Going to one or both weekends of ACL Fest? Make sure to stop by the Waterloo Records Festival Tent to get a chance to meet and greet some of your favorite performers, pick up their latest release and get it autographed! See our autograph signing schedule below, note that some artists are only signing for one of the two weekends.
Lucinda Williams' new album is her most ambitious release to date. Twenty + songs were recorded off and on between September of 2013 through March of 2014. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone finds Lucinda tapping into her southern roots for this double album. The songs are amplified by a range of musical talents that include Greg Leisz, Tony Joe White, Pete Thomas, Gia Ciambotti, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan. The album is available now and you can preview the album which includes the single Something Wicked This Way Comes right here.
Prince returns with not one but two albums this week, the first, Art Official Age is a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton. Sonically the record is a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk. The melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and Prince’s vocals are rich and solid, taking full advantage of his vocal range with decidedly, seductive lyrics. His second album Plectrumelectrum is a classic band record, with 3rdEyeGirl which includes Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass). Recorded live and in analog the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement.
The new album Mended With Gold from The Rural Alberta Advantage makes it clear that The RAA have reached the next level. Two key elements led to the band composing the most fully-realized work of their career: the band’s road warrior status and the chance to take full advantage of their time in the studio this time around. The trio spent months shaping the songs, sometimes first on keyboard, then guitar (and visa versa), and taking others on the road to workshop live. The album is available now and you can watch the amazing video which captures the band at their best while on a recent tour here.
Oscar and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge releases her latest studio album This is ME. For the vibrant collection, Etheridge teamed with some of the most creative, inventive figures on the music scene: Jerrod Bettis (Adele, One Republic, Eric Hutchinson, Gavin DeGraw), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’Naan, Selena Gomez), Jerry Wonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige, Akon) and Roccstar (Usher, Chris Brown) at the forefront. Recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the album features 11 new songs all written or co-written by Melissa Etheridge. The album is available now and you can watch the video for her single Take My Number here.
Called “the most danceable break up record ever” by LA Weekly, Phantom was recorded in Madi Diaz’s newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko, Active Child) and mixed by John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios. The album’s 11 tracks expand upon Madi’s brand of sophisticated indie pop songs, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. The album is available now and you can preview the album as well as take a look at her video for the amazing track Stay Together here.
Plus there are other great, new releases including Blake Shelton who following 2013's platinum-selling Based on a True Story..., retains his producer of choice, Scott Hendricks, for these sessions. Despite its title, Bringing Back the Sunshine is a grittier offering than his previous couple of albums, but thematically the songs call on his experience of growing up in a small Oklahoma town. Seven-time Grammy winning trio Lady Antebellum's fifth studio album 747 is released this week. Nathan Champman co-produced the album with Lady A for the Capitol Records Nashville release. In The Valley Below's fantastic debut album The Belt which included the breakout summer hit 'Peaches' is now available on vinyl and you can check out the video for the track as well as preview the album here. Multi-platinum Dublin rockers The Script release their much anticipated 4th studio effort called No Sound Without Silence. Charlottesville, Virginia brothers Abe, James and Sam Wilson (aka, rock outfit Sons of Bill) release their superb new album Love and Logic via Thirty Tigers. Flying Colors is the talent-ridden supergroup consisting of guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, bass player Dave LaRue and the comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson. The band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting in their new album, Second Nature. On the follow-up to his tender, Baroque-infused debut Lysandre, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens takes a different path with the country-infused A New Testament. And (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, the follow-up to debut album Definitely Maybe, is Oasis' biggest-selling album with 22 million copies sold worldwide. It was recorded between May and June 1995 in Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. Released on October 2nd 1995 it spent 10 weeks at No.1, is the 5th biggest-selling album in UK chart history and became the band's breakthrough album in the US where it sold 4 million copies. The new edition has been remastered from the original tapes by Ian Cooper at London's Metropolis Studios, supervised by the album's producer Owen Morris. The album is also available as a Single Disc Remasterd Version, Remastered Vinyl and a Deluxe Vinyl Box Set.
Plus, South Park Mexican, Herb Alpert, Pieta Brown, Kat Edmonson, Colbie Caillat, Bryan Adams, Steve Aoki, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Gerard Way, Electric Wizard, Jerry Garcia, Tove Lo, Robin Gibb, Abba, Electric Youth, Team Spirit, Genesis, Finch, Jon Lord, Stiff Little Fingers, Hot Rize and Between The Buried and Me.
Bush release their new single Man On The Run which is taken from their new album of the same name Man On The Run which is due to drop 10/21 and is available for pre-order now. Hoodie Allen releases Numbers ahead of his new album People Keep Talking (Due 10/14).
Australian producer Chet Faker's latest single Gold is pure audio delight and now thanks to the Hiro Murai-directed video it is also a pure visual delight. Known for providing memorable videos (check out his previous offerings to see what we mean) Chet (real name Nick Murphy) has surpassed them all with his latest offering which features intricate choreography, perfectly performed by three stunning roller-skaters as they gracefully roll down a deserted highway. With over 1.9 Million views already this is a video you simply must watch. The single is taken from Chet's recent stunning release Built on Glass, which you can grab your copy of right here.
LOOKING AHEAD OUT NEXT WEEK
Looking ahead to next week's chart, we are excited to present an Early Listen for The Barr Brothers. 'Sleeping Operator' represents an immense creative output. The group, featuring brothers Brad on guitar/vocals and Andrew on drums, classical harpist Sarah Pagé, and pianist/bassist Andrès Vial, recorded 40 tracks in the process of making this record. The 13 songs on 'Sleeping Operator' are meditative and explosive, exploring the far reaches of folk laced with West African influences, hypnotic modernist pulsing and beyond. While the record extends into cinematic and other-worldly territories, it maintains a campfire-like intimacy throughout. The album is available now for Pre-Order and you can preview the album and watch the video for their single Half Crazy here.
Weatherhouse is the sophomore solo album from Radiohead's drummer Philip Selway, and the follow-up to 2010's Familial. A more complex and involving album than his mostly acoustic debut, Weatherhouse, has something of the feel of latter-day Radiohead or Yorke's solo work but with an uncategorizable '80s/'90s melodic twist. The single "Coming Up for Air" is included. The album is available now for Pre-Order and you can preview the album and watch the video for his latest single It Will End In Tears here.
SIXX: A.M., the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album, Modern Vintage, on October 7. Says Sixx: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on 'Gotta Get It Right' and the rest of 'Modern Vintage', having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again." The album is available now for Pre-Order and you can preview the album and watch the album's making of video in which they discuss the new album and their latest single 'Gotta Get it Right' here.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.