This far into their career, you could forgive the Meat Puppets if they decided to coast on such past triumphs as Meat Puppets II, Up on the Sun, and Too High to Die (and such classic tunes as “Lake of Fire,” “Plateau,” and “Backwater”). No chance, buddy. As heard throughout their brand new album, Rat Farm (released April 15th via Megaforce Records) the four-decade old band is as vital a force as ever. And the band – which consists of singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, bassist Cris Kirkwood, drummer Shandon Sahm, and new addition on second guitar, Elmo Kirkwood (Curt’s son) – will be supporting their new release by once again hitting the road hard, come the springtime.
Manchester’s finest make a welcome return with ‘La Petite Mort’, the first full length studio album in 6 years. Produced by Max Dingel (Killers. Muse, White Lies) and written as ever, by the band, with Tim Booth lyrics, this new disc ranks among their finest in their 30 year career.
Peter Murphy returns with brand-new music late this spring as he releases his much-anticipated 10th album Lion, an 11-track collection produced by Killing Joke bassist Youth that the former Bauhaus frontman previewed in rough form over the PA before concerts on his 2013 tour and at a $750-a-head listening party in Los Angeles last fall.
The Black Crowes may have gone on hiatus (and then off of it), but the band’s guitarist Rich Robinson never stopped making music. He co-founded the group with his brother Chris and drummer Steve Gorman in Atlanta in the late Eighties and went on to release his own albums in 2004 and 2011. On June 3rd, he’ll return with his third solo flight, The Ceaseless Sight (Circle Sound/The End Records).
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bob Mould was initially a member of Hüsker Dü, one of the most influential American bands of the ’80s. Hüsker Dü was a post-hardcore punk band that helped define the sound and ideals of alternative rock. After Hüsker Dü broke up, Mould signed a solo contract with Virgin Records in 1988.Beauty & Ruin is his 11th solo album via Merge Records.
Steve Moakler is the real deal, artistic integrity with a clear vision of who he is and where he wants to be. Wide Open is one of those rare releases that is consistent in quality yet diverse in presentation. Remember the name Steve Moakler, he is not going away anytime soon!
The new album features 12 new songs including 10 originals. Walter reunites with John Mayall on the title track The Blues Came Callin’ along with Mayall’s Piano Boogie. Walter searches his soul on this album and lays it bare allowing new appreciation for life. The blues comes full circle; both as a reflective statement about his life and career, and as an all-penetrating desire to get back on stage and do what he loves most. This is the jewel case version.
Sparse, soulful, and contemplative, Dog My Cat highlights Harry’s brilliant mastery of the lap slide guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals, not to mention the unique Mohan Veena – a 20-string Indian slide guitar. Recorded in a single 11-hour studio session with only harmonica and occasional guitar solo overdubs, Dog My Cat captured the attention of music peers, fans and reviewers. The Canadian Independent Music Awards voted it as the Best Blues Album of the Year in 2002 while the same year the Toronto Blues Society nominated it as Blues Album of the Year.
Recorded in Amy’s adopted hometown of Memphis, TN and produced by Paul Taylor, This World Is Not My Home features Amy on vocals/stand-up bass, Jimbo Mathus (acoustic & electric guitar). Jim Dickinson (piano), Tommy “T-Bone” Burroughs (fiddle/mandolin), Paul Buchignani (drums), Forest Parker (pedal steel), Tony Thomas (accordian), Jason Freeman (acoustic/eclectric guitar) and Paul Taylor (percussion/ukulele/acoustic & electric guitar/mellotron/washtub bass). The 10 original tracks on the album, 5 written by Amy, showcase her moody distillation of traditional country, artful rock and cool jazz that shatters the expectations of the genres.