Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Now Streaming: The New CD from Redd Kross, an Indie Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, & More

Once again there's a small selection of new albums streaming online this week, but there are a couple of big ones for fans of rock and pop: "Researching the Blues," the first album in 15 years by L.A. band Redd Kross, and "Just Tell Me That You Want Me," a tribute album to Fleetwood Mac by some of the biggest names in indie music, such as The New Pornographers, Lykke Li, MGMT, St. Vincent, and The Kills.

Redd Kross - Researching the Blues
Redd Kross is back and rocking with "Researching the Blues."

That's a stellar line-up, and it's certainly not the list of usual suspects you'd expect to find on a tribute album by a multi-platinum-selling pop band. But then it goes to show the influence that The Mac has had on popular music for more than three decades now (and that's just going back to their Buckingham/Nicks formation).

With the new Redd Kross album and tour, the band's Steven McDonald becomes the second member of his family to return to the road after a decade and a half. His wife Anna Waronker and her band That Dog played their first East Coast shows in 15 years earlier this year, and hinted that some new tunes might be forthcoming from the band.

I missed Redd Kross when they played the inaugural CBGB Festival a couple of months back, but I'm hoping they'll come this way again. "Researching the Blues" sounds great based on the few songs I've heard, and I can't wait to dig into the whole thing. The album hits the stores August 7th.

And for something completely different streaming this week: NPR and KCRW have the new record by 22-year-old London pop singer Lianne La Havas, and KCRW has the latest by Brazilian trio Bonde Do Role, which KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe says deftly blends "traditional Brazilian music, surf rock, synth pop and punk rock."

NPR First Listen:
"Researching the Blues" by Redd Kross
"Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac" by various artists
"Is Your Love Big Enough?" by Lianne La Havas

Spinner.com's Listening Party:
"PLAY.ROCK.MUSIC" by Toadies
"Farewell Catalonia by Russ Rankin
"Afar" by Ice Choir
"Coast to Coast" by River City Tanlines
"Wild Quiet" by Junk Culture

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"Drink. Sing. Live. Love." by Versus the World
"Pool Party" by Ponderosa
"O' Be Joyful" by Shovels and Rope

KCRW Album Preview: 
"Tropicalbacanal" by Bonde Do Role

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