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The Listening Room: Lorde, Big Boi, Royal Blood, Styx and more...

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

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

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Lorde, “Melodrama” (Lava); The New Zealand singer of “Royals” fame follows up her hit 2013 debut with this 11-song set, working primarily with Bleaches’ Jack Antonoff.

Album Title of the Week: 2 Chainz, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” (Def Jam);

New & Noteworthy: Big Boi, “Boomiverse” (Epic); Cheap Trick, “We’re All Alright!” (Big Machine); Steve Earle & the Dukes, “So You Wanna Be An Outlaw” (Warner Bros.); Fleet Foxes, “Crack-Up” (Nonesuch); Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “The Nashville Sound” (Southeastern); Nickelback, “Feed The Machine” (BMG); Royal Blood, “How Did We Get So Dark?” (Warner Bros.); Styx, The Mission” (UMe); Various Artists, “Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records” (Americana Music Society); Zakk Sabbath, “Live In Detroit” (Southern Lord);

Also Out: Arcadea, “Arcadea” (Relapse); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, “Louie Louie Louie” (Savoy); Karyzie Bone and Young Noble, “Thug Brothers 2” (Real Talk);

Broadside, “Paradise” (Victory); Carach Angren, “Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten” (Seasons of Mist); Chon, “Homey” (Sumerian); CKY, “The Phoenix” (eOne); Com Truise, “Iteration” (Ghostly International); The Drums, “Abysmal Thoughts” (Anti-/Epitaph); The Dustbowl Revival, “The Dustbowl Revival” (Signature Sounds); Eli Young Band, “Fingerprints” (Valory); Entrails, “World Inferno” (Metal Blade); Keith & Kristyn Getty, “The Getty Kids Hymnal -- For The Cause” (Getty); Iced Earth, “Incorruptible” (Century Media);

Jackiem Joyner, “Evolve” (Artistry); King Crimson, “The Elements Tour Box 2017” (DGM); AJ Lee, “AJ Lee” (self-released); Libera, “Hope” (Libera);

Lorde, “Melodrama” (Lava); Kevin Morby, “City Music” (Dead Oceans); Alison Moyet, “Other” (Cooking Vinyl); John Mulaney, “The Comeback Kid” (Drag City); Beth Otto, “Fake Sugar” (Capitol); Sandi Patty, “Forever Grateful: Live From The Farewell Tour” (Gaither); Portugal. The Man, “Woodstock” (Atlantic); Ride, “Weather Diaries” (Wichita); Rococode, “Young Ones” (Marquis); Rosebud, “Rosebud” (Omnivore); Seafaring Strangers, “Seafaring Strangers” (Numero); Simple Minds, “Acoustic In Concert” (Eagle Rock); Matthew Sweet, “Tomorrow Forever” (Honeycomb Hideout); Gretchen Wilson, “Ready To Get Rowdy” (Redneck);

From The Vaults: Big Star, “The Best of Big Star” (Stax); David Bowie, “Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ‘74)” (Rhino); Can, “The Singles” (Mute); Ruben Gonzalez, “Introducing...Ruben Gonzalez” (World Circuit); Robert Lamm, “Time Chill” (Omnivore); Thelonious Monk, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960” (Sam/Saga); The Rolling Stones, “Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones,” “Live At The Checkboard Lounge,” “Some Girls Live In Texas ‘78” (Eagle Rock); Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind: 20th Anniversary Edition” (Rhino);

Soundtracks: “Cars 3” (Disney)

New Music DVDs: Paul Simon, “The Concert In Hyde Park” (Legacy)

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