Such Pretty Forks in the Road is Alanis Morissette’s ninth LP and it marks her first studio album in eight years, following 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. She announced the album way back in December 2019 with the song “Reasons I Drink.” She recently performed the record’s “Ablaze” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
In 2018, jazz percussionist and producer Makaya McCraven released his expansive album Universal Beings. Now, he’s released a 14-track companion project, recorded during those same sessions. The new material, which features appearances from Jeff Parker, Shabaka Hutchings, and several others, arrives with an accompanying making-of documentary.
Universal Beings E&F Sides is the second album from Makaya McCraven this year, following February’s Gil Scott-Heron tribute We’re New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven.
In Purling Hiss, guitarist Mike Polizze charged forward with fuzzy, unassuming rock songs. Long Lost Solace Find—Polizze’s first album under his own name—is a set of light and easygoing songs rendered on acoustic guitar. Polizze’s longtime Philadelphia buddy Kurt Vile embellishes the record with backing vocals, slide guitar, harmonica, and, on “Revelation,” trumpet.
Sucker’s Lunch is the latest album from Oakland-based singer-songwriter Madeline Kenney. The 10-track LP was co-produced by Kenney and Wye Oak members Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Bay Area artist Stephen Steinbrink also features on select tracks. Sucker’s Lunch follows Kenney’s 2018 album Perfect Shapes.