The sophomore effort by MGMT leads this week's FOXLight music release roundup. The followup to 2008's Oracular Spectacular is titled Congratulations.
An ambitious end to a six year absence by Natalie Merchant, Leave Your Sleep is a double-disc collection of songs adapted the works of 19th and 20th Century British and American poets.
Guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrates his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® induction with the decidedly un-Rock and Roll Emotion and Commotion, a muted collection of largely orchestral material.
Year of the Black Rainbow is the latest slab of hard-edged Prog-Rock from Coheed and Cambria.
Dreadlocked season 7 American Idol finalist Jason Castro drops a varied self-titled debut spanning pop, folk and rock.
Also out this week...
Straight No Chaser is a 10 piece a cappella group that garnered 11 million YouTube hits for their rendition of "The 12 Days of Christmas", and With A Twist has them taking on hits by Queen, Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The third album from singer-songwriter/guitarist Raul Midón is Synthesis, and finds the triple-threat backed by the cream of L.A. studio vets and produced by Joni Mitchell cohort Larry Klein.
What do you get when a Broadway belle morphs into a Southern belle? The answer resides on Achin' & Shakin', the Nashville debut from former star of Broadway hits Legally Blonde and Wicked, Laura Bell Bundy.
And on the reissue front this week...
The Tom Lehrer Collection is a 2 CD/1 DVD comp of classic and unreleased material from the musical comedian turned math professor.
Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inductee, The Stooges see their classic Raw Power turned into a Legacy Edition with a recently unearthed 1973 concert in Atlanta added to the remastered album.
Devo's 1979 Duty Now For The Future gets a sonic upgrade with five bonus tracks.
And don't forget...April 17th is Record Store Day, a now yearly event designed to keep the old-school brick and mortar "wrecka stow" from going the way of the dinosaur in the digital era. Many local shops participate, as do many record labels, both major and indie, by releasing special limited edition treats specifically for this occasion, and only available at participating stores. Check out RecordStoreDay.com for a list of retailers and goodies...and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP!!!
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In New York...I'm Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk!