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The Raconteurs, featuring Jack White & Brendan Benson on guitars and vocals, have a new album out now (their third) Help Us Stranger. They performed new songs from the album this past week on the Thursday and Friday episodes of Colbert: "Help Me Stranger" (aired Thursday) and "Bored And Razed" (aired Friday).
We had previously heard these two songs from the new album:
Albert Hammond, Jr. "More To Life" The Strokes' guitarist continues his stellar solo career. Check it out.
Bad BooksIII - Side project of Manchester Orchestra & Kevin Devine. Good stuff.
Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue (14-Disc Box Set and documentary by Martin Scorsese on Netflix) feat Mick Ronson on guitar, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Steven Soles, et al. Amazing, but probably best loved by serious Dylan fans only.
Calexico & Iron & WineYears To Burn. Nice collaboration from two Americana stalwarts.
Elton John: Get ready to see the Elton biopic by listening to some of the great songs from his first five albums such as: "Madman Across The Water" (alt version feat Mick Ronson), "Levon", "Tiny Dancer", "Country Comfort", and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters".
Filthy FriendsEmerald Valley. Filthy Friends is Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker's other band, with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Corin is great here, but speaking of Sleater-Kinney, they have a new single, "Hurry On Home", from a new forthcoming album produced by St. Vincent...
UPDATE: They just dropped a second song from the new Sleater-Kinney album "The Future Is Here"
Prince Originals. Prince's demos of songs he wrote for artists such as The Bangles and Sinead O'Connor
Rory GallagherBlues (3-CD Deluxe). Nice retrospective of the Irish bluesman, includes many live cuts include Rory's successful collaboration with Muddy Waters