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CD Reviews:
New Music: Steve Earle, Dennis DeYoung, Indigo Girls, Detroit Punch Archive and more...

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

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020

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Checking out this week's new music releases...

Album of the Week: Steve Earle takes on "Coal Country" with his Dukes on "Ghosts of West Virginia" (New West), which includes songs from the off-Broadway play of the same name plus four additional tracks.

Album Title of the Week: V.V. Lightbody, "Make A Shrine Or Burn It" (Acrophase);

Did Ya Know?: The Detroit Punk Archive's compilation "End of the Night (1976-1983)" (Light in the Attic) features early and rare recordings by Don Was (with the Traitors), Swans' Norman Westberg (with Route 666) and tracks the MC5's Wayne Kramer produced for Cadillac Kidz and the Cubes.

New & Noteworthy: Airborne Toxic Event, "Hollywood Park" (Rounder); Badly Drawn Boy, "Banana Skin Shoes" (One Last Fruit); Dennis DeYoung, "26 East: Volume 1" (Frontiers); Indigo Girls, "Look Long" (Rounder); Iron City Houserockers, "Have a Good Time...But Get Out Alive" (40th Anniversary Edition)" (Cleveland International); Florida Georgia Line, "6 Pack" (BMLG); The 1975, "Notes on a Conditional Form" (Dirty Hit/Interscope); Nick Piunti & the Complicated Men, "Downtime" (JEM); Reckless Kelly, "American Jackpot/American Girls" (No Big Deal/Thirty Tigers);

Also Out: Tarryn Aimee, "It Came" (self-released); Carly Rae Jepsen, "Dedicated Side B" (Interscope); Kidbug, "Kidbug" (Joyful Noise Recordings); King Gizzard & the Lizzard Wizard, "Chunky Shraplnel" (Frightless/ATO); King Ropes, "Go Back Where They Came From" (Big and Just Little); John Carroll Kirgy, "My Garden" (Stones Throw); V.V. Lightbody, "Make A Shrine Or Burn It" (Acrophase); MAX, "Colour Visiion" (Colour Vision/The Orchard); Dylan Menzie, "Lost in Dreams" (self-released); Daryl Mosley, "The Secret of Life" (Pinecastle); QueenTown, "Post Apocalyptic Lullaby EP" (self-released); Revenge, "Strike.Smother.Dehumanize" (Seasons of Mist); John-Robert, "Bailey Barely Knew Me" (Nice LIfe/Warner); Rett Smith, "Giving Up on Quitting" (Imperial/Republic); Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, "Temple" (Domino); Nichole Wagner, "Dance Songs for the Apocalypse" (self-released); Victor Wainwright and the Train, "Memphis Loud" (Ruf); Chancey Williams, "3rd Street" (self-released)

From the Archives: Laura Branigan, "Self Control (Expanded Edition" (Cherry Pop); Alan Davey, "Four Track Mind" (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra); Neil Innes, "How Sweet to Be an Idiot (Expanded Edition)" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red); Kursaal Flyers, "Little Does She Know: The Complete Recordings" (RPM/Cherry Red); Phil Ochs, "The Best of the rest: Rare and Unreleased Recordings" (Liberation Hall); Shape of the Rain, "Riley Riley Wood and Waggett (Deluxe Edition)" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red); Bill Withers, "Complete Sussex & Columbia Album Masters" (Music on CD)

Music on Video: The Band, "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band" (Magnolia Pictures); "Rudeboy: the Story of Trojan Records" (Passion River)

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