'Congratulations' MGMT, you lead the top new album releases for April 13
MGMT’s second Columbia release is Tuesday’s (April 13) biggest release, but there are other goodies: For “American Idol” fans, as Jason Castro puts out his first full-length set, vets Jeff Beck and Natalie Merchant return after seven-year absences, and Coheed & Cambria rock your world with their fifth studio album.
Jeff Beck, “Emotion & Commotion” (Atco/Rhino): In Beck’s first album in seven years, he uses his stunning guitar work to unite a hodgepodge of music including a few originals, covers of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Nessun Dorma,” and portion of a movie score to “Atonement” into a somewhat cohesive work.?)
Laura Bell Bundy, “Achin’ and Shakin’” (Mercury Nashville): She may be a Broadway baby, but Laura Bell Bundy certainly has a name made for country music. Bundy, who’s appeared in “Legally Blonde,” “Wicked” and “Hairspray,” has traded in the Great White Way for Music Row. First single “Giddy on Up” is climbing both the country chart and the dance chart, courtesy of a kicking remix.
Jason Castro, “Jason Castro” (Atlantic): “American Idol” contestant as best known for his long dreadlocks as his strong vocals releases his first full-length post-“Idol” album. Assisting him were producer Eric Rosse, as well as songwriters Marc Roberge of O.A.R, and Zac Maloy, who wrote for David Cook’s set. Castro starts a tour April 17 in Dallas.
Coheed and Cambria, “Year of the Black Rainbow” (Columbia): Shades of “Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace.” For its fifth studio album, hard rock band C&C goes back to the future. The latest in its series of concept albums, “Year of the Black Rainbow” is, thematically, a prequel to its previous four albums. It comes with a novel for your reading pleasure.
Kaki King, “Junior” (Rounder): Guitarist known for her impressive fretboard tapping abilities turns to producer Malcolm Burn to create a dreamscape with her airiest vocals yet.
Natalie Merchant, “Leave Your Sleep” (Nonesuch): Really? This is what we get after a seven-year wait? Merchant takes lyrics from such brilliant poets as Robert Louis Stevenson and e.e. cummings and writes music around their words. Maybe she’s got writer’s block?
MGMT, “Congratulations” (Columbia): Duo of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden’s second Columbia set, and follow up to “Oracular Spectacular,” is a trippy serving of electro-psychedelic pop, but we’re sure you already know that since it leaked a month ago and has been available for streaming since then.
Straight No Chaser, “With a Twist” (Atco/Atlantic): This male a capella group has been around much longer than “Glee,” but maybe the interest in that show’s reinvention of pop classics by ensembles will help propel these former Indiana University students into the stratosphere and leave listeners not shaken, but stirred. After two successful holiday sets, the ten piece now tackles such tunes as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” Oasis’s “Wonderwall” and Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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