Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita: Two decades in, this art-rock quartet stays churning out disjointed, angular songs that are, sure, maybe not for everyone. Start with drummer Greg Saunier, whose fully committed, wild-limbed pulse ties together the disparate rhymes and drives along singer-bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s singsongy vocals. Each song follows its own particular logic: “Exit Only” builds on an overdriven guitar riff into a exhausting multi-lingual noise-rock workout that begs to be stretched live. (Out Nov 4.) Essential track: “Exit Only”
Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2: As Run the Jewels, Atlanta MC Killer Mike and Brooklyn producer-rapper El-P make political hip-hop party anthems. The vets have a no-bullshit air about them but aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves too: Their absurdist Kickstarter rewards included a version of the album sung by cats (currently in the works). Get familiar with the human version and, if you haven't already, their stellar self-titled debut. No excuses: Both are free. (Out now.) Essential track: “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) [Feat. Zack de la Rocha]”
Dream Police, Hypnotized: Fitting with their name, Brooklyn band the Men are hirsute dudes who play classic-rock influenced songs: young dad rock, of a sort. In their side project, Dream Police, Men members Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro add a drum machine and synths to the leaded guitars for a musical trip that veers from hazy, sun-baked spaghetti western to propulsive ‘80s jogging soundtrack. (Out Nov 11.) Essential track: “Hypnotized”
Diarrhea Planet, Aliens in the Outfield EP: Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet roll in with a name that sounds like a practical joke. Then, as you count the members, you realize that they’ve come with four guitarists in tow. What’s more amazing is that each one seems to be contributing something to the band’s surprisingly complex pop-punk tunes. This EP is just the latest edition of one of the funnest parties around. (Out now.) Essential track: "Platinum Girls"
Tim Fite, iBeenHacked: Brooklyn rapper-artist Tim Fite (Little T from the song “Shaniqua” in a previous life) took a 360 approach to his iBeenHacked project, which combines art pieces (iPhone-size silicon blocks a.k.a. Phoneys), satirical music videos and an album-length exploration into digital culture and commercialization. The rhymes jab at corporations (Bacardi, Microsoft, Apple) with knockout punchlines that make you wonder how long it'll be before Fite winds up penning bits for SNL or The Daily Show. (Out now.) Essential track: “Check Yo Cell”
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