It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week’s big release is from the Jonas Brothers—and sorry, but it’s pretty blah since all the boys do is whine about “Lines, Vines and Trying Times.” Luckily, there are some great new albums coming at ya from a few musicians and bands you may or may not have heard of—including Laura Izibor, Street Sweeper Social Club, Jill Hennessy, Sarah Jarosz, and Among The Oak And Ash.
The Jonas Brothers, Lines, Vines and Trying Times
The Jonas Brothers fourth album is a’ight (um, how have they put out four albums when they’re, like, 16), if you’re into teeny bopper boy bands. But just like 45 seconds of porn, they accidentally played to an elementary school yesterday. I’d say this video is better on mute.
Laura Izibor, Let The Truth Be Told
Laura Izibor is kinda like Lauryn Hill, lite. But still, her last name is a misnomer. She’s got enough soul on her debut record to give any Stella her groove back.
Street Sweeper Social Club, Street Sweeper Social Club
Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, has created yet another band with bass-slapping, angsty rap chants like “Fight! Smash! Win!” and “If You Gotta Black List, I Want To Be On It.” But for all the bark, there’s not that much bite on this record. However, this live performance makes me think the CD production isn’t doing them justice.
Jill Hennessy, Ghost In My Head
If you miss Lilith Fair and are looking for a new guitar goddess, Jill Hennessy may have just the earnest acoustic jams you’ve been missing. Known primarily as Jordan on “Crossing Jordan,” even in the tough lady emo genre, Jill makes a good argument for actresses becoming singers. And this is just her first record.
Sarah Jarosz, Song Up In Her Head
Sarah is like a folksy Feist or wannabe Emmy Lou Harris. Neither is a bad aspiration, especially for a girl who is barely legal. Jarosz’s debut will have you seriously considering upping the amount of time you spend listening to blue grass.
Among The Oak And Ash, Among The Oak And Ash
This band does a pop-tastic cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Peggy O.” While I can’t stop listening to it, wishing my name was Peg, this harmonizing duo goes so plucky on the rest of their record, that Michael Flatley might just choreograph his new “River Dance” to this debut album.