Tuesday, March 22, 2011

_________________New Releases 3.22.2011

Acid House Kings _ Music Sounds Better With You
Anticipated album from charming Swedish pop outfit lives up to the hype. RIYL Belle & Sebastian.
Aggrolites _ Rugged Road
Roots reggae band from LA comes close to making a great record.
Agnostic Front _ My Life My Way
On the hardcore punk outfit's 15th album they sound as hard as ever.
Art of Dying _ Vices And Virtues
Cringe-worthy mod rock.
Richard Ashcroft _ United Nations of Sound
Verve frontman maintains a familiar sound but with a new backing cast. See "This Thing Called Life."
Baby Bash _ Bashtown
Nu-school club R&B.
Bobby V _ Fly On The Wall
Bedroom R&B.
Joe Bonamassa _ Dust Bowl
American guitar prodigy plays classic, smoky blues.
Born Of Osiris _ The Discovery
Deathcore via Palatine, Illinois.
Edwyn Collins _ Losing Sleep
Veteran UK producer returns with his first record since a major 2005 brain hemmorage.
**CunninLynguists _ Oneirology
One of underground hip-hop's best groups, not to be missed. See "My Habit," "Get Ignorant."
**DJ Deadeye _ Substance Abuse
Producer's guest list reads like a who's who of the underground on this impressive 20-track effort.
Duran Duran _ All You Need Is Now
Electro-pop stalwarts craft quality songs but could use more of a modern edge.
Egyptrixx _ Bible Eyes
Inventive, fun electro doesnt sound like anything you've heard.
Green Day _ Awesome as F**k [Live]
High energy set of songs taken mostly from the band's last two albums.
Gucci Mane _ The Return of Mr Zone 6
Somehow its even harder to take Gucci Mane seriously with that huge ice cream cone tattoo on his face.
Horseshoe Gang _ Firing Squad
Cali rap collective known as the West Coast Slaughterhouse.
Jennifer Hudson _ I Remember Me
Suprisingly decent pop/R&B via American Idol.
Josh Kelley _ Georgia Clay
Straightforward pop/country.
Ke$ha _ Dance Commander
Pop's most annoying new fixture gets remixed.
Keren Ann _ 101
Prolific, worldly songstress plays nostalgic, airy pop.
Panic! At The Disco _ Vices & Virtues
Fall Out Boy proteges return two members lighter to follow up 2008's questionable "Pretty. Odd."
Pet Shop Boys _ The Most Incredible Thing: Original Score
One of the world's best selling groups does their first ballet.
**Pharoahe Monch _ W.A.R.
Embattled Queens rapper retains his complexity, gets a boost from a serious guest list. See "Calculated Amalgamation," "W.A.R."
Protest The Hero _ Scurrilous
Skull pounding mix of hair and real metal.
Saliva _ Under Your Skin
Rap-rock continues. Unfortunately.
Tommy Shaw _ The Great Divide
The infamous Styx guitarist tries bluegrass with mixed results.
Soundgarden _ Live on I5
90's flannel heroes prove they can still rock, impressive in the fact that it exists.
The Strokes _ Angles
Highly anticipated and highly disappointing effort from the gods of indie cool. Great review here from nymag- Easy Listening.
_ One
Ultra-produced prog metal; a metal 30 Seconds To Mars?
Yellowcard _ When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
Yellowcard returns with more of their fast paced, upbeat pop-punk after a two year break.
Zion I & Grouch _ Heroes in the Healing of the Nation
Bay-Area rappers follow up 2006's hit Heroes in the City of Dope.

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