61kzXdBe7eL._SY300_1. Unimagine — Hands Like Houses
The six piece tour de force from Canberra, Australia hones in on their own brand of thunder from Down Under through post-hardcore composition, spacey synth and guitar licks. With chugging breakdowns that are capable of breaking the foundation of their houses, lead singer Trenton Woodley emits a childlike innocence in his voice that could inspire the Lost Boys of Neverland into battle.  — Mike Madden
Check out: Oceandust

941827_10151499470235975_1988187319_n2. Stars Dance — Selena Gomez
Shying away from her Disney roots and dropping “The Scene” from her band name, Selena Gomez’s new album Stars Dance is mature and sexy. Filled with fast-paced beats and island riffs, the record is made to dance to. Channeling Icona Pop and Far East Movement, the starlet has definitely grown up with all-night partying and heartbreak being common song themes. — Catherine Powell
Check out: “Nobody Does It Like You”
983977_10151422181326567_248241541_n3. Ricky Reed Is Real — Wallpaper.
Ricky Reed gets the party going with his EDM-pop-hip hop hybrid project Wallpaper.’s second full-length release, Ricky Reed is Real. Through auto-tuned vocals, scratchy synth and wild party anthems that will almost but not really make you regret that last shot, Reed makes it clear that he doesn’t give a fuck, declaring, “Because we young and dumb and got no plans, we drink tonight because we can.” — Nicola Pring
Check out: “Drunken Hearts”
secrets-cover4. Fragile Figures  — SecretsSan Diego rockers, SECRETS, incorporate just the right elements of angst for the best possible post hardcore breakdown in their second LP, Fragile Figures. The album finds a middle ground between heavy vocals in “Ready for Repair” and “How We Survive” all while maintaining pop-enough chord progressions in “Fragile Figures.” The album ends on an acoustic note, which is surprising, but in a pleasant way. Overall, their sophomore release is definitely more lyrically mature than their debut album, The Ascent. — Stacy Magallon
Check Out: “Sleep Well, Darling”

947244_10151407253267124_26032268_n5. Tracing Back Roots — We Came As Romans
“Try to destroy me,” We Came As Romans frontman Dave Stephens growls on the explosive track “Present, Future and Past” from the band’s third studio release, Tracing Back Roots. With chugging guitar riffs, anthemic choruses and scattered electronic beats on the band’s melodic, 11-track junior effort, the thing is — you can’t.  — Ariella Mastroianni
Check out: “Present, Future and Past” and “A Moment”

Written by Catherine Powell

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