know that variety is the spice of life, right?

Brandi CarlileThe Firewatcher’s Daughter
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile brings energy and beautifully precise harmonies to her fifth studio album, which reflects her growth and maturity in both lyrical content and the complex arrangement of her music.

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Cannibal OxBlood of the Ronin
When rappers Vast Aire and Vordul Mega teamed up as Cannibal Ox in 2001 to make The Cold Vein, it became an instant classic in underground hip hop. Now, 14 years and one successful Kickstarter campaign later, they’re back. Expect greatness once again.

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Kelly ClarksonPiece by Piece
If you’re looking for pop, Kelly Clarkson is releasing her latest, and it ventures into the realms of EDM and R&B at points, though the centerpiece of the album will be (as always) her powerful voice.

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Lady Lamb After
Lady Lamb, formerly Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, makes indie-rock music that is dreamy but poignant. Her latest album finds her more comfortable with who she is as she opens up about the things that define her.

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday
The former Oasis frontman is releasing his second solo album, and Gallagher’s classic riffs are sure to appeal to longtime fans (like Melissa) and new fans alike.

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Of MontrealAureate Gloom
The experimental rock group/indie mainstay is releasing their lucky thirteenth album, and it’s sure to please diehard fans. Kevin Barnes and company take on ’70s glam rock and deliver a solid set of meticulously crafted tracks.

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Purity RingAnother Eternity
Purity Ring’s follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Shrines, finds the Canadian duo hearkening back to their unique brand of future pop. Maybe now that it is the future, it’s just pop? Either way, listeners will surely find new inspiration in the group’s flighty delicacy.

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SoKoMy Dreams Dictate My Reality
French singer SoKo is releasing a follow-up to her 2012 debut, and the quirky indie-rocker has enlisted the help of LA’s own Ariel Pink for a few of the album’s tracks.

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Steven WilsonHand. Cannot. Erase.
Although he’s best known for his work with Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson has had a storied solo career as well. Now he is releasing solo album number four, which is a concept album about a woman living in a large city whose death goes unnoticed by her family and friends. Heavy? Yes, but beautiful nonetheless.

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TuxedoTuxedo
What do you get when you combine Mayer Hawthorne’s blue-eyed soul with Jake One’s on-point production? A very classy affair indeed. Tuxedo is the duo’s collaborative effort, and if their lead single “Do It” is any indication, the album will be delivering straight funk from beginning to end.

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