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New Music: Sammy Hagar, Mavis Staples, Ciara, Whitesnake and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019

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Checking out this week's new music...

Album of the Week: Sammy Hagar's The Circle -- and all-star troupe featuring former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Led Zeppelin progeny Jason Bonham -- delivers its first studio album "Space Between" (BMG), a concept set about "money, greed, enlightenment and truth."

Album Title of the Week: Clinic, "Wheelstoppers and Shunters" (Domino)

Did'ya Know?: Marc Anthony's "OPUS" (Magnus/Sony Latin Music) is his first new album in 10 years.

New & Noteworthy: Rodney Atkins, "Caught Up in the Country" (Curb); Ciara, "Beauty Marks" (Beauty Marks Ent.); Mac DeMarco, "Here Comes the Cowboy" (Mac's Record Label); The Get Up Kids, "Problems" (Polyvinyl); Howard Jones, "Transform" (BFD/The Orchard); The Last Poets, "Transcending Toxic Times" (Ropeadope); Newsboys, "United" (Fair Trade Services/Columbia); Shaggy, "Wah Gwaan?!" (Cherrytree/Brooklyn Knights/300); Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber "I Don't Care" (single) (Atlantic); Mavis Staples, "We Get By" (ANTI-/Epitaph); Vintage Trouble, "Chapter II, EP II" (McGhee Entertainment); Whitesnake, "Flesh & Blood" (Frontiers)

Also Out: Bear Hands, "Fake Tunes" (Spsensive Sounds); Bigg Robb, "Good Muzic" (Over25sound/UMG); Charly Bliss, "Young Enough" (Barsuk); A.A. Bondy, "Enderness" (Fat Possum); Allman Brown, "Darling I'll Be Alright" (self-released) Daddy Long Legs, "Lowdown Ways" (Yep Roc); Haelos, "Any Random Kindness" (Infectious Music); Alf Hale, "The Rainy Season" (self-released); Tim Hecker, "Anoyo" (Kranky); Holly Herndon, "PROTO" (4AD); Rosie Lowe, "YU" (Wolf Tone/Caroline); Maps, "Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss." (Mute); Mystery Lights, "Too Much Tension" (Wick/Daptone); Parachute, "Parachute" (Parachute Music/Thirty Tigers); POW!, "Shift" (Castle Face); CJ Ramone, "The Holy Spells" (Fat Wreck Chords); Rhye, "Spirit" (Loma Vista/Concord); Duke Robillard Band, "Ear Worms" (Stony Plain); The Shootouts, "Quick Draw" (MRI/Megaforce); The Skints, "Swimming Lessons" (Easy Star/Penny Drop); Southern Avenue, "Keep On" (Concord); Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, "Routine Maintenance" (Hopeless); Jamila Woods, "LEGACY! LEGACY!" (Jagjaguwar); Danny Worsnop, "Shades of Blue" (Sumerian); Chely Wright, "Revival" (Painted Red/MRI);

From the Vaults: Cilla Black, "Cilla/In My Life," "Sher-ool/Modern Priscilla" (SFE/Cherry Red); Sammy Kaye, "The Sammy Kaye Collection 1937-53" (Acrobat); Ramsey Lewis Trio, "The Early Years 1956-59" (Acrobat); Esperanza Spalding, "12 Little Spells (Expanded)" (Concord); Various Artists, "Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" (Smithsonian Folkways);

New Music Videos: Michael Franti, "Stay Human" (Cinedigm)

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