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  • Crystal Castles, Pill, DJ Earl Shine In Top Albums Of The Week - August 13-19

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:50:38

    Crystal Castles, Pill, DJ Earl Shine In Top Albums Of The Week - August 13-19 -

    Dolly Parton Photos

    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush prepairs to join Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Photo Bomber Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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    It's been a wild week for new albums - and we're not just talking about Frank Ocean's visual album. Dolly Parton is back with her 43rd full-length studio record, Pure & Simple, and it's a picture-perfect look at her entire career. Kiefer Sutherland has been through some s***, and we aren't talking about his stint as Jack Bauer. Down In a Hole is the kind of rock country you would expect from a longtime, hard knocks, country singer and it seems that's exactly what he is.

    Sumach Ecks, a.k.a. Gonjasufi, unveiled his newest album Callus. Thomas Fec, a.k.a. Tobacco, unveiled his fourth album Sweatbox Dynasty. Lydia Loveless' Real is brutal alt-country, the kind that you'll remember for its slow-burning honesty and adventure. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with intriguing new albums.

    Here are our favorites:







    Crystal Castles - AMNESTY (I) - Fiction

    Alice Glass may have departed Crystal Castles, but new singer Edith Francis is no slouch. AMNESTY (I) is as wild as anything in Castles' catalogue to date, and may be their most progressive and enduring record yet.


    Frank Ocean - Endless

    Check it out here.

    Well, well, well, Frank Ocean finally released something. While Endless might not be an album in the traditional sense, we are just happy to get new material, and it helps that it's pretty darn good.


    Pill - Convenience - Mexican Summer

    The Brooklyn no-wave punks' Convenience is sharp and political. The band seems to have found themselves in the chaos and their undefinable nature makes them even more interesting.


    DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes - Teklife

    Teklife member DJ Earl teams up with Oneothrix Point Never on Open Your Eyes. Footwork, as a genre, seems to be growing through a bit of a renaissance, opening itself up to musical expression, and Open Your Eyes is as good an example of that as any.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    08.19.16

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