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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 30, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 29, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 24, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 23, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 17, 2021 | Epitaph

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 16, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 12, 2021 | Epitaph

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 10, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 5, 2021 | Epitaph

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Stevie Knipe—the main member of Adult Mom's fluid lineup—dreamed of creating a queer rom-com soundtrack. Mission accomplished, albeit without a movie. On their third album, Knipe captures what made '80s and '90s soundtracks such joys: Every song doesn't sound the same. With its gentle acoustic strumming and candle-warm pedal steel, Knipe's "Passenger" exudes the canyon vibes of Emmylou Harris and Jenny Lewis. It's an unexpected turn that flows irresistibly into the tumbling-drum power pop of "Wisconsin." From there, the record takes a time warp to the early '90s—when the Cranberries and the Sundays and 10,000 Maniacs ruled the radio—with "Breathing," Knipe's clear-as-a-bell voice practically playing tribute to Dolores O'Riordan, complete with little cracks and feather-light falsetto turns. But listen to those words, as Knipe sings about "an overdue hospital bill/ I can't afford to pay so/ I hide it under a stack of things I'd rather not/ yet deal with"; suddenly, the tinny drum sounds like an anxious pulse and burbling synths like firing synapses of worry. "My hands are stretched underneath my nose to see if I'm breathing," they sing, and the uncertainty of navigating from the cocoon of college to "real" adulthood is palpable even if you lived it decades ago. (Note to Knipe: It's not like the "What now?" feeling ever really goes away.) Equally honest and raw are the lyrics to the cheerful-sounding "Sober": "And the last image of me you remember/ Is my hunched-over back on the driver's side/ Begging you to get out when you said that you wanted to die/ Can't you see that's the kind of shit I can't be the one to decide?" As the heavy bass reverberates and synths bob, it begs the question of what an Adult Mom/Bleachers collaboration might sound like. (Note to Jack Antonoff: Call them now.) "Dancing" delights with sweet call-and-response backing vocals, "Berlin" soothingly tracks the loss of friendship, and the way Knipes takes flight on the word "shadooooows" in "Checking Up" is beyond charming. And you can count on "Adam" being an eventual live favorite, with the fun-to-sing lines "I thought about the first girl I kissed was a girl I wanted to kiss but not the first girl I wanted to kiss, you know" yelled by the audience. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 3, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 2, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 28, 2021 | Epitaph

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Metal - Released February 26, 2021 | Epitaph

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This English group has an intriguing trajectory, marked by certain stylistic choices that almost sank their career before paying off once they’d sorted out the genres. While still the standard-bearers of an aggressive metalcore with songs boasting a more melodic post-hardcore soul, Architects have long since evolved beyond their more technical and convoluted early compositions to allow the more accessible choruses to breathe. The tragic loss of guitarist Tom Searle in 2016 after a fierce three-year battle with cancer did not spell the end of the British band led by drummer Dan Searle, his twin brother. Architects turned the grief into a source of inspiration and relaunched themselves better than ever with their eighth album, Holy Hell in 2018. For Those That Wish To Exist is the second album recorded by the band since the death of Searle (with Dan the sole remaining original member). The pain and rage that roared through Holy Hell and helped them mourn have mutated into a kind of despair fuelled by a very gloomy observation about the inability of human beings to save the planet and take up their responsibilities. Committed to various environmental defense movements (Architects are closely linked to the Sea Shepherd organisation), the Brighton combo delivers an album that does not directly attack the institutions in place, but is more like sincere self-criticism, taking into account what each of us should have done before blaming others. The message is delivered with a massive guitar sound fused with electronic ingredients, making Architects’ sound more accessible, grandiose (and even cinematic) than ever. While still rocking the beefy riffs (Animals), the group fully embraces its melodic side in Black Lungs and Giving Blood with choruses braced by synthetic layers that wouldn’t be out of place in Linkin Park. Without sounding industrial, those omnipresent keyboards (Dead Butterflies, An Ordinary Extinction) occasionally evoke the work of countrymen like Enter Shikari, proof that the group is utterly of its era. So it’s no coincidence that Winston McCall, singer of Parkway Drive (the two bands share a label) drops by for a vocal in Impermanence. More surprisingly, Mike Kerr’s (Royal Blood) excellent vocal in Little Wonder shows how much more porous the boundaries between the genres are than might be believed (Simon Neil, singer of Biffy Clyro also show up for a howl later on the album). The old, more radical group is long in the rearview. Whoever decided to flirt with post-hardcore and catchy choruses made the right call. Far more accessible than in the past, Architect’s music will reach an increasingly large audience rather than bringing back older fans lost several albums ago. That’s a winning bet given the catchy aspect of the new songs. Architects were already a staple of melodic metalcore. They’re well on their way to becoming one of the genre’s undisputed leaders. © Chief Brody/Qobuz
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Rock - Released February 24, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2021 | Epitaph

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 23, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 18, 2021 | Epitaph

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Metal - Released February 17, 2021 | Epitaph

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 16, 2021 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 12, 2021 | Epitaph

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