This Week in Music, May 7, 2013: Natalie Maines — ready to make rock? Page 2
Other new releases
She & Him: Vol. 3 (Merge; photo above by Autumn de Wilde)
Him continues to be M. Ward. She continues to be Zooey Deschanel (who continues to be the star of Fox’s New Girl.) Among the 14 tracks on Vol. 3 are 11 Deschanel originals. Among the guests: Mike Watt, Tilly and the Wall, NRBQ co-founder Joey Spampinato, DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman, and Rilo Kiley’s Pierre de Reeder.
Deerhunter: Monomania (4AD)
Sixth album from the indie quintet. It is, according to lead vocalist Bradford Cox, “a very avant-garde rock & roll record.”
Dailey & Vincent: Brothers of the Highway (Rounder)
Sixth album from the bluegrass act.
Fitz and the Tantrums: More than Just a Dream (Elektra)
Sophomore set from the pop-soul act.
Savages: Silence Yourself (Matador)
Debut of buzzed-about U.K. postpunk quartet.
Karl Hyde: Edgeland (UMe/Universal)
Solo debut of Underworld member.
Joe Satriani: Unstoppable Momentum (Epic)
Can’t stop this guitarist.
dUg Pinnick: Naked (RockArmy/MVD)
Can’t stop this King’s X bassist.
Courtney Jaye: Love and Forgiveness (1-2-3-4-GO!)
According to her press release, the singer/songwriter delivers “an organic and rootsy album that recalls the classic ’70s-inspired pop of her heroes Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, and Fleetwood Mac.”
Straight No Chaser: Under the Influence (Atlantic)
Benedictines of Mary: Angels and Saints at Ephesus (Decca/De Montfort Music)
Crazy for a cappella? With SNC, you get 10 guys (joined by guests Sara Bareilles, Phil Collins, Elton John, Jason Mraz, Dolly Parton, Seal, Rob Thomas, and Stevie Wonder). With BoM, you get ±20 nuns (based in Missouri, singing 17 English and Latin pieces).
The Piano Guys: 2 (Portrait/Sony)
Crazy for the keyboard? Well, actually, you get only one piano guy here, together with a cellist. (Two other guys work behind the scenes in the studio and help make videos for their popular YouTube channel.) The album has more of their mash-up arrangements, including “Rockelbel’s Canon.”
Various Artists: The Great Gatsby (Interscope)
Crazier than Baz Luhrmann? Then you’ll want the soundtrack to his current film, with tracks from the likes of Jay-Z, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, the xx, Gotye, Jack White, and Beyoncé & André 3000.