Pick your format: Four new local releases, four different listening styles

    • Vinyl Surrounded by Thieves, Surrounded by Thieves

      Pick up the punk quartet’s limited-edition translucent blood-red record September 13 at a Double Down release party or online at We recommend: ferocious opener “Monster.”

    • Compact Disc The Badlands, Thorns & Roses

      This folky foursome chose CD—which, sales say, remains our nation’s favorite listening format—for its five-song debut EP, available at We recommend: “Cobwebs,” featuring Sara Jean Worrell’s stirring, bluesy vocals.

    • Casette Crazy Chief, Chrome Werewolf

      The hard-rockers worked with Seattle label Sands Vacation Records to release this limited-edition purple tape, available at Exile on Main Street and Cowtown Guitars. We recommend: the harmonica-heavy “She’s So Easy.”

    • Digital Rhyme N Rhythm, Growing Pains

      It’s convenient for fans, it’s cheaper for bands (see: no pressing costs), and you can snag funky hip-hop crew RNR’s latest EP without leaving your house at We recommend: bounce-in-your-seat cut “For the Win (FTW).”

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    • It must have been intimidating for Thundercat—then a teenager—to be in the room with the gravitational force that is Erykah Badu.

    • Like a frozen margarita served poolside, “Don’t Sleep” is funky, refreshing and perfect for summer days.

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