FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 4-9-2012

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Bonnie Raitt slides her guitar back into the studio leading this week’s music releases in the FOXLight.  Seven years later, during which time she dealt with the loss of her brother and both her parents, Raitt returns with the smoking Slipstream

Counting Crows cover Bob Dylan, The Faces and others on Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation)

Making a big splash through social media and good old fashioned word of mouth, Alabama Shakes deliver their soulful, rocking debut Boys & Girls

Florence + The Machine strip down to the bare musical essentials on the CD/DVD combo MTV Unplugged

New Life is the new album from Monica, with guests Wale and her old sparring partner Brandy

Nanci Griffith always felt at home in Nashville, so she literally stayed at home to record her latest Intersection

M. Ward recorded A Wasteland Companion in Portland, L.A., Omaha, Austin, New York and the UK with lots of guests along the way, including Mike Mogis, Steve Shelley and his She & Him partner Zooey Deschanel

Nobody Knows You is the latest picker and grinner from the Steep Canyon Rangers

The John Oates Band stopped by the SiriusXM studios in Washington last October and The Bluesville Sessions is the result, chock full of blues and soul covers…

And rockin’ out this week are Accept, who bring the metal on StalingradTaproot drop their sixth album, The Episodes…and Halestorm return with The Strange Case Of

On the Reissue Front

Fans of the band World Party have a bounty of treats in the 5 CD boxed set Arkeology – 70 never before heard tracks from over the 25 year history of the band packaged in a useable any-year diary…

Shout! Factory releases a rare, though much bootlegged BBC performance by Todd Rundgren’s Utopia on Live at Hammersmith Odeon ’75, their very first UK concert…

Madness highlight their ska-flavored tracks on Forever Young: The Ska Collection – 24 2tone tracks, and not an “Our House” in the bunch…

Bette Midler‘s Live at Last returns to CD in remastered form, once again featuring highlights of a 1976 Cleveland show…

And Top 4: The Best of Cold Chillin’ Records collects 15 tracks from the pre-Gangsta rap days from the likes of Biz Markie, Marley Marl, and MC Shan

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In New York…I’m Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk.