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DAVID BYRNEAMERICAN UTOPIAReleased Friday, March 09, 2018
Price: $14.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
If a brain in a jar could observe the world, make sense of it and churn it into a batch of songs, it would make the album American Utopia. This brilliantly analytical album is from David Byrne an American treasure, an artistic thinker and creator responsible, in part, for the some of the most memorable and distinctive music of the past 40 years. His albums and myriad other projects have been made possible by a lifetime of collaborators that include Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison of the band Talking Heads, his now four-decade friendship with producer Brian Eno and, more recently, with the artists St. Vincent and Fatboy Slim. American Utopia is billed as David Byrne's first solo album since 2004. But solo in his case doesn't mean alone; it means 'Everybody's Coming to My House,' the title of the album's penultimate track and an apt description of the record's cast of characters.


DECEMBERISTSI'LL BE YOUR GIRLReleased Friday, March 16, 2018
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
I'll Be Your Girl, the group's eighth album in 17 years, doesn't upend every weapon in The Decemberists' arsenal: Colin Meloy still writes disarming, thematically ambitious songs while maintaining a thick fatalistic streak. But the record does steer its sound in unexpected directions, thanks in part to new producer John Congleton, who's known for his dense and busy arrangements. Especially in the album's first half, the new songs often revolve around the smeared-out thrum and menacing pulse of Jenny Conlee's synths, which conjure images of many '70s and '80s pop stalwarts. As a lyricist, Meloy seems emboldened on I'll Be Your Girl, especially in dark, self-explanatorily titled barnburners like 'Everything Is Awful' - surely the jauntiest song ever to bear that title - and 'We All Die Young.' The latter is especially rousing, with its stomping/clapping percussion, a chanting children's chorus and a saxophone solo. Elsewhere, the ambition that led The Decemberists to record a rock opera resurfaces in 'Rusalka, Rusalka/The Wild Rushes,' which builds from a plodding dirge to a grandiose, satisfying epic in the course of more than eight minutes.


GEORGE EZRASTAYING AT TAMARA'SReleased Friday, March 23, 2018
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop


GRATEFUL DEADGRATEFUL DEAD LIVE 1969-1977 BEST OFReleased Friday, March 23, 2018
Price: $17.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Rhino Records is releasing The Best of the Grateful Dead Live, a two-disc set with recordings selected from the bands official live albums on Warner Bros. and Arista, plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases, beginning with St. Stephenfrom the groups first official live album, 1969s Live/Deadand ending with So Many Roads, taken from the bands final concert at Chicagos Soldier Field in July 1995.The Best of the Grateful Dead Live will be available as a 2-CD set on March 23. The music will be available through digital and streaming services as well. On the same date, volume one of the collection will also be available on 180-gram vinyl as a 2-LP set, covering the first half of the album. Volume two on vinyl will be released at a later date.We wanted to follow up the 2015 The Best of the Grateful Dead studio set with a live counterpart, and have focused our efforts on the bands primary live albums as well as some key tracks from archival concert releases, says band archivist and producer David Lemieux in a press release. Just as there was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, there is also nothing like a live Grateful Dead recording; its no secret that as good as the Deads studio recordings were, they excelled in front of an audience, and this set provides an overview of just how great the Dead were live in concert.


ALBERT HAMMOND JRFRANCIS TROUBLEReleased Friday, March 09, 2018
Price: $11.99Rock & Pop


JIMI HENDRIXBOTH SIDES OF THE SKYReleased Friday, March 09, 2018
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Both Sides Of The Sky culls music from sessions Hendrix began in 1968 as the follow-up to Electric Ladyland but never completed as a cogent single album. Though its track list includes a tune with original Jimi Hendrix Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, the bulk of the set features the lineup that became Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. Given the high-elevation stratospheres the second great Hendrix trio visited later on, it's interesting to hear the group attend to rhythm in more foundational ways check out the way they lock into and maintain the blazing breakneck pace of 'Stepping Stone.' The steady backing allows Hendrix to tear into the massive contorted fistfuls of notes that define his solo.Hendrix was open to all kinds of ideas during this period, and some of the most interesting moments involve studio visitors. Stephen Stills sings and plays on two tracks (his original '$20 Fine' and a new Joni Mitchell tune called 'Woodstock,' which features Hendrix on bass). Johnny Winter appears as a Hendrix jousting partner on 'Things I Used To Do,' and a figure from Hendrix' pre-stardom days, the singer and saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood, steps in for 'Georgia Blues.'


KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARDPOLYGONDWANALANDReleased Friday, March 16, 2018
Price: $12.99Rock & Pop


KRAFTWERK12345678 3-DReleased Friday, March 16, 2018
Price: $13.99Eletronica &Techno


LED ZEPPELINHOW THE WEST WAS WONReleased Friday, March 23, 2018
Price: $24.99Rock & Pop


WYNTON MARSALISUNITED WE SWINGReleased Friday, March 23, 2018
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Jazz
In June 2006, John Mayer showed off his jazzy side in a guest appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual fundraising gala. The singer-guitarist teamed with trumpeter and JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and other members of the organization's house band, for a heartfelt version of 'I'm Gonna Find Another You,' a lovelorn, downtempo track that would see release on his Continuum LP that same year. Audio of the performance, which you can watch in full above, appears on United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas, an all-star compilation of live performances recorded between 2003 and 2007.Each of the album's tracks finds Marsalis & Co. backing a well-known guest on a song from their own catalog or a cover. Bob Dylan turns up for a 2004 reinterpretation of his Highway 61 Revisited classic 'It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,' arranged by Marsalis and streaming below; Lenny Kravitz appears performing 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' in 2007; Eric Clapton offers his 2003 rendition of Louis Armstrong's 'I'm Not Rough'; and James Taylor sings his own 'Mean Old Man.'


MURSSTRANGE JOURNEY IN THE UNIMAGINABLEReleased Friday, March 16, 2018
Price: $14.99 (sale priced)Rap
To celebrate his birthday, the incomparable MURS is set to drop his latest Strange Music album, A STRANGE JOURNEY INTO THE UNIMAGINABLE, on March 16th!With stellar production by Michael Seven Summers, MURS brings personally introspective and socially conscious lyricism to the fold while still maintaining his unique sense of humor, creating an album thats truly one of a kind. Heres your chance to pre-order your copy of MURS A STRANGE JOURNEY INTO THE UNIMAGINABLE featuring the singles G Lollipops, Powerful and Melancholy.This is the most important album of my career, Murs tells HipHopDX. It covers everything from grief to mumble rap. From My love for the block and To my love of comic con. And though the subject matter is diverse. Its all tied together by Sevens production. He built the entire soundscape around me. Its truly a Journey Into The unimaginable. For my fans and anyone looking for something unique and truly artistic.This is it! This wasnt built around ego or to garner a certain amount streams. This pure artistic expression. Its meant to touch the listener and latch on to them. To become a part of their journey. In an era of disposable art, my hope is that this album is proof that the spirit of true creativity is very much alive.


PRHYMEPRHYME 2 (DIG)Released Friday, March 16, 2018
Price: $14.99Rap


RATELIFF NATHANIEL & THE NIGHT SWEATSTEARING AT THE SEAMSReleased Friday, March 09, 2018
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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will return with Tearing At The Seams this spring, setting their sophomore album for a March 9 release on Stax Records. Theyve shared soothing lead single You Worry Me alongside the announcementlisten below.You Worry Me is an inviting, upbeat anthem that opens with a simple and steady piano line, expanding to encompass a minimalist guitar riff, marching bass and Rateliffs warm vocals. Im gonna leave it all out there, the singer promises, his understated delivery doing nothing to dull the songs infectious energy. Its a real pat on the back of a track, a fortifying reminder that, in the face of lifes many obstacles, all we can do is find a way to cross and keep on pushing forward, while also leaning on the loved ones who care enough about us to worry.I wantand I needeverybody to feel like theyre a part of this band, said Rateliff of the groups new album in a statement. I want them to feel like theyre contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. Weve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats and I want them all to know that its worth something.


STONE TEMPLE PILOTSSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS (2018)Released Friday, March 16, 2018
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The four-piece band once closely associated with the grunge explosion of the early 1990s with such hits as 'Creep' and 'Plush' has returned with a new self-titled album and a new lead singer, Jeff Gutt.Gutt, once a contestant on 'The X Factor,' has big shoes to fill, namely those of original frontman Scott Weiland, who was dismissed from the band amid his drug troubles, and Weiland's replacement, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who did a two-year stint with the band (both are now dead).If there are nerves, Gutt isn't showing them. The album kicks off with 'Middle of Nowhere' and Gutt sings with strutting bluster, 'There's a right way/And there's a wrong way/And then there's my way.'The 12-track album is a nice collection of straight-ahead hard rock songs, from the bluesy 'Never Enough' to the arena rocker 'Meadow.' The band isn't afraid to go slower, too, and offer two outstanding ballads, 'Thought She'd Be Mine' and 'The Art of Letting Go.'Stone Temple Pilots were often dissed by critics and fans of other bands as mere imitators of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. But they proved versatile and went on to explore other sonic terrain.So credit guitarist Dean DeLeo, his bassist brother, Robert, and drummer Eric Kretz for keeping at it. There's plenty of bad '90s recycling, but having Stone Temple Pilots banging away in your earbuds isn't one of them.


SWORDUSED FUTUREReleased Friday, March 23, 2018
Price: $13.99Metal / Goth
Used Future arrives this year to prove that panoramic, high-concept hard rock isnt dead or, if it is dead at our point in time-space, it at least maintains a vivacious existence in a universe right next door, or in a galaxy far, far away. In all the best ways, The Swords sixth full-length feels like a transmission from a techno-mystical cult who only communicate in frayed-denim guitar licks from forty-plus years ago. The album takes wing on the strength of a few heavy hitters Deadly Nightshade recalls all the seductive muscle of Mississippi Queen, Twilight Sunrise pumps up both the fuzz and the intensity, and The Wild Sky lulls with a long and stormy percussive intro before the clouds erupt into a positively thunderous midsection but Used Future really starts to shine after Intermezzo, when it opens into its more cinematically oriented posterior section (actually encompassing all but the records first ten minutes).Intermezzo itself is a brief, throbbing oddball break, not unlike Gojiras The Wild Healer from LEnfant Sauvage, but instead of lurching back into puffed-chest rock at tracks close, Sea of Green washes onto shore with breezy exotica before slinking toward a chill groove that builds into a rollicking central riff. The piano/synth melody of Nocturne would be the core theme of any lesser bands entire album (hell, the single gem in another bands entire discography), but The Sword only give it its space and then return to sunbathing on some imagined lunar beach with Dont Get Too Comfortable, a song that kicks it deeper than anything that came before (and most of what comes next). The title track is a catchy-as-hell ZZ Top twist n sway, and then we finally hear the track that birthed the albums Prelude and Reprise, the high-as-fuck cloud castle called Come and Gone. Book of Thoth rekindles the rock n roll spirit, but by the time Brown Mountain marches toward the albums conclusion, coming down from the rec


THREE DAYS GRACEOUTSIDERReleased Friday, March 09, 2018
Price: $14.99Rock & Pop


JACK WHITEBOARDING HOUSE REACH (DIG)Released Friday, March 23, 2018
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Ever since Jack White closed the book on the White Stripes at the top of the decade, he's taken his solo career into deeper and more expansive areas than he ever explored with his old band. Blunderbuss, from 2012, and 2014's Lazaretto occasionally shifted White's blues-fused garage rock to more modern playing fields. On his third solo LP, Boarding House Reach, he dives in even further.It's not a complete submersion -- the 13 tracks are still tethered to White's past -- but he finds some new shades among the familiar black and white. The opening 'Connected by Love' sets the tone with a wobbly synth ushering in a warehouse of sounds and voices over the next four and half minutes. By the time the female backing singers come in with support, the R&B overtones have bridged the past and present. Written and recorded mostly on vintage equipment while White secluded himself from the outside world, Boarding House Reach is the sound of one of modern rock's most famous curmudgeons embracing the future by doing what he does best: mining the past. Traces of funk, punk, pop, soul, gospel, blues and garage rock tear through the album like they were culled from a crate digger's weekend score. White bends a bit here and there -- this is his most contemporary-leaning album -- but there's no mistaking that Boarding House Reach was made by a guy with Stax, Muddy Waters and Led Zeppelin records in his collection.The most bracing songs -- the R&B scorcher 'Why Walk a Dog?,' the '70s-funk workout 'Corporation,' the hip-hop flex 'Ice Station Zebra,' 'Over and Over and Over,' the closest thing on Boarding House Reach to a classic White Stripes track, and the epic freak out 'Respect Commander,' think Jimi Hendrix dropped into a Radiohead song -- are as playful as anything White has recorded.


YO LA TENGOTHERE'S A RIOT GOING ONReleased Friday, March 16, 2018
Price: $15.99Rock & Pop
Bringing the real world into the music world, veterans of indie rock Yo La Tengo release their 15th full-length album There's a Riot Going On. Haunting, soft, and dreamy from beginning to end, this album explores a multitude of sounds, leaving an impression of escaping to an altered reality.Starting the album off with the sprawling instrumental track 'You Are Here,' the electric guitars and hazy drones set the tone for the next 14 songs. Tracks like 'Out of the Pool' and 'Ashes' mix their shoegaze sound with a style of funk similar to the album's namesake, Sly and the Family Stone's 1971 record There's a Riot Goin' On.Apart from the bouncier tracks, There's a Riot Going On is worthy of being the ultimate late-night album. Appropriately titled 'Dream Dream Away' does just that. Playing with psychedelic elements of ample guitar riffs and Ira Kaplan's winsome vocals leaves chills down your spine, giving us the sense of being left in a liminal space.The more wistful tracks, such as 'For You Too' and 'Shades of Blue,' offer listeners an aural remedy for the heavy-hearted. Georgia Hubley mulls over heartbreak and isolation as she hypnotically sings: 'Painting my room to reflect my mood / Facing my feelings, a life without you.' By the time you get lost in their powerful sound, these lyrically abstract songs transmit warmth and healing.