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Record Roundup: The Afghan Whigs, Hamilton Leithauser, Paolo Nutini, Sharon Van Etten

Written by Greg Moskovitch on February 27, 2014

Some of independent music’s more critically acclaimed artists feature on today’s Record Roundup, with new releases announced by alt-rockers The Afghan Whigs, ex-Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser, singular songsmith Paolo Nutini, and Brooklyn talent Sharon Van Etten.


The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast

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Sub Pop and Inertia have announced the release of the latest effort from Cincinnati’s own The Afghan Wigs, Do To The Beast. Their first collection of new material since 1998’s 1965 will be released on Friday, 11th April.

The boys have already unveiled the lead single from the LP, Algiers, as well as an official video directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Phil Harder, on location in Agua Dulce, California. Readers can check out the Algiers clip below.

Watch: The Afghan Whigs – Algiers


Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

Following the dissolution of one of the most consistently praised and steadfastly uncompromising indie bands of the modern era, The Walkmen, frontman Hamilton Leithauser got to work on his new solo venture, which has now yielded an LP dubbed Black Hours.

The album is slated for a Friday, 2nd May release and features contributions from a talented crew of musos, including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), and Richard Swift (The Shins).

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Watch: Hamilton Leithauser – Alexandra


Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

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Paolo Nutini has signalled his return with a new album that is set to showcase the talent that has had fans and critics raving since his debut. His new effort, Caustic Love, is set for release Friday, 18th April on Atlantic Records.

Regarded as one of the most original songwriters working today, the lead cut from the new LP, Scream (Funk My Life Up), is an example of the kind of songsmithing chops that saw his acclaimed 2006 debut, These Streets, sell 1.5 million copies in the UK.

Listen: Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)


Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Friday, 30th May will see the release of Sharon Van Etten‘s new album, Are We There, on Jagjaguwar via Inertia. Her fourth album is the follow-up to her 2012 breakthrough effort, Tramp, which received near-universal praise.

Are We There sees Van Etten stepping out of the vocal booth and sidling up to the mixing desk, marking the next step in her creative progression. Van Etten was assisted by veteran producer Stewart Lerman, who helped the artist actualise her vision.

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Watch: Sharon Van Etten – Are We There Trailer

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