Rock

I Fall In Love Too Easily (CD)

After her 2015 performance at "Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert," perhaps it's only natural that Katharine McPhee has released a new album of romantic standards. The former American Idol contestant, chart-topping pop star, and actress has made a habit of covering Nina Simone‘s “Everything Must Change" at her concerts, and now fans can hear her lovely voice on other classics, such as "Night and Day" and "I'll Be Seeing You."

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Blue Moon Swamp (CD)

John Fogerty launches his solo catalog reissue series with 1997's Grammy-winning Blue Moon Swamp. This 20th Anniversary reissue uses for its cover art the backdrop that Fogerty displayed on the original tour. His third solo album, Blue Moon Swamp showcases his rich voice, and includes guest turns from The Lonesome River Band, The Waters, and the Fairfield Four, among others.

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A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg (CD)

The late folk/rock songwriter Dan Fogelberg gets a loving tribute album with contributions from artists like The Eagles, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett and Train. A project that was long in the making, A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg includes as highlights, "Longer," a duet by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and "Nether Lands" by Donna Summer. The Zac Brown Band also excels with a live version of “Leader of the Band.”

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reputation (CD)

Taylor Swift leans into her darker side with the versatile new album, Reputation. Serving up lyrics that address lust, jealousy, and public squabbles, she shows off her hip-hop and R&B influences, embracing bass drops and aggressive beats. Beneath the strong pop craftsmanship, it's an intriguing landscape of jadedness and vulnerability.

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Tell Me You Love Me (CD)

Demi Lovato is one of the strongest of the polished pop divas currently dominating the airwaves; case in point, Tell Me You Love Me. Each song has something to recommend it — there are party jams, “boy bye” jams, cruising down the freeway with the windows rolled down and the radio cranked jams — and Ms. Lovato takes them all on with equal aplomb. The tracks are unapologetic, bold, and adventurous. In short, it’s the perfect pop soundtrack to being a young woman today.

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Low In High School (CD)

A seemingly endless well of droll creativity and romantic melodies, Morrissey’s latest is another resounding success. Low in High School sees Moz experimenting with song structure and lyrical themes, but his velveteen voice and lively wit give the LP the sound of a future classic. Dreamy and sometimes melancholy, it’s albums like this that remind us why we keep coming back for more from this Salford lad. Each listen reveals another fascinating yarn, another relatable sentiment.

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Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family (CD)

Maybe Nick Lowe is not the name that comes to mind when you think of Christmas music. Understandably, you’d be forgiven. The former pub-rock/new-wave icon known for his wry lyrics and wit seems like an antithetical fit for the commercially safe and stale venture that is the Christmas album. Yet the irony is not lost on Lowe, who at 68 years old has been deep into his crooner phase for over a decade now, but whose sense of mischievousness is still intact as he imbues “Silent Night” full of rocksteady rhythm and rockabilly guitar licks. To his credit, Lowe plays the majority of the album straight, with faithful renditions of Xmas standards along with tender originals such as “I Was Born In Bethlehem.” However, it’s “Christmas at the Airport” that steals the show; another Lowe original and one that blends holiday melancholia, cheeky humor, and a Tin Pan Alley melodic sensibility all in one. Oh, and it’s really catchy too!

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Let's Play Two (CD)

Let's play two shows, that is. At famed Wrigley Field, no less. Let’s Play Two was recorded and filmed over the course of a double header at the Chicago ballpark back in August 2016, during the Cubs’ ascension to their first World Series title since 1908. The atmosphere is appropriately jubilant, with spirited versions of tracks that span the entire Pearl Jam catalogue, as well as choice non-album cuts including, of course, the Eddie Vedder love letter to his hometown team, "All The Way."

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Crack-Up (CD)

If you’d forgotten how masterful Fleet Foxes are at creating dreamy wall-of-sound Americana-infused indie rock in the six years since their last release, their latest, Crack-Up, will do a bang-up job of reminding you. The band sounds better than ever; their hazy, melancholy melodies envelop the listener, their haunting harmonies dig at the heart. The scope of Crack-Up, named after an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay, is grand and orchestral with sweeping soundscapes and incredible arrangements. When so much of what passes for indie folk today sounds like forgettable radio-friendly festival rock, it’s nice to hear Fleet Foxes staying true to their roots while expanding the boundaries of the genre.

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Day Of The Gusano [CD + DVD] (CD)

Slipknot has never been easy listening, especially in its present form as a nine-piece mammoth of a band. That frenetic bass, screechy vocals, and destructive drum sound could only come from one of the weirdest and craziest bands of that late-'90s trend where metal, punk, goth, and electro seemed to collide into a cacophony of pure freakishness and insanity. The current iteration of the band is now immortalized in this documentary and soundtrack of their first ever Mexico City show from late 2015. It's no surprise that in a screening of this film in a theater, a group of fans starting moshing in the aisles. Seeing them live and loud (and I mean LOUD) and destroying the audience at their very own Knotfest in Mexico City is a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience. We all know that part of the fun of a live show is the audience reaction, and Mexico City feels like they've been waiting their whole life to see Slipknot live. Be sure to play this loud and if you have a subwoofer, bring the bass all the way up. You're not feeling this unless the walls start to rumble.

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