Noise-rock has a big week this week, while one of fall’s biggest movies delivers a hyper-relevant soundtrack that could be massive. For something a bit easier to digest, Jake Bugg swears by his trusty guitar for another solid album. Oh, and Boston’s queen of weird, Amanda Palmer, is back.


1. Death Grips – “Government Plates”
In a rather unexpected fashion, experimental noise rap trio Death Grips released “Government Plates” last week digitally on its website with music videos to accompany all 11 tracks. The band’s sonically overbearing approach can be a bit too aggressive for some, but for those who were enthralled by the explosiveness of “No Love Deep Web,” these new tracks show plenty of bold, attacking production.

2. Jake Bugg – “Shangri La”
British youngster Jake Bugg stormed in strong with his debut album last fall. He’s smart in following-up quickly with another full-length, especially since he’s been working with longtime badass Rick Rubin, Irish songwriter Iain Archer, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith for this release. While Bugg adds a garagier edge to some tunes this time around, once again, the best songs on this record are Bugg’s restless and nostalgic folk-rock stompers like lead track “There’s A Beast and We All Need To Feed It.”

3. Blood Orange – “Cupid Deluxe”
British producer Dev Hynes has written for artists that range from Florence and the Machine to Chemical Brothers, but also releases music on his own as Blood Orange. Now on his second full-length, Hynes channels an early ‘90s Prince in the vocals, but his production touches a number of different area, from loved-up drum grooves to dark synths to soft jazz saxophone. “Cupid Deluxe” is definitely one of this month’s most interesting releases.

4. Magik Markers – “Surrender to the Fantasy”
Connecticut noise-rock trio Magik Markers has been churning out albums and touring since 2001, but for its latest, the band brightened up its songwriting and explores the basic ideas of pop music. The first album the band has put out since 2009’s “Balf Quarry,” Magik Markers recorded it in a number of different locations, including Dinosaur Jr. legend J Mascis’ attic in Amherst.

5. “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack
One of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year comes with a dazzling soundtrack to boot. If you’re looking for singles to hear on the radio, this probably isn’t the album for you, even if it does feature Ellie Goulding, The Lumineers, Coldplay, Of Monsters and Men, and more. Instead, the songs fit the dark and hollow mood of the film, reflected well in Lorde’s reimagined rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”

6. Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer – “An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer”
Local husband and wife duo of author Neil Gaiman and The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer release three hours worth of live songs and stories. Palmer’s devoted audience will eat this up, while everyone else will most likely make fun of her for it.