_________________New Releases 9.27.2011
**9th Wonder _ The Wonder Years
Known for his seamless sampling, 9th doesn't disappoint on his first official album featuring a who's who of backpack rap. See "Enjoy," "Hearing the Melody," "No Pretending."
Allstar Weekend _ All the Way
Silly electropop courtesy of Disney.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa _ Don't Explain
Scorching blues set, highly recommended for fans of the genre.
Bill Frisell _ All We Are Saying
Legendary guitarist offers up his gorgeous instrumental takes on Beatles classics.
Blink 182 _ Neighborhoods
Former pop-punk kings return with (somewhat) adult material, too bad Tom Delonge still sings like he's mid-puberty.
Carolina Liar _ Wild Blessed Freedom
TV darlings play slippery smooth pop rock.
Chickenfoot _ Chickenfoot III
Sammy Hagar and Co rock sans inspiration.
Daryl Hall _ Laughing Down Crying
Great pop tunes, mildly stuck in the '80's.
Dum Dum Girls _ Only In Dreams
Critically acclaimed LA noise rockers play standard rock'n'roll on their sophomore LP.
Everclear _ Return to Santa Monica
Troubled pop heroes play their biggest hits and toss in a few hit/miss covers for good measure.
Evidence _ Cats & Dogs
Dilated Peoples star steps out on his own with solid results.
Harold Budd _ In the Mist
Veteran avant-garde American composer plays a minimalist, experimental set.
J Cole _ Cole World: Sideline Story
Up and coming NC rapper proves he's better than 96% of his peers in the mainstream. See "Lights Please," "Nobody's Perfect."
Johnny Winter _ Roots
American blues legend features some impressive guests on his latest set of classic blues.
John Scofield _ A Moment's Peace
Aptly named effort from American Jazz guitar virtuoso.
Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations _ Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations
American singer adds Spanish instrumentation and new life to his laid back folk.
Kasabian _ Velociraptor
English rockers are weirder than ever on their latest.
Mastodon _ The Hunter
Badass Atlanta prog-metal.
Maylene & The Sons of Disaster
Impressive, country-tinged hard-rock, by far the genre's best in recent memory.
**Phonte _ Charity Starts at Home
Gritty, intelligent rap from one of the most underrated rappers ever.
Steven Wilson _ Grace For Drowning
Porcupine Tree leader plays lazy folk on his second solo release.
The Bangles _ Sweetheart of the Sun
80's heroes haven't changed a beat.
Van Hunt _ What Were You Hoping For?
Bizarre experimental soul/rock/R&B from LA.
Warbringer _ Worlds Torn Asunder
LA thrash metal.
Wilco _ The Whole Love
Indie gods play fun, upbeat folk/rock on their latest. See "Dawned On Me," "Born Alone," "Capitol City."