New Album Releases: David Lowery, The Go! Team, the Civil Wars and MEN Lead the Way

(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.)

click to enlarge The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow
The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow

*The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow Paste gave the album an 8.0 rating: "Barton Hollow, the name of a nonexistent place, is largely polite. It approaches relationship and life dissatisfactions with a subdued presence reminiscent of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's duets. But the tranquility dissipates as the songs peak, with White and Williams escalating the volumetric power of their playing and singing, taking full control of the songs' directions." Stream some tracks from Barton Hollow here and the full album at Spinner.

click to enlarge Junk Culture's Summer Friends
Junk Culture's Summer Friends

*Junk Culture, Summer Friends Fresh Heirs says of the new Illegal Art release: "Illegal Art has already made headlines in 2010 with Girl Talk's newest release, and now the label has another cool project on tap. Junk Culture is prepping its debut EP, Summer Friends, and the title track is available for download after the jump. Noted influences in the track and EP are Caribou, Animal Collective, The Beach Boys, MF Doom and Fennesz. Basically there's a lot going on here."

click to enlarge Dirtbombs' Party Store
Dirtbombs' Party Store

*The Dirtbombs, Party Store Consequence of Sound gave Party Store 3.5 stars: "Releasing a covers album can be career suicide for some, due to the pressures of stripping apart a classic and making it your own, but Party Store is refreshingly not the case. Here, it seems the premise is not to alter the late '80s techno Mick Collins was listening to as frontman of his old band, The Gories, (one fellow Detroitian Jack White states as a major influence) but to recreate them live, to perpetuate the same mechanically based resonance with heavy bass, distorted guitars, and teetering snares. Even Collins' otherworldly falsetto sounds surprisingly homogeneous, making this the ultimate indulgence in nostalgia for any committed fan of Detroit's underground scene."

click to enlarge The Go! Team's Rolling Blackouts
The Go! Team's Rolling Blackouts

*The Go! Team, Rolling Blackouts Prefix reviewed the album, saying "Since debuting in 2004 to acclaim with Thunder, Lightning, Strike, noise-rap-funk'ers the Go! Team have spent just as much time as critical darlings as they have fading from the spotlight. It took three years for the sextet to release their sophomore album, 2007's Proof of Youth, and another four for their third, 2011's Rolling Blackouts. But it seems that the four-year gap has led to a slight change in musical direction for the band. If lead single "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." is any indication, the Go! Team remains rambunctious as ever, though their outlook is not as bright as before. Rolling Blackouts might just be the apocalypse's perfect party record."

*The video for "Secretary Song" by The Go! Team

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