New This Week: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Grizzly Bear, A$AP Ferg, and more

Wendy Geller
Senior Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Grizzly Bear, A$AP Ferg, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer: Not Dark Yet (Silver Cross/Thirty Tigers). These two sisters share one of the most traumatic family histories possible (a parental murder-suicide), but have not allowed this to be the centerpiece of their respective careers — nor have they put undue spotlight on their sibling relationship. This marks their first album together, and it shows off the magical effect of familial harmonies on covers of Merle Haggard, Jessi Colter, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, the Killers, Nirvana, etc., plus an original song, “Is It Too Much.”

Grizzly Bear: Painted Ruins (RCA). The indie-rock band’s fifth full-length follows up 2012’s acclaimed breakthrough Shields, and is produced fully by bassist Chris Taylor. Overall, it’s a rich, dreamy, and pleasantly unpredictable collection of soundscapes, setting it apart as one of the more ambitious releases this year.

A$AP Ferg: Still Striving (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA). The latest mixtape from the rap collective’s Ferg includes a wealth of guest appearances, including help from Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Migos, French Montana, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, and Dave East.

KMFDM: Hell Yeah (earMUSIC). Industrial rock pioneers KMFDM bounce between political commentary, heavy rhythm, and techno/dance vibes on their first album in three years, all tied together with a wry sense of humor and sarcasm.

Blind Boys of Alabama: Almost Home (BBOA). The two surviving original members of this group, Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter, are close to their 90s. Their first release in three years is a record of their lives, in which songwriters were asked to listen to their stories/interviews and compose songs accordingly based on what they heard — making for a unique tribute to a legendary outfit which may soon be coming to a end.

The Accidentals: Odyssey (Sony Masterworks). The latest from the Accidentals has the group dancing between their indie and pop roots equally, adding lots of strings, jam elements, and quite a bit of dynamic sonic play. Guests include Keller Williams, Kaki King, and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee.

Rainer Maria: S/T (Polyvinyl). This is the band’s first album in 11 years; both a comeback and a reunion in one, it brings together the trio’s respective experiences away from the unit (travel, study, lifestyle changes, and solo material) to add a new degree of richness to their core cathartic, tense, sometimes ragged sound.

Neck Deep: The Peace and the Panic (Hopeless). Welsh pop punk band Neck Deep follow up their 2015 release Life’s Not Out To Get You with another energetic set heavily influenced by such genre stalwarts as Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and others.

Brand New: Science Fiction (Cooking Vinyl). It’s been eight years since Brand New released an album, although lots of teasing has whipped fans into a frenzy. The set is finally (abruptly) here, living up to expectations with its cathartic heavy-quiet-heavy sounds and cleverly turned phrases.

Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Justin Timberlake (Rockabye Baby Music). Bet you didn’t know you were in the mood for tranquil versions oof “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Sexyback,” “Suit & Tie,” etc. — but now it’s your lucky day (or night, as it were). The latest in this series takes JT’s best material and makes it more snooze-inducing than a cup of Sleepytime tea.

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