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The Listening Room: Los Straitjackets, Linkin Park, Rascal Flatts, Papa Roach and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017

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Album of the Week: “What’s So Funny About Peace Love And Los Straitjackets” (Yep Roc) might not seem the biggest commercial release of the week, but this loving and clever instrumental tribute to Nick Lowe by the masked men who have toured with him for the past three years is truly something to love.

Album Title of the Week: !!!, “Shake The Shudder” (Warp);

New & Noteworthy: Faith Evans and the Notorious B.I.G., “The King & I” (Rhino); Goo Goo Dolls, “You Should Be Happy” EP (Warner Bros.); Pokey LaFarge, “Manic Revelations” (Rounder); Linkin Park, “One More Light” (Warner Bros.) Little Steven, Soulfire” (Ume); Papa Roach, “Crooked Teeth” (Eleven Seven); Rascal Flatts, “Back To Us” (Big Machine);

Also Out: David Banner, “The God Box” (A Banner Vision); Selwyn Birchwood, “Pick Your Poison” (Alligator); blink-182, “California (Deluxe Edition)” (BMG); Childish Gambino, “Awaken, My Love” (Glassnote); Dead Daisies, “Live & Louder” (Steamhammer); Dragonforce, “Reaching Into Infinity” (Metal Blade); Endless Boogie, “Vibe Killer” (No Quarter); Erasure, “World Be Gone” (Mute); Fastball, “Step Into Light” (Fastball Partnership); Helium, “Ends With And” (Matador); Hell Or Highwater, “Vista” (Spinefarm); Jade Jackson, “Gilded” (Anti-/Epitaph); Jlin, “Black Origami” (Planet Mu); Land Of Talk, “Life After Youth” (Saddle Creek); Magic Giant, “In The Wind” (Razor & Tie); Mandisa, “Out Of The Dark” (Sparrow); Matisyahu, “Undercurrent” (Fallen Sparks); Missio, “Loner” (RCA); Mountain Goats, “Goths” (Merge); Oceano, “Revelation” (Sumerian); The Steel Woods, “Straw In The Wind” (Woods Music); Tigers Jaw, “Spin” (Atlantic); Tower Of Power, “40th Anniversary” (TOP Records);

Wavves, “You’re Welcome” (Ghost Ramp);

From The Vaults: Peter Cetera, “The Very Best of Peter Cetera” (Varese Sarabande); Iron Maiden, “No Prayer for the Dying,” “Fear of the Dark,” “The X Factor” and “Virtual XI” (Sanctuary); Jethro Tull, “Songs From the Wood: 40th Anniversary Edition, The Country Set” (Rhino/Parlophone); The Kooks, “The Best Of...So Far” (Astralwerks); Lyle Lovett, “Greatest Hits” (Curb); Peter Cetera, “The Very Best of Peter Cetera” (Varese Sarabande); Rob Halford, “The Complete Albums Collection” (Sony Legacy); Wes Mongomery/Wynton Kelly Trio, “Smokin’ In Seattle: Live At The Penthouse” (Resonance);

Soundtracks: “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” (WaterTower); “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812: Original Broadway Cast Recording” (Reprise); “Singles (Deluxe Version)” (Sony Legacy)

New Music DVDs: Rammstein, “Paris” (Spinefarm); Tower Of Power, “40th Anniversary” (TOP Records);

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