New Release Corner: Friday the 13th Edition
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Blink-182 - Nine (Columbia)
Twenty years after achieving peak pop-punk with breakthrough album “Enema of the State,” this trio strives to speak to 21st century audiences by mixing in elements of hiphop and electronica into the guitar-bass-drums formula. We guess this is growing up.
Chastity Belt - Chastity Belt (Hardly Art)
This Washington State indie band’s fourth album gets the self-titled treatment, indicating that perhaps it’s a defining piece of work. With jangly guitars and haunting vocals, it’s a sound that we’ve all heard before, but rarely this well done.
Samantha Fish - Kill or be Kind (Rounder)
This Missouri singer-songwriter plays Chicago-style blues - upbeat, danceable and with high-voltage licks blasting out of her guitar amp.
Liam Gallagher - Why Me? Why Not (Warner)
Fans keep hoping for an Oasis reunion, but as long as singer Liam keeps putting out ‘90s-style studio pop, and brother Noel does the same with his band, listeners may eventually realize that vision they keep having is actually a mirage.
Hiss Golden Messenger - Terms of Surrender (Merge)
On his 11th studio album, M.C. Taylor (aka Hiss) sings about parenting and other matters of life and living and the pieces that collectively form existence. And then he delivers it all sonically into your soul in a way that fills a space you didn’t know was there.
Brittany Howard - Jaime (ATO)
After two albums fronting Alabama Shakes, this singer ventures into some new territory, with a debut solo album that mixes R&B, hiphop and blues to form some mind-blowing modern soul.
Mudhoney - Morning in America (Sub Pop)
Seven outtakes from the sessions for the veteran Seattle band’s 2018 album, “Digital Garbage.” Because grunge will never die.
Robbie Robertson - Sinematic (UMe)
Some of the songs here were written for Martin Scorsese’s new film, “The Irishman.” Others are Robertson’s rare forays into the autobiographical, appropriate for a career musician who is deep into writing his memoirs. In either case, there are stories to be told and heard.
Poncho Sanchez - Trane’s Delight (Concord Picante)
The Latin percussionist pays tribute to John Coltrane with cover tunes and new compositions honoring his influence. From one jazz legend to another.
Zac Brown Band - The Owl (BMG)
This creative country outfit likes to push boundaries. In today’s Nashville, those boundaries are pretty tight, with little more than songs about pickup trucks and parties allowed. But on this album, Brown sings about pain and heartache, like the old days of country music, for when the party’s over and the pickup’s out of gas.