By Phil Dzikiy
This year’s summer music release schedule looks a lot like a typical summer movie season: Big names and blockbusters abound. In the first week of June, we’ve already seen new releases from touring juggernaut, the Dave Matthews Band (“Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King”), legendary singer-songwriter Elvis Costello (“Secret, Profane and Sugarcane”) and rockers Eels (“Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire”). But there’s much more to come, including a full slate of heavy hitters this month.
Things may tail off a bit in August, but that’s just like a blockbuster summer, isn’t it?
Next week brings us a new album from the Black Eyed Peas (“The E.N.D.”), a hip-hop group that made a transition from under-the-radar to pop stars so quickly, most people probably don’t even know there was such a transition. Fergie wasn’t always in the group, for starters.
Former indie rock kings Sonic Youth return to their roots with their debut on independent label Matador Records (“The Eternal”) next week, as well.
Commercially, Incubus has been one of the more successful bands of this decade. The group looks to capitalize on that fact with the release of “Monuments and Melodies,” a two-disc compilation including greatest hits and rarities.
Speaking of popular, The Jonas Brothers are back with a new album, “Lines, Vines and Trying Times.” It’ll be interesting to see if the brothers have held onto their audience after the success of last year’s “A Little Bit Longer.”
If the Jonases are too poppy for your tastes, there’s more complex rock on the way, whether you prefer your guitars to deliver distortion (Dinosaur Jr.’s “Farm”) or new progressive rock (The Mars Volta’s “Octahedron”).
Moby has spoke of being inspired by director David Lynch prior to his latest album, “Wait For Me.” The techno artist’s latest animated video, for “Shot in the Back of the Head,” was directed (and animated!) by Lynch himself.
By Phil Dzikiy
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Baseball tune worthy of hall
As of this summer, the list of people in the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will grow by one.
It will then total one.
But that one person is wholly deserving of the dual accolades.
Local music impresses
I wasn't the first choice to be a judge in the Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands. But that didn't make the experience any less fun.
Bieber wows kids, but can his act mature with him?
Justin Bieber impresses teenagers, but can he keep their interest as they - and he - age?
TSO embarks upon holiday-free music tour
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra finally will get a chance to showcase its nonholiday fare during a spring tour.
NT-based jam band Aqueous looks to ride the wave to musical stardom
Speaking during a recent interview in the News office, the members of Aqueous discussed the difficulties in achieving musical stardom and the downfall of much of modern music.
NIGHT & DAY: Flaming Lips bringing oddball antics to Artpark
The Lips will bring what’s sure to be an odd-looking playlist — among the band’s songs are “Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)” and “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles” — to Lewiston this summer for a dynamic and lavish stage show to Artpark on July 22. Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
- LIFESTYLE: TSO brings holiday magic back to Buffalo The Trans-Siberian Orchestra might have a name that implies chilly conditions, but the musical group has been red hot as of late.
- MUSIC: Best of the Decade No industry changed more this decade than the music industry.
- MUSIC: Solo pianist George Winston visits Buffalo At this rate, George Winston reckons he’ll be back in Buffalo, by, oh, 2022. So if you want to see him perform live, Friday night’s your chance.
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