Good Morning Aztlan (Mammoth)
For 25 years now, the wolf pack has been jamming and putting out great Latin-tinged tunes. Their 11th studio album, and first on Mammoth, offers 13 tracks produced with legend John Leckie (John Lennon, Radiohead, Robyn Hitchcock) that reflect all of their influences. R & B and R & R find their place here alongside the signature vocals that have never sounded stronger and have come to define this East L.A.-formed band.
Electric (Sony/Lucky Dog)
The title of this native Texan’s fifth release should give you a hint about the direction the singer-songwriter is heading. Not that he wasn’t plugged in before; it’s just that on this one, the self-taught musician really turns it up. Examples like the opener “Keep on Keepin’ On” and “What Makes You Say” (co-written with Bruce Robison) come complete with a down-and-dirty distorted guitar undertone. He does, however, revisit country roads with back-to-back tracks “Everybody” and “One Lie Away.” It all makes for a great contribution to the alt-country scene.
Welcome To My Party (Island)
Few groups enjoy kicking out the jams of summer quite like this Pennsylvanian sextet with a devoted following. On their fourth album, the genuine good times continue in the form of acoustic guitars, funky rhythms, percussion, and overlapping male and female vocals. This record reunites the band with producer Bill Bottrel (Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty), the man behind the board on the Rust’s multiplatinum When I Woke. The new material will translate well in their
always-popular live show that’s coming to a venue near you this summer.