_________________New Releases 9.13.2011
Alice Cooper _ Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Somehow the father of goth is still going strong. I'm no doctor but maybe it's a steady diet Big Units (two-feet hotdogs named for the gargantuan MLB star) from his AZ eatery.
Anthrax _ Worship Music
Scott Ian and Co honor hard rock on their latest thrashfest.
**Blind Pilot _ We Are the Tide
Portland indie-folksters play earnest but sappy acoustic pop.
Blitzen Trapper _ American Goldwing
Critically adored Portlanders play classic-rock themed indie rock on their third record for Sub Pop.
Bush _ Sea of Memories
Gavin Rossdale and Co haven't changed much since the release of their '94 smash Sixteen Stone.
**Das Racist _ Relax
Silly but smart hipster rap group don't take themselves too seriously. See "Brand New Dance," "Shut Up, Man," "Rainbow in the Dark," "The Trade."
Dream Theatre _ A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Prog legends balance the epic with the intimate.
Girls _ Father, Son, Holy Ghost
San Fran '60's garage act show off great Elliot Smith-style vocals but also a major lack of originality. See "Vomit," "Magic."
Lady Antebellum _ Own The Night
Country's music's biggest, sappiest new band
Ladytron _ Gravity The Seducer
80's influences take over on English electro-poppers latest effort.
Laura Marling _ A Creature I Don't Know
Highly touted English folk singer/songwriter plays subdued, moody folk.
Levin Torn White _ Levin Torn White
Three prog legends join forces on this energetic, experimental set.
**Mates of State _ Mountaintops
Kansas indie pop duo release their most fully imagined effort yet.
Neon Indian _ Era Extrana
Highly anticipated sophomore effort from Denton, TX chillwave act. Good but annoying at times. See "Polish Girl," "Hex Girlfriend," "Era Extrana."
Nick Lowe _ The Old Magic
Legendary English singer-songwriter still has it at age 61.
Pajama Club _ Pajama Club
NZ legend Neil Finn and Co play catchy rock with dashes of electro.
Primus _ Green Naugahyde
Les Claypool and Co return with more of their super-weird, hard-rocking prog funk.
Reckless Kelly _ Good Luck & True Love
Stylish country pop, recommended for fans of the genre.
Saves The Day _ Daybreak
NJ emo legends hope for improved success after their extremely disappointing recent records In Reverie, Sound the Alarm, and Under The Boards.
Spyro Gyra _ A Foreign Affair
One of the best-selling Jazz fusion acts of all time, this band offers a uniquely dazzling blend of Jazz, reggae, and world music.
Staind _ Staind
Former Limp Bizkit protégés release their 7th album of standard mod rock.
St Vincent _ Strange Mercy
Polyphonic Spree/Sufjan Stevens cohort plays awesome, stylish future pop. See "Cruel," "Northern Lights."
The Drums _ Portamento
Overrated BK indie rockers somehow manage to be lighthearted and whiny at the same time.
The Gourds _ Old Mad Joy
American alt/country act hope to translate their live success to a recording with this strong, eccentric set.
The Kooks _ Junk of the Heart
'60's-styled pop from controversial but hyped Engligh quartet.
Todd Rundgren _ [Re]Production
Legendary American producer/singer/songwriter writes awesome songs with ease. See "Leave Me Alone With My Baby."
Trombone Shorty _ For True
This 25-year-old Treme native has been a bandleader since age 6, and it shows on this set of fresh, funky Jazz. See "The Craziest Thing."
Umphrey's Mcgee _ Death By Stereo
Chicago prog-rock/Jam band follow up their 2009 hit Mantis.
Wild Flag _ Wild Flag
Carrie Brownstein hopes to follow up her IFC hit Portlandia with a hit record.
Wooden Shjips _ West
Interesting set from this San Fran experimental/drone rock group.
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton _ Play The Blues
Living legends unite for authentic blues, also available live from Jazz at Lincoln Center.