This Week in Music, May 14, 2013: Vampire Weekend’s sonic getaway Page 2
Other new releases
The Del-Lords: Elvis Club (GB Music/RED)
Their first album in 23 years. In the photo above (left to right), founders Frank Funaro, Scott Kempner, and Eric Ambel are joined by new bassist Michael DuClos.
Amy Grant: How Mercy Looks from Here (Amy Grant/Universal)
Her first all-new set in 10 years, with guests including Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, and Carole King.
Demi Lovato: Demi (Hollywood)
Album No. 4 from the pop princess (now age 20).
George Strait: Love Is Everything (MCA Nashville)
Album No. 40 — repeat, forty — from the country king (now age 60; his next birthday is Saturday).
Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon (Columbia)
Full-length debut from U.K. singer/songwriter with Caribbean background. Said Jon Pareles of The New York Times re: the material at one of her SXSW appearances this year: “polished and unconventionally structured songs that suggested Joan Armatrading by way of Cecil B. DeMille.”
Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall (Sony Masterworks)
Press release: “Re-imagines Americana, combining classic spirituals and original tunes.” Eperanza Spalding sings on three numbers.
Tea Leaf Green: In the Wake (Greenhouse/Thirty Tigers)
Press release: What was once a “jam-minded party band” now plays “brawny but hooky classic rock & roll.”
Randall Bramblett: The Bright Spots (New West)
Scott Tournet: Ver La Luz (Illusion Tournet)
Lead guitarist of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
Andy Cato: Times & Places (Apollo/R&S)
Half of Groove Armada.
The Boxer Rebellion: Promises (Absentee)
Fourth studio album from indie-rock quartet.
The Dillinger Escape Plan: One of Us Is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
Fifth studio album from Jersey-bred mathcore quintet.
Greta Gaines: Lighthouse & the Impossible Love (Big Air)
Fifth studio album from Nashville-based singer/songwriter.
Eluvium: Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Ambient/baroque artist Matthew Cooper delivers double album.
Here Come the Mummies: Cryptic (Sphinxter)
R&B/funk-rock outfit — whose outfits onstage are mummy bandages. Disguised/anonymous members include Eddie Mummy, K.W. Tut, and Mummy Cass.
Christian McBride + Inside Straight: People Music (Mack Avenue)
Jazz bassist’s acoustic group.
Will Calhoun: Life in This World (Motéma)
Living Colour drummer returns to his jazz roots, with the assistance of Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, Marc Cary, Charnett Moffett, John Benitez, and Malian musician Cheick Tidiane Seck.