Ensemble Pearl, Ensemble Pearl (Drag City) Sunn O))) and Boris collaborate on this album.
Fol Chen, The False Alarm (Asthmatic Kitty) The LA-basedband presents their third LP, with new vocalist Sinosa Loa joining producers Samuel Bing and Julian Wass. Dubbing their music "Opera House," they mix progressive beat-driven electro-pop with grand gestures and lyrically-dense story-telling. New single "I.O.U." below.
Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans) Phosphorescent is the performing moniker of Athens, Ga.-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist alt folk-experimentalist Matthew Houck; this is his sixth full-length. "Song for Zula" below.
Elvis Presley, Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite: Legacy Edition (RCA/Legacy) A double-CD package commemorating the 40th anniversary of the one-hour satellite broadcast of Elvis Presley's concert at the Honolulu International Center Arena in January 1973, viewed by over 1.5 billion people worldwide. The Legacy Edition finds both shows performed by Elvis, as released separately in 1973 (the original double-LP Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite) and 1988 (the CD The Alternate Aloha) come together in one package.
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (RCA) JT is finally returning to his post of bringing sexy back with his first of new material since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds and third full-length overall. Based on what we've heard so far, he's still got it. Boy, does he still got it... Check out the video for "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z below.
Various Artists, Love for Levon DVD/CD (Time Life Entertainment) Dozens of performers gathered at the Meadowlands Arena on October 3, 2012, to pay tribute to The Band's late drummer, singer-songwriter and mandolin player Levon Helm (who passed away early last year) while raising money for the ongoing Midnight Ramble series of concerts still held at The Barn, Helm's home-studio in Woodstock, N.Y. Bassist Don Was directed the concert, which features performances of classic band hits like "Up On Crippled Creek," "The Shape I m In," "Life is a Carnival," "Ophelia," "The Weight," "Rag Mamma Rag," "I Ain t Got No Home," and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," in solos and duets by Greg Allman, Warren Haynes, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussain, John Prine, Bruce Hornsby, Jakob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Mike Gordon, Grace Potter, Ray LaMontagne, John Mayer, Joe Walsh, Robert Randolph, My Morning Jacket, Roger Waters and others.
Third wave March. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
The Black Crowes, Wiser For the Time (Silver Arrow/Megaforce) A vinyl and digital release featuring 26 songs — 15 acoustic and 11 electric — from the band’s five-night, sold-out New York City performances in the fall of 2010. The band returns to the road this spring and stops at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Tues., April 30, with Chris and Rich Robinson, Steve Gorman, Sven Pipien and Adam MacDougall joined by "our good friend Jackie Greene" on guitar and vocals. Listen to "Under a Mountain" below.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Specter at the Feast (Abstract Dragon/Vagrant) The grinding, guitar-roaring garage-blues-psych rock band BRMC mourns late mentor and producer Michael Been (and in bassist Robert Levon Been, a father) on their hugely anticipated seventh studio full-length, its recording following his untimely death in 2010. Rolling Stone has already deemed it superb and noted, "it captures the group not only at their fiery best ('Rival,' 'Teenage Disease'), but also at their most emotionally open on the sweet 'Lullaby' and the gorgeous 'Returning.'" Check out "Let the Day Begin" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...