Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Bela Fleck is the only musician to be nominated for Grammys® in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, christian, composition and world music categories. His totalcount is 11 Grammys® won, and 27 total nominations. Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ drumitarist Roy Futureman Wooten. Far from being a wistful trip back in time, the album sees the Grammy® Award-winning quartet
creating some of the most forward thinking music of their long, storied career.
Ben Harper, is no stranger to collaboration, having released multiple albums with groups like Relentless7, Fistful of Mercy, and the Innocent Criminals. On Give Till It’s Gone, though, he returns to the solo game for the first time since 2006’s Both Sides of the Gun. That’s not to say this is a one-man affair; Ringo Starr claims co-writing credits on two songs, and Jackson Browne lends his harmony vocals on “Pray That Our Love Sees the Dawn.”
Danger Mouse, Five years in the making, Rome, the producer extraordinaire’s pet project with Daniele Luppi, is inspired by Italian film scores from the 1960s and features guest vocalists Norah Jones and Jack White.
Face To Face, the seventh album from this veteran Punk band and their first since 2002. During their initial 12 year run, Face To Face became one of the seminal and influential Punk Rock bands to come out of California, along with Blink-182, Green Day, Bad Religion, The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, No Use for a Name, Lagwagon, The Vandals, Guttermouth, Good Riddance, and others.
Hank Williams III, had a contentious and turbulent relationship with Nashville’s Curb Records during his 14-year run at the label, a run that ended at the first of the year in 2011 when Williams departed, taking his fiery brand of “hellbilly” elsewhere — but he left behind some unfinished business, most notably the unreleased album This Ain’t Country, the oft-bootlegged project that started the acrimony between Williams and Curb in the first place. Curb has now packaged it, along with some additional unreleased material, and put it out on the market as Hillbilly Joker, a move that hasn’t pleased Williams but finally gives everyone else a chance to see and hear what all the fuss was about.
Moby, With DESTROYED,Moby introduces the listener to the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is not often exposed — the time spent isolated in anonymous,mundane hotel rooms,airports,and backstage waiting areas. These experiences are then juxtaposed with moments of intense beauty and excitement,such as the connection that can be felt with an audience.With touring comes extensive worldwide travel,and Moby has fallen prey to insomnia most of his adult life,a condition he turns to his advantage.All of the songs on DESTROYED were written by Moby on the road during the small hours of the night,when his insomnia was in full tilt.The silent urban nightscapes provided much inspiration for this album. To illustrate the music on DESTROYED,a book of the same name with 55 of Moby’s photographs will be released simultaneously.These shots were taken around the world while he was on tour,illustrating the sense of contrasting emotions Moby feels during that time.
Queens Of The Stone Age, fully remastered from the original tapes and has been expanded by three tracks on both CD and double viny. The Bronze & These Aren t the Droids You re Looking For (from the a split EP from 98) and Spiders and Vinegaroons which was part of the posthumous Kyuss/QOTSA split EP. The vinyl is a double vinyl deluxe gatefold package that will also include a free digital download as well.
Seether, Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Seether definitely had an all-star player on its team for Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray in the form of producer Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, Pearl Jam). Seether fans identify the band with songs that are not only sonically heavy but which also carry a lyrical emotional heft. Rest assured that those qualities are still intact on Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray. “Down” providing a fantastic showcase for John Humphrey’s Bonham-esque drumming along with “Desire for Need” (on which Morgan falls back on the aggressive vocal delivery) prove that Seether have not strayed too far from what fans recognize as the band’s aural identity. “Master of Disaster” also retains the original Seether imprint while introducing new musical elements, which the band set out to do with each song, “so people wouldn t know what to expect,” Morgan interjects. “When we make a new album, it has to be superior to the previous one; otherwise we re wasting everyone’s time.
Sick Puppies, Tri-Polar Deluxe is a 24-track double disc album combining Sick Puppies’ critically acclaimed sophomore release Tri-Polar with Polar Opposite. Polar Opposite was produced by Rock Mafia, and features re-imagined tracks from the band’s Tri-polar as well as their first hit “All The Same” from their debut album. Tri-Polar Deluxe also features 3 rare B-side tracks “Dead Space,” “Pretender” and “Til Something Breaks” as well as the never before released song “Monsters”
Warrant, is one of the most popular and successful American hard rock bands to come out of the Los Angeles Music scene. The band’s new studio album is produced by Keith Olsen (Scorpions, Whitesnake, 38 Special, Night Ranger). Bass player Jerry Dixon commented: “I really think we captured a perfect mix of the past and present on the this record. Each song has iths own vibe that’s going to take people on a kick-ass Warrent ride. There’s enough 80’s influence on songs like Tears in the City & Sex Ain’t Love to keep the die-hard Warrent fans rocking while introducing them to new material”
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