List List (& short reviews!): March 20

Of this week’s new releases, I listened to The Black LipsUnderneath the Rainbow and Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene)’s Darlings. Drew’s album is more acoustic while The Black Lips presented a more country-influenced album.

There is also the debut album from Perfect Pussy called Say Yes to Love. This is a ferocious punk-rock album from the girl-fronted group an definitely recommended to fans of that genre. The album was streaming on NPR First Listen, but you can also stream some of their songs on Bandcamp.

Taking Back Sunday released their Happiness Is album. It is a solid emo effort from the band, who is back to their “classic” lineup.

And finally, War on Drugs released Lost in the Dream, which is a very enjoyable follow up to 2011’s Slave Ambient. This album was also on NPR First Listen last week (the associated story is a good read).

Stay tuned for next week when I post my initial thoughts on The Hold Steady‘s Teeth Dreams (streaming now on iTunes).