10th Letter – Corpus Animus (self-released)
Jeremi Johnson, the man behind 10th Letter, is an Atlanta-based artist, performer, producer and graphic designer. Johnson states that, “the music he creates is meant to be a transportive piece that could give you an outer body experience, all while making your head nod uncontrollably.” Get all the details on the Jeremi Johnson, buy merch and stay up-to-date on all the latest with 10th Letter’s website.
La Roux – Trouble in Paradise (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Elly Jackson, also known as La Roux, is a British synth pop artist. La Roux is best known for the 2009 mega-hit “Bulletproof.” Trouble in Paradise is the Jackson’s second studio album via Cherrytree/Interscope. This highly anticipated sophomore album features 9 new songs and is being released in the middle of a tour throughout the U.K., with a few stops in California. Check out more on the artist and get your copy of the new album on La Roux’s website.
Braid – No Coast (Topshelf)
Originally formed in 1993, Braid earned quite a bit of notoriety throughout the early to mid 1990′s until they took a hiatus in 1999, only to reform in 2004. Despite their 5 year break, No Coast represents the 8th album for the Illinois emo/post-hardcore band. The year 2011 was a big year for the group as they released their most recent LP and played their 600th show together. Learn more about Braid and get your copy of No Coast on Braid’s website.
Magic Man – Before the Waves (Columbia/DMZ)
Magic Man is a New England-based band that was formed by 2 childhood friends, while they traveled abroad through France. Recently, the group earned some momentum in the alternative scene with their song “Paris.” On July 8th, the band will kick off their headlining tour for the first time ever. While they aren’t heading as far south as us, you can still check out Magic Man’s website for more information about the upcoming tour and to preview some of their music before you purchase the album.
Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear (RCA)
Sia has earned a name for herself as a co-writer for artists like Beyonce, Katy Perry and Rhianna, but this album is all about Sia. Despite her star-studded network, the 12 track album doesn’t feature any cameos by other artists- it’s purely Sia. In a recent interview, she admitted that she was originally hesitant about releasing another solo album, going on to explain, “I already have a much larger concept for this album and for how I’m going to present it and that was: I don’t want to be famous.” Check out Sia’s website for more information and to order the album.
Islander – Violence & Destruction (Victory)
Islander is a four-piece alternative band that hails from Greenville, South Carolina. The guys of Islander have been hard at work touring and sharing the stage with the likes of: Flyleaf, The Chariot, As I Lay Dying, Close Your Eyes and many more. You can catch them LIVE at The 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Lakewood Amphitheatre on August 8th. Or you can check out Islander’s facebook for more information.
Jon Allen – Deep River (Ok! Good Records)
Winchester-native Jon Allen lives in London, but his music travels far beyond his homeland. Allen has been working in the music industry for years and earned himself some fame as an acclaimed singer and songwriter. The twelve tracks on Deep River can all be described as catchy Sixties-inflected rock, soul, and country blues. While it doesn’t look like Jon Allen will be touring on this side of the pond anytime soon, it’s still a great album worth checking out. Get all the details on this British artist on Jon Allen’s website.