It's May! We've got some new music picks for you for this month. 

We’ve got some new music picks for you this month!

Mikal Cronin – MCIII

Hailing from the San Francisco garage rock scene, Mikal Cronin has done more than just release a few titles under his own name. After a bachelor’s degree in music from the California Institute of the Arts, he uses his skills to add to projects all over the rock scene. From Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and more, his musical expertise is evident. It’s even more prominent with this third solo album, where he played “nearly everything on the record himself” as well as arranged parts for the string quartet, according to Pitchfork.

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The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird is Home

Kristian Matsson, otherwise known as The Tallest Man on Earth, is releasing his fourth studio album this month. Matsson reportedly wrote and recorded the tracks while he has been traveling since his 2012 release. Although highly influenced by early folk music, Tallest Man is able to create a unique and intricate sound of his own.

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Hop Along – Painted Shut

Hop Along may not be a very well-known band, but they are soon going to be. Their follow-up to 2012’s Get Disowned will be released via Saddle Creek, and was produced by John Agnello (producer for Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr.). The raw vocals of Frances Quinlan matched with the polished rock instrumentals leave you with a product that you won’t be able to stop listening to.

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Holly Miranda – Holly Miranda

Originally in part of a four-piece Brooklyn band, Holly Miranda will be releasing her second solo album this month. The singer-songwriter plays piano, and is self-taught in guitar and trumpet. She recorded her latest album in a house in Joshua Tree, to get out of the city and remember why she started making music. Miranda commented that this work is “the most honest thing she’s ever made”.

Mandolin Orange – Such Jubilee

Mandolin Orange is compromised of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. The duo told American Songwriter that this record “came together super naturally” after touring for an extended period of time. The band’s follow up to their 2013 record continues to hold the sound they’ve become known for— soft and dreamy vocals with music that enchants you and lyrics that draw you in.

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Honorable Mention: Fraternal Twin – Skin Gets Hot

An honorable mention this month is New Paltz, NY-based Fraternal Twin. Fraternal Twin began as a solo project for Tom Christie (of NY-based QUARTERBACKS). On the record, he collaborates with members of other great projects, such as PORCHES. The record is highly anticipated, and judging by the single released, our expectations will definitely be met.

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