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A band known for complex epics strips down to concise, three minute ditties, in this week's FOXLight music release roundup.  The King Is Dead is a tight 10 track, countrified effort from The Decemberists...

Gregg Allman is the latest artist to hook up with producer T-Bone Burnett for some stripped down blues mojo, on his first solo album in 14 years, Low Country Blues...

James Blunt returns to see if the third time is indeed the charm on Some Kind Of Trouble...

What if Maroon 5 merged with The Fray?  The outcome would likely sound like The Script, who return with their second album Science & Faith...

Social Distortion begin their 4th decade with their first in six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

Also out this week...

Can you hear the screech?  No, that's not the car next to you, it's the Kidz Bop Kids tackling tracks by Katy Perry, Mike Posner and Bruno Mars on Kidz Bop 19...

The softer side of Ritchie Blackmore is on display with his renaissance folk group Blackmore's Night and their latest Autumn Sky...

And the guitars come out to play on two hot releases: Former Toto ax-man Steve Lukather takes a moment from replying to Lefsetz' Letters to deliver his sixth solo album, All's Well That Ends Well...and Hook, Line & Sinker is the latest from Roomful Of Blues, who make a joyful noise on tracks by Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew and Floyd Dixon.

On the Reissue Front...

The newly-reunited Jayhawks revisit their past with Hollywood Town Hall: Expanded Edition, adding five bonus tracks to their 1992 smoker; and Tomorrow The Green Grass: Legacy Edition ups the ante with an entire disc's worth of what they call "Mystery Demos"...

Kraut-rockers Tokio Hotel drop a limited edition Best Of, with a disc of English language tracks, a disc of tracks sung in their native German, and a DVD full of video treats...

And going all the way live: Pearl Jam collects live tracks recorded from 2003 through last year on Live On Ten Legs...Ike & Tina Turner's Absolutely The Best Live returns all remastered, but still "nice 'n' rough"...and Phish take three of their "instant live" concert recordings from last summer's tour, give them a proper remastering, and release them to retail in an ultra-limited run of 500 CD copies each. They are Live Phish 6/27/10 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Live Phish 7/3/10 Verizon Wireless at Encore Park, and Live Phish 7/4/10 Verizon Wireless at Encore Park.

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In New York...I'm Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk!