So since I've posted, I've been sitting with Paramore's After Laughter a lot. I have to say, they really tricked me into thinking they were going to come out with something really ground breaking for their career and then when it actually came out, I was totally uninspired and bored. There are only four good songs on the album however, they are worth it: "Hard Times," "Rose Colored Boy," "Told You So" and "Caught in the Middle". All of these songs sound like the vibe they were going for on "Hard Times" and "Told You So" but the rest of these songs are dull and not too much going on. It's a bummer but I still stand by my post about Paramore previously.
Anyway, there have been some really interesting albums being released lately. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach comes back with 1960s blues inspired awesomeness on Waiting on a Song. I have to say, after Turn Blue, I was skeptical. As some of you know, I have an affinity for The Black Keys and will fight to the death that they are one of the most important rock bands that has come out in the last decade or so, but I'm not a Pitchfork writer, so I critique when it's needed, even when it's reviewing a favorite of mine, and Turn Blue was a real disappointment. But it seems like Auerbach still has it and is making some really good music. His lyrics could be more varied - I've noticed that a lot of his songs at the end just repeat the same sentence over and over again.
Marika Hackman also came out with her second full length on Sub Pop Records yesterday, I'm Not Your Man which I have yet to listen to but it's on my radar. Bleechers and Halsey came out with their second full length's as well, Gone Now and Hopeless Fountain Kingdom respectively.
Bryce Dessner of The National, jazz drummer Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens released a collaborative effort on Friday which I'm excited about. Planetarium is a concept album about the solar system! Because you know, Sufjan Stevens, basically. There are songs for every planet as well as songs inspired by black holes, Halley's Comet, the Kuiper belt, the Moon, and the Sun. Sounds like it will be weirdly interesting.
And that's it for new music! There are plenty more on the horizon but these are my current picks for now.