New Release Sampler, 8/13/2013
by Dan Weiss | August 13, 2013
This week, Nashville heartthrob Luke Bryan proves an even bigger party animal on his fourth album's catchy new tunes, like "Beer in the Headlights" and "Goodbye Girl." Thrilling newcomer Valerie June attacks her banjo on the skyward bluegrass ballad "Somebody to Love." Alt rockers Cage the Elephant debut their new '60s-influenced single "Come a Little Closer," complete with shimmery, organ-led bridge. Washed Out's "It Feels All Right" and "All I Know" continue Ernest Greene's journey from inventing chillwave in his parents' house to something brighter and more dizzyingly psychedelic. R&B underdog Mario returns, exploring his darker side on the haunting new single "Fatal Distraction," while the rollicking country of The Wild Feathers asserts itself in mere seconds on their six-minute epic "The Ceiling." All this and more in this week's roundup of highlights.