B.o.B., Miranda Cosgrove and Hole lead April 27 album release slate
There’s a little something for everyone with Tuesday’s album release slate. We’ll hear what B.o.B. has to offer beyond “Nothing On You” and a few leaked tracks when we get his full length set. Plus, Hole returns with its first set in 12 years, while veteran rockers Melissa Etheridge and Peter Frampton also serve up new material. Popsters will eat up “iCarly” star Miranda Cosgrove’s debut album. Dig in.
B.o.B: “B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray” (Grand Hustle/Rebel Rock/Atlantic): He’s already scored his first number one with the sweet “Nothing on You” and seems to be everywhere with his cover of Vampire Weekend’s ‘The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” with Janelle Monae, plus his collaboration with Eminem and Hayley Williams. Our colleague Katie Hasty is already over him. We’ll see if the rest of America feels the same way when his album comes out Tuesday. We’re predicting a top 5 album debut.
Bullet for My Valentine, “Fever” (Jive): Welsh metal band unleashes the hounds on its third album, produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte). “Fever” doesn’t necessarily rock harder than “Scream Aim Fire,” but it lands its punches with more pinpoint accuracy, especially on such tracks as “Your Betrayal.”
Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Age of Miracles” (Zoe/Rounder): Singer/songwriter whose light seems to have dimmed lately after a strong ‘90s run, but she’s back with a strong new set featuring the likes of Alison Krauss and Vince Gill.
Miranda Cosgrove, “Sparks Fly” (Columbia): She’s 16 and she’s already richer than you’ll ever be. Nickelodeon power house and star of “iCarly” goes for world domination with her solo full length debut and enlists such top-flight producers as Dr. Luke (Britney, Katy Perry) and the Matrix to realize her plan. Writers on the project include Ke$ha and Avril Lavigne. First single is “Kissin’ U” is exactly what you’d expect: a sweet, innocent, poppy ode to the joys of making out. Where’s the duet with Justin Bieber?
Melissa Etheridge, “Fearless Love” (Island): Veteran rocker’s 10th studio album is a celebration of rock produced by her friend/former guitarist John Shanks. Drawing deep on her influences, such as the Who, Springsteen and the Stones musically, Etheridge tackles love and fear lyrically.
Peter Frampton, “Thank You Mr. Churchill” (A&M/New Door/Ume): Heralded rock guitarist returns with his first set since snagging a Grammy a few years ago for his instrumental set, “Fingerprints.” This time, he’s singing about everything from his sobriety to Wall Street corruption to a Japanese teenager kidnapped by North Koreans 30 years ago.
Gogol Bordello, “Trans-Continental Hustle” (American Recordings): Rick Rubin produces this undefinable collective’s fifth studio album. The New York-based group, led by Eugene Hutz, combines punk rock with world music with a flair of the gypsy thrown in. Its commercial high point remains joining Madonna on stage in 2007 at the London Live Earth concert.
Hole, “Nobody’s Daughter” (Mercury): Courtney Love-fronted band returns with its first album in 12 years—although that’s a bit of a misstatement since Love is the only remaining member from the last album. Album review coming shortly.
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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