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New Music: T. Rex tribute, Big Sean, Rolling Stones, Billy Ocean and more...

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

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2020

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Checking out this week's new music releases (all subject to change)...

Album of the Week: "AngelHeadedHipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex" (BMG) is more poignant than the usual tribute album. The all-star 26-song set gives the late Bolan and company its due two months before its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, with U2 and Elton John, Kesha, Todd Rundgren, Perry Farrell, Father John Misty and others tipping their musical hats. It's also one of the last projects by the late producer Hal Wilner, who passed away April 7 from Covid-19.

Album Title of the Week: Emily Barker, "A Dark Murmuration of Words" (Thirty Tigers);

Did Ya Know?: Jarv Is" is the band launched by Pulp frontman and Britpop icon Jarvis Cocker. The troupe’s debut album, "Beyond the Pale" (Rough Trade) is out Friday, Sept. 4, after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New & Noteworthy: Lauren Alaina, "Getting Over Him" (Mercury Nashville); Sara Bareilles, "More Love – Songs From Little Voice Season One" (Epic); Billy Pilgrim, "In the Time Machine" (Architect Music Collective); Big Sean, "Detroit 2" (GOOD Music/Def Jam); Haim, "The Summer Girl Remixes Volume 1" (Columbia); Hayes Carll, "Alone Together Sessions" (Dualtone); Code Orange, "Under the Skin" (Roadrunner); Sara Evans, "Copy That" (Born To Fly); Declan McKenna, "Zeros" (Columbia); Billy Ocean, "One World" (Legacy); The Rolling Stones, "Goats Head Soup (Deluxe Edition)" (Polydor/Interscope/UMe); Various Artists, "Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy" (Bandcamp)

Also Out: All Them Witches, "Nothing as the Ideal" (New West); Emily Barker, "A Dark Murmuration of Words" (Thirty Tigers); Beechacre, "Beechacre" (Glass Man/Essential Media Group); Bixst, "No Love Lost" (Red Bull); Afel Bocoum, "Linde" (World Circuit); Wade Bowen, "The Waiting" (Lil' Buddy Toons); Bill Callahan, "Gold Record" (Drag City); Carolina Story, "Dandelion" (Black River Americana); Sam Chohfi, "Extraordinary World" (self-released); Cold Years, "Paradise" (Inside Job/eOne); Simon Collins, "Becoming Human" (Frontiers); Melvin Crispell III, "I've Got a Testimony" (RCA Inspiration); Deafkids & Petbrick, "DeafBrick" (Neurot); Joy Denaline, Let Yourself Be Loved (Motown); Dirty Projectors, "Super Joao" (Domino); Don't Sleep, "Turn the Tide" (Mission Two Entertainment); Grand Pavoi, "Men Who Taught Me Chords" (Accidental Popstar); Hardy, "A Rock" (Rising Big Loud); Hell in the Club, "Hell of Flames" (Frontiers); Scott Helman, "Nonsuch Park" (Warner); Hurts, "Faith" (Lento); Jabbawoki, "Something's Cookin'" (self-released); Phil Augusta Jackson, "The Redondo Tooe" (DSO As Certified); JARV IS, "Beyond the Pale" (Rough Trade); Jimmy Rip & the Trip, "Muy Crudo" (self-released); Landfall, "The Turning Point" (Frontiers); Lang Lang, "The Goldberg Variations" (Deutsche Grammophon); Layne's Calling, "Layne's Calling" (Pavement Entertainment); LipStitch, "Who's Left and Who's Leaving" (Rocket Heart); Jacam Manricks, "Samadhi" (Manricks Music); New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, "Vol. 1" (Stony Plain); Ozuna, "Enoc" (Sony Music Latin); Grant-Lee Phillips, "Lightning Show Us Your Stuff" (Yep Rock); Pineapple Thief, "Versions of the Truth" (Kscope); The Puppini Sisters featuring the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, "Dance Dance Dance" (Millionaire); Rising Steel, "Fight Them All" (Frontiers); San Cisco, "Between You and Me" (Nettwerk); Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, "Peradam" (Bella Union); Spook The Horses, "Empty Body" (Pelagic); Stryper, "Even the Devil Believes" (Frontiers); Tekashi 6ix9ine, "Tattle Tales" (Scumbag/CMG); Throwing Muses, "Sun Racket" (Fire); Tricky, "Fall to Pieces" (False Idols); Tru Thoughts, "Gnawa Electric Remixes" (self-released); William Tyler, "New Vanitas"; U96/Wolfgang Flur, "Transhuman" (Radikal); Yelle, "L'Eure du Verseau" (Recreation Center)

From The Vaults: Fleetwood Mac, "Fleetwood Mac: 1969 to 1974" (Rhino/Warner); Bob James, "Once Upon a Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions" (Resonance); The O'Jays, "Philly Chartbusters: The Best of the O'Jays" (United Souls/Snapper Music); Labi Siffre, "My Song (50th Anniversary Box Set)" (Edsel/Demon Music Group); Various Artists, "Two Tone: The Albums" (Chrysalis)

New Home Video: "The B-52's: Live at US Festival (September 3, 1982)" (Shout! Factory)

New Singles: John Calvin Abney, "Shine Like a Friend"; AJR, "Bummerland";

Alright Alright, "Trans Am"; Anohni, "R.N.C. 2020"; Arab Strap, "The Turning of Our Bones"; Aurora, "The Secret Garden"; The Backstage, "Isolation";

Aalsam Range, "Grit and Grace"; Betty, "Betty"; Bad Bunny, "Compositor Del Ano"; Black Pistol Fire, "Hope In Hell"; Bring Me the Horizon and Yungblud, "Obey"; BTS, "Ioniq (I'm On It)"; Eric Church, "Crazyland"; Circa Waves and Alfie Templeman, "Lemonade"; CNCO, "Beso"; Deep Sea Diver, "Impossible Weight" featuring Sharon Van Etten; DMA and The Lox, "'Bout S***"; Finneas, "What They'll Say About Us"; Francis of Delirium, "Equality Song"; G-Eazy and Mulatto, "Down"; Ghost Vroom, "Rona Pallona"; Adam Hambrick, "Sunshine STate of Mind" and "Do the Math"; Cameron Hawthorn, "Dancing in the Living Room"; Hookers & Blow, "Trampled Underfoot"; Austin Ingerman, "Diesel Fuel"; Rachel Lark, "The Unicorn Song"; Adrianne Lenker, "anything"; Lido, "Layaway"; Lost Kings, "Hurt" featuring DeathbyRomy; Mabes, "Danny"; Macka B and Ted Ganung, "Stop It, Idiot Ting"; Evvie McKinney, "Just Like God"; Thurston Moore, "Siren"; Kevin Morby, "Campfire"; Native Harrow, "Carry On"; The Obelisk, "A Greater Evil"; Ozuna, "Enemigos Ocultos" featuring Arcangel, Cosculluela, Juanka el Problematik, Myke Towers and Wisin; Henrik Palm, "Concrete Anarchist" and "Nihilist"; Carly Pearce, "Next Girl"; Pikotaro and Pikachu, "PIKA to Piko"; Purple Witch of Culber, "Trig"; Robert Plant, "Too Much Alike"; Public Enemy, "Fight the Power (Remix 2020)"; Sting and Melody Gardot, "Little Something"; Julia Stone, "Unreal"; The Struts with Robbie Williams, "Strange Days"; SZA, "Hit Different"; Corey Taylor, "HWY 66"; Temples, "Paraphernalia"; Thin Lizzy, "Sugar Blues"; Bryson Tiller, "Inhale"; Heather Trost, "Love It Grows"; Sofia Valdes, "Little Did I Know"; Jackson Wang and Galantis, "Pretty Please"; Ray Zaragoza, "They Say"

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