Pick up these other new releases debuting this month.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
The latest from Dave Matthews Band is the group’s first album in four years -- and it’s also their last with founding member and iconic saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died last year. The album honors Moore with a title homage to his nickname, GrooGrux, and with songs full of his sax work from recording sessions completed before his passing. Special guests, including Matthews’s longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds, contribute to the album to keep the band’s legendary soul-folk sound alive, but in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Matthews confessed that Big Whiskey may be a send-off. “Once this [record] is done,” he said, “I don’t know what’ll happen.”
BLACK EYED PEAS
Short for the Energy Never Dies, the Black Eyed Peas’ new album title hints as much at the disc’s frenetic pace as it does at a new way of releasing music. Whether the hip-hop quartet follows through with their purported plan to release more new material on iTunes on a regular basis remains to be seen, but this new disc certainly delivers the catchy, up-tempo crowd-pleasers the Peas are known for. On leadoff single “Boom Boom Pow,” each member uses vocoders to sing and rap over will.i.am’s old-school thump. The result, as usual for this group, sounds like the next big NBA-arena anthem.