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New Releases, June 10: My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Alanis Morissette
Plus: Emmylou Harris, N.E.R.D., more
* * * My Morning Jacket "Evil Urges" (ATO)
The psychedelic-tinged alt-rockers return with their fifth studio album. This time around, however, the band is reportedly adding some new twists to its already popular mix. My Morning Jacket has dosed its regular lava lamp-friendly Southern rock sound with funky beats and synthesizers on "Evil Urges," a work that follows the 2005 studio effort "Z" and the 2006 live album "Okonokos." As expected, these road warriors, acclaimed for delivering wild rides on the concert stage, will support "Evil Urges" on tour. After performing at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival on June 13, the band will crisscross North America through mid-October. * * *
"Tha Carter III"
The troubled rap star, who tangled with the law earlier this year when drugs and a handgun were allegedly discovered on his tour bus, will now attempt to garner some positive headlines for his musical endeavors.
To help accomplish that feat, Lil Wayne is releasing "Tha Carter III," the third and final album in the so-called "Tha Carter" trilogy. The disc boasts an impressive lineup of guest contributors and producers, including Kanye West, The Alchemist, Cool & Dre and others.
The man born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. is currently in the midst of an 11-city swing in support of "Tha Carter III." The trek will wind up with a June 28 date in Sunrise, FL.
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"Flavors of Entanglement"
You oughta know--at least if you're a big fan--that Alanis Morissette is ready to deliver her seventh studio record, which follows 2004's "So-Called Chaos."
Morissette has certainly kept busy in recent years. In addition to recording and touring--including a co-headlining stint with Matchbox Twenty--the vocalist has collaborated with the likes of Ringo Starr, the Dave Matthews Band and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Last year, her YouTube parody/cover of the Black Eyed Peas' hit "My Humps" was one of the top downloads of '07, according to a press release; the video has been viewed more than 12 million times.
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"All I Intended to Be"
The country/bluegrass vet is set to drop her second offering on the Nonesuch imprint. "All I Intended to Be" follows last year's five-disc career retrospective, "Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems," which features previously unreleased material, demos, studio tracks and collaborations, as well as 2006's "All the Roadrunning" with Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.
Having already toured this year with Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller on the "3 Girls & Their Buddy" trek, Harris is now conducting her own headlining tour. The outing is currently scheduled to run through a July 31 date in San Diego, CA.
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The hip-hop troupe, which features Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, returns with a follow-up to 2004's "Fly Or Die." N.E.R.D. is currently supporting "Seeing Sounds" on the road as part of a Kanye West-led super-bill that also includes Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco.
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More new releases:
Priscilla Ahn, "A Good Day" (Blue Note)
Walter Becker, "Circus Money" (Mailboat)
Gene Clark, "Silverado '75-Live & Unreleased" (Collector's Choice)
DJ Tiësto, "In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 7" (Black Hole)
Jakob Dylan, "Seeing Things" (Sony)
The Fratellis, "Here We Stand" (Interscope)
James Hunter, "The Hard Way" (Hear Music)
Jethro Tull, "This Was" (Capitol)
Montgomery Gentry, "Back When I Knew It All" (Sony)
Plies, "Definition of Real" (Atlantic)
Martha Wainwright, "I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too" (Zoe)
Cassandra Wilson, "Loverly" (Blue Note)
Dan Zanes, "Nueva York!" (Festival Five)
Soundtracks and scores:
"The Incredible Hulk" (Marvel)