________________New Releases May 3, 2011
Architecture In Helsinki _ Moment Bends
Australian electro rockers mix flashy synths with funky bass. See “Escapee,” “Contact High.”
**Beastie Boys _ Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
The Beasties blend old-school style with new production like only they could.
Blind Boys of Alabama _ Take The High Road
Alabama gospel group formed in 1939 and still make some of the best Christian music out.
Cat’s Eyes _ Cat’s Eyes
Canadian opera singer/British indie rocker team up for a set of 60’s inspired pop. See “Face In The Crowd,” “Over You.”
Cheeseburger _ Another Big Night Down The Drain
Hard rocking Brooklynites' sophomore effort is a rowdy good time.
Dredg _ Chuckles and Mr Squeezy
Cali-indie group get help from Dan the Automator on their latest record of moody pop/rock. See “The Thought Of Losing You,” “Sun Goes Down.”
Dwarves _ Born Again
Chicago freaks keep punk alive.
Eliza Gilkyson _ Roses At The End Of Time
Hollywood singer/songwriter shares her dark view of modern times in classic folk format.
Fleet Foxes _ Helplessness Blues
The latest pride of Sub Pop continues with flawless harmonies and their classic folk sound
Foundation _ When The Smoke Clears
Mid-tempo hardcore released by infamous MA label Bridge 9.
Grand Pianoramax _ Smooth Danger
Experimental keyboard/drum record from Geneva native Leo Tardin has moments of greatness. See “Infidel,” “Clairvoyance.”
Gruff Rhys _ Hotel Shampoo
Supper Furry Animals frontman and art/pop fixture offers a refreshing take on …. See “Vitamin K,” “Christopher Columbus,” “ Space Dust #2.”
Have Nots _ Proud
Straightforward, screechy pop/punk/ska released by Vinnie Fiorello’s (Less Than Jake) label Paper + Plastick.
Jeffrey Foucault _ Horse Latitudes
Dusty alt/country via Wisconsin.
Jolly Boys _ Great Expectation
Jamaican Mento act originally formed in 1955 is global, catchy, and fun. See "Nightclubbing," "Hanging On The Telephone."
Leaves' Eyes _ Meredead
German-Norweigen symphonic metal.
Musiq Soulchild _ MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ
R&B singer’s latest has its moments but seems to lack the retro charm of his previous offerings.
Priscilla Ahn _ When You Grow Up
Quirky pop tunes built around Priscilla's tangibly warm vocals. See "I Will Get Over You," "Vibe So Hot."
Raphael Saadiq _ Stone Rollin’
In a genre saturated with imitators Saadiq’s dusty, throwback soul sounds as genuine as the real thing. See “Over You,” “Day Dreams,” “Movin’ Down The Line,” “Good Man.”
**Showbiz & KRS-ONE
Smart, creative rap. See "The Truth," "Improve Myself."
Sixx: AM _ This Is Gonna Hurt
**Stevie Nicks _ In Your Dreams
Timeless vocals, flawless production, masterful songwriting.
Twin Atlantic _ Free
Second record from Glasgow alt/rock quartet does little to push the limits of their genre. See “Free,” “Make A Beast Of Myself.”