On this sprint through the week's best new albums, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna and Stephen Thompson for a whole lot of guitar rock, with a little bit of melancholy, acoustic beauty on the side. This includes Spielbergs, a group from Oslo, Norway, that makes its US debut with a fantastic squeal of feedback on This is Not the End; the L.A. quartet Cherry Glazerr, which just dropped its most emotionally potent and fully formed album ever; Girlpool, Le Butcherettes, the beautifully transporting songs of Tiny Ruins and more.
- Spielbergs: This is Not the End
Featured Song: "Five On It"
- Cherry Glazerr: Stuffed and Ready
Featured Song: "Ohio"
- Girlpool: What Chaos is Imaginary
Featured Song: "Lucy's"
- Beirut: Gallipoli
Featured Song: "Landslide"
- Le Butcherettes: bi/MENTAL
Featured Song: "giveUP"
- Tiny Ruins: Olympic Girls
Featured Song: "School of Design"
Other Notable Releases For Feb. 01: Boy Harsher: Careful; Deer Tick: Mayonnaise; Guided by Voices: Zeppelin Over China; Emily King: Scenery; Mandolin Orange: Tides of a Teardrop; David Meade: Cobra Pumps; Nina Nesbitt: The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change; Unloved: Heartbreak