Drake, Robyn, Sarah McLachlan and Tom Petty deliver new treats this week
After a long absence, some classic artists, such as Devo, Steve Miller, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Sarah McLachlan, return June 15. We also see if Drake can live up to all the hype with his first full-length album for Lil Wayne’s Cash Money label. Robyn and Kevin Rudolf also make sure we keep the party going.
Devo, “Something for Everybody” (Warner Bros.): The red flowerpot hats may be gone, but Devo whips it good with its first album of new material in 20 years. Producers include Santigold, the Dust Brothers’ John King and The Bird & the Bee’s Greg Kurstin. Drummer John Freese sits in with the classic line-up of Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale.
Drake, “Thank Me Later” (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown): After mix tapes, a Grammy nomination and several hits, Drake finally releases his first official full-length album. Joining the Canadian rapper are his mentor, Lil Wayne, as well as Jay-Z, T.I., Alicia Keys and The Dream.
The Gaslight Anthem, “American Slang (SideOne Dummy): New Jersey band and Springsteen acolytes pair with producer Ted Hutt for its third, adventurous, rocking album.
Sarah McLachlan, “Laws of Illusion” (Arista): Ethereal singer/songwriter puts out first studio album in several years. McLachlan recorded much of the album live (including six songs in five days) giving “Laws” a looser, more spirited feel than some of her previous works. While first single “Loving You is Easy” may be one of her breeziest songs ever, some of the other tunes deal with the heartbreaking dissolution of her marriage. Read review here.
The Steve Miller Band, “Bingo” (Space Cowboy/Roadrunner/Loud & Proud): The original space cowboy delivers first album in 17 years, just like that. Abracadabra.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Mojo” (Reprise): In the band’s first new album since 2002’s “The Last DJ,” Petty and the boys deliver a stripped-down, blues-influenced set.
Punch Bros., “Antifogmatic” (Nonesuch): Steller acoustic outfit that often rocks harder than most plugged-in bands pairs with producer Jon Brion for a set of 10 originals. The Chris Thile-fronted band is on tour with Steve Martin for several dates this summer and are also featured prominently on Dierks Bentley’s new, bluegrass-influenced set, “Up on the Ridge.”
Robyn, “Body Talk PT. 1,” (Cherrytree/Interscope): Swedish singer continues a career resurgence with her latest set of electronic-based pop, fronted with first single, “Dancing on my Own.” In addition to playing at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Robyn starts a co-headlining tour with Kelis July 23.
Kevin Rudolf, “To the Sky” (Cash Money/Universal): Producer/songwriter Rudolf, known for his work with Lil Wayne, Lifehouse and Cobra Starship, follows up his debut album (which spawned the hit, “Let It Rock”), with his sophomore set, which combines pop, rock and hip-hop.
Various Artists, “NOW 34 That’s What I Call Music!” (Capitol/EMI): The latest in the never-ending, popular series includes hits from Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, B.o.B., Ke$ha, Rihanna, Usher, Lifehouse and lots more.
2002 | Drama | RSummary: Adam Sandler is uncharacteristically serious, and particularly good in the story of a man prone to rage who finds himself in love with a surprising woman.Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
1946 | Drama | NRSummary: Three veterans return home to a small town after World War II, but must face the fact that they and their old home are irrevocably changed.Director: William Wyler
Cast: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy
1957 | Drama | NRSummary: One of Federico Fellini’s best films, about a perpetually idealistic and romantic woman who dallies with a string of not-so-great men.Director: Federico Fellini
Cast: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi
1995 | Drama | RSummary: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen
1960 | Family | GSummary: Shipwrecked on a deserted island, the Robinson family works together to survive, and even to recreate their vision of civilization on the island.Director: Ken Annakin
Cast: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur
1940 | Comedy | NRSummary: One of the greatest and most radiant comedies from classical Hollywood features Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart in the tale of a woman whose ex-husband walks back into her life just as she’s about to marry someone else.Director: George Cukor
Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Jake Gyllenhaal does double the work as a mousy teacher who meets his exact physical double... and has to deal with his intense nature when the other guy wants some of his life.Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
1985 | Horror | RSummary: Two horror movie-loving friends find their adolescent lives turned upside down when a vampire moves into their suburban neighborhood.Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
2014 | Documentary | NRSummary: In 1970 Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter under the influence of LSD, but later turned his efforts to helping others with addiction.Director: Jeff Radice
Cast: Dock Ellis
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