Sunday, May 8, 2011

NEW ROCK RELEASES OF THE WEEK - MAY 8

"Somewhere In The Stratosphere", by Shinedown
SHINEDOWN - SOMEWHERE IN THE STRATOSPHERE (Atlantic Records)
Somewhere In The Stratosphere is a deluxe 2 CD package that includes audio from two full live sets, one acoustic and one electric, from platinum recording group Shinedown. Somewhere in the Stratosphere includes performances from a Washington state concert and their most recent Anything and Everything: An Acoustic Evening With Shinedown tour. Hard Rock



 
"Carrying Lightning", by Amanda Shires
AMANDA SHIRES - CARRYING LIGHTNING (Silver Knife Records) 
Much like Neko Case's Blacklisted and Lucinda Williams' Happy Woman Blues, Carrying Lightning is the work of an artist gaining control of her considerable talents and funneling them into a cohesive whole. From playing fiddle in the Texas Playboys at the precocious age of 15 to playing with Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong just this year, Shires displays the kind of talent that has garnered her praise and support from artists like Justin Townes Earle, DeVotchKa and Jason Isbell. Singer Songwriter



"When The Madhouses Appear", by The Fling
THE FLING - WHEN THE MADHOUSES APPEAR (Dangerbird Records)
The debut full-length album from The Fling. 'The album achieves that difficult balance between cohesion and contour: that is, each song has its own silhouette, but is clearly part of the same landscape... heartfelt and personal-an unfiltered transcript of inner monologues.' - LA Record
'Beautifully melodic and well-textured songwriting - instantly sing-alongable yet arranged complexly enough to warrant multiple listens... their angelic harmonies left me speechless the first time they soared through my speakers' - Creative Loafing Indie Rock




"Weights & Measures", by Hyland
HYLAND - WEIGHTS & MEASURES (Tooth And Nails Records)
In the same city where Bob Dylan, Prince and even those scrappy garage rockers the Replacements all got their start, another standout rock 'n' roll act, Hyland, has been quickly making a name for itself in Minneapolis and beyond.
Hyland serves up eclectic anthems reminiscent of Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, and Anberlin. Armed with a veritable arsenal of inventive hooks and inspired melodies, a relatable, everyman take on everything from God to girls, and the tireless work ethic Midwesterners are known for, Hyland is about to make its mark on an even grander scale with Weights & Measures, the band's first full-length release. Rock

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