5 Hot Picks for May

Hey, all you audiophiles, here are some suggestions for your iPod this spring:

1. Bear In Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool

The Brooklyn-based synth band Bear In Heaven has crafted a psychedelic expression of sound with their newest release, I Love You, It’s Cool. It travels in waves of an alternate dimension coming together in a fusion of music that could be somewhere between the Pet Shop Boys meets MGMT — a great album to kick back and relax to.
2. Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light

The London music outfit Fanfarlo has crafted a finely tuned sophomore album with Rooms Filled With Light. The album is ensconced in a light and whimsical new-wave glamour with a little bit of a Talking Heads influence interlaced throughout.
3. The High Strung — ?Posible -o- Imposible?

The High Strung hail from Detroit and have been playing together for about 10 years. Their newest exploration of music is ?Posible -o- Imposible? The album includes the bonus track “The Luck You Got,” which is featured as the theme song for the Showtime series Shameless staring William H. Macy. The album has a bouncy and groovy sound mixed in with a little bit of surf-rock flavor.
4. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?

The Punch Brothers are a progressive bluegrass band that appeals to a broad audience. Their sweet, soothing vocals mix well with the plucky and rollicking motion of the song structure on the new album. They are bound to slowly reel you into a vibrant and colorful explosion of music with their new album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?
5. Shinedown – Amaryllis

The rockers from Jacksonville, Fla., have released a hard rock album infused with melodic moments. The band came onto the rock scene in the early 2000s with their album Leave A Whisper, which featured hits “Fly From The Inside” and the popular cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” The new album Amaryllis stays true to their signature sound while pushing further with heartfelt lyrics and heavy guitar licks, once again killing it Shinedown style.

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