It's been a rough week in the rock world with the deaths of Don Everly of The Everly Brothers, Eric Wagner of doom metal legends Trouble, and the one that shook the music world the most: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. Charlie's style was deceptively simple, tight but loose; nobody in the world ever sounded like him, and he consistently powered the Stones for over 50 years straight. Music wouldn't be the same without him.
As for this week's new albums, there are a lot. I highlight seven below, Bill reviews Steve Gunn, The Hawks, Eyedress, the GOAT rarities comp, and more in Bill's Indie Basement, and here are even more honorable mentions: Chvrches, Westside Gunn (part one of a double album), Torment & Glory (Brian Cook of Botch, Russian Circles, Sumac), Mouse Rat, Nite Jewel, The Bug, Chubby and the Gang, Men I Trust, The Bronx (get it on orange vinyl), Marisa Anderson & William Tyler, Low Flying Hawks (Melvins, Mr. Bungle), Water From Your Eyes, Fluisteraars, Super Structure, Summer Dean, Belly (the rapper), Hooded Menace, allie, Nitty Scott, Curren$y, G Perico, Fotocrime, OhGeesy, Chet Wasted, Terence Blanchard, Our Place of Worship Is Silence, Bendik Giske, Teenage Bottlerocket, Sculptured (ex-Agalloch), Sons of Alpha Centauri (with Far's Jonah Matranga on vocals), the first Divine Horsemen album in 33 years, Graham Coxon's Superstate soundtrack, the Keaton Henson EP, the Born Without Bones EP, the Hold Down the Ocean EP, the Thief / Botanist split, and the New Order remix album.