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Concert Reviews:
The Listening Room: Danny Brown, Bon Iver, Jimi Hendrix, Solange and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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• Bon Iver, “22, A Million” (Jagjaguwar) : The Wisconsin indie group’s third album takes its title from a number that has been metaphysical constant in chief member Justin Vernon’s life.

• Danny Brown, “Atrocity Exhibition” (Warp): The Detroit rapper is joined by Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and others on his fourth solo album.

• Jimi Hendrix, “Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69” (Experience Hendrix/Legacy): The latest release from Hendrix’s prodigious posthumous vaults is the debut performance by his short-lived Band of Gypsys.

• Van Morrison, Keep Me Singing (Caroline): For his 36th studio album, the soulful Irish mainstay dishes up a dozen originals -- including the instrumental “Caledonia Swing” -- plus a cover of the blues standard “Share Your Love With Me.”

• Pixies, “Head Carrier” (Pixiesmusic/Pias America): The alt.rock heroes’ second studio album since their 2004 reunion is its first since bassist Paz Lenchantin became a permanent member.

• Scott Bradlee`s Postmodern Jukebox, “The Essentials” (PMR/Concord): A collection of the swinged-up covers of contemporary pop hits that have been viral sensations during the past few years.

• Solange, “A Seat At The Table” (Saint/Columbia): Beyonce’s little sister delivers her third solo album, with guest appearances by Lil Wayne Kelly Rowland, Q-Tip, The-Dream and more.

• Regina Spektor, “Remember Us To Life” (Sire): The seventh studio album, and first in four years, from the idiosyncratic Russian-born singer-songwriter.

• Bob Weir, “Blue Mountain” (Sony): The Grateful Dead founder’s first solo album in more than a decade is a rootsy venture that includes collaborations with Josh Ritter and the Dessner brothers from The National.

Also Out: Gerald Albright, “G” (A Train); Banks, “The Altar” (Harvest);Bob Lanza Blues Band, “It’s Time To Let Go” (Connor Ray Music); Doyle Bramhall II, “Rich Man” (Concord); Si Crantoun, “Old School (Ruf); Drive-By Truckers, “American Band” (ATO); Epica, “The Holographic Principle” (Nuclear Blast); Sully Erna, “Hometown Life” (BMG) Robbiert Finley, “Age Don’t Mean A Thing” (Big Legal Mess); Laurence Jones, “Take Me High” (Ruf); Amy Lee, “Dream Too Much” (Amy Lee Music); Gabrielle Louise, “If The Static Clears” (Sandalwood); Mandolin Orange, “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc); Marillion, “Fear” (EarMusic);

Tori Miller, “American English” (Glassnote); William Michael Morgan, “Vinyl” (Warner Music Nashville); Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Circlin’ Back -- Celebrating 50 years” (Warner Nashville); Opeth, “Sorceress” (Nuclear Blast); John Prine, “For Better, Or Worse” (Oh Boy); Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, “The Commandments According to SCAC” (VLG); Suicidal Tendencies, “World Gone Mad” (Suicidal); Survive, “RR7349” (Relapse); Vangelis, “Rosetta” (Decca); Rene Wahl, “Sworon Secrets” (Double R); Nick Waterhouse, “Never Twice” (Innovative Leisure); Dale Watson, “Under The Influence” (Red River); Luke Winslow-King, “I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always” (Bloodshot); Yellowcard, “Yellowcard” (Hopeless)

From the Vaults: Eric Clapton, Live in San Diego (Reprise); Emerson Lake and Palmer, “Trilogy,” “Brain Salad Surgery” and “Welcome Back, My Friends...” (BMG); Erroll Garner, “Ready Take One” (Legacy); Rolling Stones, Rolling Stones in Mono” (ABKCO) Sting, “The Studio Collection” (A&M)

Soundtracks: “Drive” (Pink Vinyl Edition) (Invada)

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