Top albums to look for this week: rock, hip-hop and punk


Scott Murphy, News Editor

Artist: …And They Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Album: IX

Label: Superball Music

Genre: Art Rock

…And They Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has explored almost as many genres as there are words in their moniker, including post hardcore, indie rock, progressive rock, math rock, noise rock and (currently) art rock.

Their appropriately titled ninth album, IX, continues their tradition of sonic experimentation. Fans of any of the aforementioned musical styles will most likely be amused by this latest effort from the band.

Artist: Big K.R.I.T.

Album: Cadillactica

Label: Def Jam Records

Genre: Hip-Hop

After listening to Big K.R.I.T.’s discography, his self-designation as a “king remembered in time” sounds more plausible than cocky. The lyricism and production chops that the Mississippi native has demonstrated easily places him at a level far above most of his Southern rap contemporaries.

His second major label album, Cadillactica, boasts guest spots from Bun B, Lupe Fiasco and Wiz Khalifa.

Artist: Cult of Youth

Album: Final Days

Label: Sacred Bones Records

Genre: Post Punk

What started as a solo project of Brooklyn-based experimental musician Sean Ragon has evolved into Cult of Youth, a full-fledged and critically acclaimed post punk group.

Now, after two albums and tours with notable underground acts like Cold Cave, Iceage and Zola Jesus, the band has prepared their third record, Final Days, for public enjoyment. The effort is continued proof of why Ragon and company have gained the attention that they have in such a short span of time.

Artist: Dream Police

Album: Hypnotized

Label: Sacred Bones Records

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Hypnotized will be the second project released by Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi in 2014, as their main band, The Men, already dropped their album Tomorrow’s Hits earlier this year to high praise.

Continuing in the tradition of The Men, the duo has explored new musical territory with a psychedelic and electronic tinged rock record. Both albums are worth at least a cursory listen.

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Endless River

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genre: Progressive Rock

There is little necessity in describing the immeasurable influence that Pink Floyd has had on modern music. Now, after the twenty years of inactivity under the Pink Floyd name, founding member David Glamour has announced the release of The Endless River, which will mark the end of the band’s nearly five decade career.

Music for the album is comprised primarily of ambient, instrumental tracks derived from studio sessions for the band’s previous album, The Division Bell, which includes the final performances from Richard Wright, the band’s late keyboardist.