In Stores Now 5/15

Older acts dominated this week’s batch of new releases, but a standout LP from a new band is the sophomore release from L.A. duo Girlpool. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the album “finds them recording with a full band for the first time, and the end result is a more muscular and fully realized take on the band’s stripped-down, lo-fi folk-pop, combining buzzing guitars and sturdy rhythms with their hushed harmonies and intimate lyrics.”

On the other end of the spectrum is a new release from veteran Memphis soul singer/songwriter, Don Bryant. It’s a “potent set of old-school southern soul combining a warm sound featuring stellar accompaniment including five members of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section with Bryant’s grainy vocals and lovelorn lyrics. (Bryant was a staff songwriter for Hi Records in the 1970s. His most famous song is “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” made famous by his soon-to-be wife Ann Peebles. This album was recorded in her honor.)” Veteran multi-instrumentallist/singer/songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren delivers “a typically eccentric and varied set ranging from slinky electro-pop and bumping funk to ’80s yacht rock and more. The diverse guest lineup ranges from Dam-Funk, Robyn, Bettye LaVette and Trent Reznor to Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall and Joe Satriani.” And, Paul Weller, former frontman for The Jam, releases his 13th full-length solo album, which features guest appearances from PP Arnold, Madeleine Bell, Boy George, The Strypes’ guitarist Josh McClorey, and Soft Machine’s Robert Wyatt.

Mod ’60s band The Creation release a five-disc box set, with four discs of music and a DVD that includes an interview with guitarist Eddie Phillips and various live performances, including appearances on the legendary German 60s TV show Beat Beat Beat. And veteran Athens, Georgia-based band Elf Power release their 13th LP, a release that keeps in time with their Elephant 6-psych beginnings.


(Various Artists) Arthur Gee-Whizz Band – “Sunday Sherry”
from Sing It High, Sing It Low: Tumbleweed Records 1971-1973 on Light in the Attic Records

The Creation
from Creation Theory on Edsel

Diagrams – “I Tell Myself”
from Dorothy on Bookshop Records

Dion – “Baby, I’m In the Mood for You”
from Kickin Child: Lost Columbia Album 1965 on Norton

Don Bryant – “How Do I Get There?”
from Don’t Give Up on Love on Fat Possum

DREAMCAR – “Kill for Candy”
from DREAMCAR on Columbia / Sony Music

Elf Power – “Halloween out Walking”
from Twitching in Time on Orange Twin

Ellen Allien – “Jack My Ass”
from Nost on BPitch Control

Girlpool – “It Gets More Blue”
from Powerplant on Anti-

Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
from Harry Styles on Columbia / Sony Music

Hazel English – “Fix”
from Just Give In/Never Going Home on Polyvinyl

Jazzmeia Horn
from Social Call on Fantasy / Prestige

Joey Agresta – “I Won’t Give Up (Featuring Palberta)”
from Let’s Not Talk About Music on Wharf Cat Records

Juanes – “El Ratico (feat. Kali Uchis)”
from Mis Planes Son Amarte on Universal

L.A. Takedown – “Bad Night At Black‚Äôs Beach”
from II on Ribbon Music

La Santa Cecilia – “(En Vivo) [feat. Comisario Pantera]”
from Amar y Vivir on Rebelon Entertainment / Universal

LP – “Lost On You”
from Lost on You on Vagrant

Machine Gun Kelly – “The Gunner”
from Bloom on Bad Boy / Interscope / Polydor

New Kids on the Block – “Heartbeat”
from Thankful on NKOTB Music

Overlake – “Unnamed November”
from Fall on Bar/None Records

Paramore – “Rose-Colored Boy”
from After Laughter on Atlantic / Fueled by Ramen Records

Paul Weller – “Nova”
from A Kind Revolution on Parlophone

Seether – “Let You Down”
from Poison the Parish on Canine Riot / Fantasy

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – “Smoker’s Paradise”
from Enjoy the Great Outdoors on Run for Cover Records

Sunshine & the Rain – “Take Me out Again”
from In the Darkness of My Night on Ernest Jenning

Todd Rundgren – “I Got Your Back (feat. Dam Funk & KK Watson)”
from White Knight on Cleopatra

Will Stratton – “Some Ride”
from Rosewood Almanac on Bella Union

Zac Brown Band – “Real Thing”
from Welcome Home on Atlantic / Elektra

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