JUNE 11, 2013
Andrew Stockdale – Keep Moving (Caroline)
Singer-songwriter breaks free from his Wolfmother pack with this self-produced, debut solo effort. The Australian musician spent three years cultivating the 16 tracks that continue on with the searing, hard-rock sound of his former band while highlighting his unique voice. See him perform the songs live on Aug. 25 at the Troubadour.
Beans on Toast – Fishing for a Thank You (Xtra Mile)
The critically lauded British singer-songwriter (aka Jay McAllister) is so much more than your average folk singer. The modern one-man band is a true DIY artist, who sings of love, drugs, religion and protest as passionately as he describes nights in pubs and "Angry Birds." His latest effort, which is also his fourth album, is brutally honest on tracks like "Papa Jay" and "Beer and a Burger," and they're oh so enjoyable.
CSS – Planta (SQE)
The Brazilian quartet returns with their fourth full-length, a high-energy collection of dance gems produced by David Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold). From soaring opening track "Honey" and bass thumping "Teenage Tiger Cat" to "Dynamite" featuring the Gossip's Hannah Blilie and "Hangover," which was co-written with Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the ladies of of Cansei de Ser Sexy continue to get you moving. Join their dance party at the Fonda June 15.
Jimmy Eat World – Damage (RCA)
It's a bit hard to believe that it's been over 12 years since the Arizona foursome's fourth album, Bleed American, propelled them into the international spotlight. Still going strong with their seventh studio album, produced by the band and Alain Johannes and their first for RCA, the band just played the 2013 KROQ Weenie Roast and is about to embark on a world tour that includes a Sept. 28 stop at the Palladium. Damage's 10 songs don't depart from the group's signature sound and mostly deal with the emotions that occur when relationships come to a close.
The Lonely Island – The Wack Album (Republic)
The hilarious trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone release their latest collection of comedic raps that kicked off with lead single "YOLO," featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar. A slew of other guests on the album include Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Robyn, Too $hort, Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lady Gaga and "Dick in a Box" collaborator Justin Timberlake. Be warned that you'll need a box of tissues since you'll be crying laughing at several, if not all, of the songs.
Mick Harvey – FOUR (Acts of Love) (Mute)
The former Bad Seed and PJ Harvey collaborator presents his sixth solo effort, the follow-up to 2011's Sketches from the Book of the Dead. The album delves into the subject of romantic love – it's loss, re-awakening and our ongoing struggles with it – in three acts (Summertime in New York, The Story of Love and Wild Hearts Run Out of Time). Recorded in Australia, FOUR is mainly comprised of his original compositions, but it also features a song collaboration with Harvey and covers that include the Saints' "The Story of Love," Roy Orbison's "Wild Hearts (Run Out of Time)" and Van Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do."
Also available: The 88's Fortune Teller; Action Bronson & Harry Fraud's Saab Stories; Alison Moyet's the minutes; The Almost's Fear Inside Our Bones; Aoife O'Donovan's Fossils; Avenues' Post Cards From Ann Arbor; Ariez Onasis' Theme Music; Big D and the Kids Table's Stomp and Stroll; Big Time Rush's 24/seven; The Black Dahlia Murder's Everblack; Black Sabbath's 13; Boards of Canada's Tomorrow's Harvest; Bob Schneider's Burden of Proof; BoySetsFire's While a Nation Sleeps; British Electric Foundation's Music of Quality & Distinction Volume 3 – Dark; Carmen Souza's Kachupada; Case Studies' This is Another Life; Children of Bodom's Halo of Blood; Chrisette Michele's Better; Coma Cinema's Posthumous Release; Covenant's Last Dance; Dalhous' An Ambassador for Laing; Davell Crawford's My Gift to You; Deafheaven's Sunbather; Dennis Callaci & Simon Joyner's New Secrets; Disclosure's Settle; Emilio Rojas' No Shame… No Regrets; Emily Wells' Mama Acoustic Recordings; Emily's Army's Lost at Seventeen; Evile's Skull; Fat Tony's Smart Ass Black Boy; Goo Goo Dolls' Magnetic; Harry Connick Jr's Every Man Should Know; I the Mighty's Satori; Jan St. Werner's Blaze Colour Burn; Jarren Benton's My Grandma's Basement; Jason Isbell's Southeastern; Jon Huertas' Grown & Sexy Music; Koko Blue's Crosses and Planks; Lee Majors' G Slaps Radio Vol. 4; Lust for Youth's Perfect View; Mixhell's Spaces; Modern Day Escape's New Life; The Orb & Lee 'Scratch' Perry's More Tales from the Orbservatory; Philip Lawrence's Letters I Never Sent; Prodigy & Alchemist's Albert Einstein; Soko's I Thought I Was an Alien; Sonny & the Sunsets' Antenna to the Afterworld; Sorrow's Dreamstone; Summoning's Old Mornings Dawn; Surfer Blood's Pythons; The White Mandigos' The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me
Film: Sam Raimi directs James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz in Oz: The Great and Powerful; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the bounty hunter siblings; Dwayne Johnson plays a father who goes undercover in order to free his son in Snitch, which also features Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt.
TV: Betty & Corretta; Burn Notice: Season Six; Fairly Legal: Season Two; Ghost Hunters: Season 8, Part 2; House of Cards: The Complete First Season; Major Crimes: The Complete First Season; Necessary Roughness: Season Two; The Newsroom: The Complete First Season; Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Third Season; Wedding Band: The Complete First Season
Music: Legends of the Canyon; Paul McCartney and Wings' Rockshow; Grateful Dead's View From the Vault and View From the Vault II
Also available: 9 Miles Down; 11 Flowers; 21 Brothers; The Abduction of Eden; Absolute Deception; Apartment 1303; Clip; Dead Man's Burden; Deceitful; Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder; Fred Won't Move Out; How to Survive a Plague; In Organic We Trust; Killing Lincoln; Knife Fight; The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg; The Magic Flute; Men to Kiss; Mumia: Labor of Love; Long Distance Revolutionary; Ninja III: The Domination; Running Scared; Santorini Blue; Save the Date; The Taste of Money; Tosh.0: Cardigans Plus Casual Jackets; The Unbroken; Wild Strawberries (Criterion Collection); Wrong