Allah-Lahs – Worship The Sun CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Worship The Sun expands the sound established by the Allah-Lahs’ maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock, Latin percussion and electric folk. The album is richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, evocative of L.A.’s storied past full of beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads, remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip, golden tans and cosmic sunsets.
Mike Auldridge/Jerry Douglas/Rob Ickes – Three Bells CD (Rounder)
Three Bells is a collaboration between Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge (The Seldom Scene), and Rob Ickes (Blue Highway).
Marco Benevento – Swift CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Marco Benevento is used to doing things for himself. Since launching his solo career six years ago, Benevento has co-founded the label that releases his music, The Royal Potato Family, and built the studio, Fred Short Sound, where he works whenever he s not on the road. He’s written, arranged and played his largely instrumental anthems, leading a band from behind his customized piano and a tiny armada of drum-machines and sequencers, keyboards and pedals. But until Benevento set out to complete his fifth solo album, he’d never sung his own songs, a strange omission for music that s so often been lyrical. That changes decisively, assuredly, triumphantly on Swift, the boldest and most bracing album of Benevento’s career.
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be A Woman CD (Dine Alone)
Harkening back to punk rock’s glory days of the ‘70s, Broncho captures the aggression, authenticity and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era. With echoes of The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones, Broncho is a blisteringly cathartic flash of gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter Ryan Lindsey’s aggressive, yelping vocal work. Vinyl version due October 7.
Chris Brown – X CD (RCA)
New album from the R&B superstar. The production team for X includes Grammy-winning producer Timbaland (David Guetta, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas) and Danja (Mary J. Blige, P!nk), both of whom worked on 2012′s chart-topping album Fortune. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks. Continue reading