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CD Reviews:
New Music: We Banjo 3, Justin Moore, Violent Femmes, Sugar Ray and more...
 

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

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



Album of the Week: The rootsy Irish troupe We Banjo 3 recorded its new concert album "Roots to Rise Live" (self-released) during February at the Ark in Ann Arbor, adding the unreleased songs "Shine On" and "John Brown's" to the mix.



Album Title of the Week: Justin Moore, "Late Nights and Longnecks" (Valory/Big Machine)



Did'ya Know?: Mini Mansions, whose "Guy Walks Into a Bar..." (Fiction) is just out, is led by Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman and features a guest vocal by Alison Mosshart of the Kills and Dead Weather.



New & Noteworthy: Lloyd Cole, "Guesswork" (earMUSIC); The Dickey Betts Band, Ramblin' Man Live at the St. George Theatre" (BMG); Andy Grammer, "Naive" (S-Curve); Delbert McClinton and the Self-Made Men + Dana, "Tall, Dark & Handsome" (Hot Shot); Of Monsters and Men, "Fever Dream" (Republic); Sugar Ray, "Little Yachty" (BMG); Various Artists, "Hadestown" (Sing It Again); Violent Femmes, "Hotel Last Resort" (Add It Up/PIAS)



Also Out: Caamp, "By and By" (Mom+Pop); Cuco, "Para Mi" (Interscope); Phillipe Bronchtein, "Oregon Air" (self-released); Home Free, "Dive Bar Saints" (Home Free/The Orchard); Kaiser Chiefs, "Duck" (Polydor); Lochness Monster, "Lochness Monster" (self-released); Bobby Messano, "Lemonade" (Fishhead); NF, "The Search" (NF Real Music); Mac Powell & the Family Reunion, "Back Again" (Mac Powell/Thirty Tigers); SPAGA, "SPAGA" (AM); Various Artists, "Punk Goes Acoustic Vol. 3" (Fearless);



From The Vaults: Climax Blues Band, "The Albums 1973-1976" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Enuff Z'Nuff, "The Atco Years" (Warner Music/X5); Tubby Hayes Quartet, "Grits Beans and Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969" (Decca); Londonbeat, "The Very Best of..." (Music on CD); The Radiators, "Ghostown (40th Anniversary Edition)" (Chiswick/Ace); Billy Joe Shaver, "The Collection" (Retorworld); Soft Machine, "The Harvest Albums 1975-1978" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Soundgarden, "Live From the Artists Den" (A&M/UMe); Various Artists, "Come On Let's Go! Power Pp Gems from the 70s & 80s" (Big Beat/Ace)



Soundtracks: "Once Upon a Time in...Hollwyood" (Columbia)

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