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NEW RELEASES: FLICKERING FORWARD (UPDATE)
Niall, Future-Thug, more. (10/23a)
THIS CHART STORY IS PRETTY IN P!NK
P!nk is BIG. (10/20a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SURPRISES ON THE GRAMMY BALLOT
Expect the unexpected. (10/23a)
THE GRAMMY CONVERSATIONS,
TAKE TWO
Singers and songwriters talk shop. (10/23a)
HITS GRAMMY SPECIAL
You buy ad now, yes?
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
Critics' Choice
GRETA VAN FLEET AT THE TROUBADOUR: VALHALLA OF A SHOW
10/22/17

Republic’s Greta Van Fleet took the stage before a packed house at L.A.’s Troubadour on Thursday night and suggested—with gusto—that big, heavy, melodic, ambitious rock music may be on the verge of a renaissance in the mainstream.

The Michigan band (brothers Josh Kiszka, Jake Kiszka and Sam Kiszka on vocals, guitar and bass/keys, respectively, along with drummer Danny Wagner) knows the tropes of classic rock inside and out, and delivers them with genuine verve. Josh’s voice, it should be said, is such a dead ringer for early Robert Plant that some critics have suggested it’s kept the band from truly finding its own lane. There’s some merit to this, but that voice, with its precision and power, is truly a marvel to experience in a live setting, and one rather imagines that with a little time and seasoning this effective and engaging quartet will evolve something entirely, compellingly its own. The instrumental chemistry is tight as hell, and Jake’s guitarwork sizzles.

The Troub set included all the songs from the group’s recent EP, Black Smoke Rising (including the rampaging “Safari Song” and the gospel-fired “Flower Power”), as well as several others that suggested they’re taking more chances than ever. “Edge of Darkness,” in particular, has real majesty. GVF hasn’t taken rock anywhere new yet, but they purvey it with love and intensity—we’ll be sticking around to see what’s next.

ADULT BOOKS
10/20/17

X's John Doe and industry veteran Tom DeSavia previously collaborated on the X book Under the Big Black Sun, which was an L.A. Times bestseller and Grammy-nominated audiobook; now the pair have announced they'll be doing a sequel with Da Capo Press, aptly titled More Fun in the New World (reflecting, like Sun, a key X album title). Here, after some reflection, the pair offer their shared view of our publication.

THE SOUNDS OF BLACK FRIDAY
10/19/17

Black Friday, the day you awaken from a carb- and Zinfandel-stoked overdose, is again a celebration of the vinyl record courtesy of the folks who deliver Record Store Day in April.

Offerings at this year’s event, set for 11/24—the birthdate of Lee Michaels, Pete Best and Scott Joplin—include limited releases from Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Big Star’s Chris Bell and two Paul McCartney Christmas singles.

Sony’s Legacy Recordings is releasing Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits on colored vinyl; a four LP set of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live At Luther College; rapper Prodigy’s “Keep It Thoro” on a  12" picture disc; and a Preservation Hall Jazz Band live album, Run Stop & Drop!! (The Needle).

Rhino is preparing 12 limited edition releases. The LPs are Dimebag Darrell’s The Hitz (limited to 6,000 copies); The DoorsAbsolutely Live (2-LP, 12,000 copies on midnight blue vinyl); Grateful Dead Records Collection (5-LP boxed set, 7,500 copies); The Notorious B.I.G.’s Hypnotize (9,000 copies on black and orange mixed vinyl); 50th anniversary edition of Otis Redding’s Live In Europe (6,000 copies on 140-gram red vinyl); the 40th anniversary Deluxe Edition of Richard Hell and The Voidoids’ Blank Generation (2-LP limited edition of 4,500 copies); Son Volt’s Straightaways (4,500 copies); Twisted Sister’s A Twisted Christmas (4,200 copies on green vinyl); and Tori Amos Y Kant Tori Read (6,500 copies on orange vinyl).

They also have a 7-inch of Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra doing “Respect” and “Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do).”

Omnivore is releasing the six-LP The Complete Chris Bell featuring the complete recordings of the Big Star co-founder, and the three-LP The RaspberriesPop Art Live  on red, blue, and yellow vinyl.

McCartney has two 7-inch releases. The A side is a new version of "Wonderful Christmastime” recorded with The Roots. The green vinyl features The Decemberists’ rendition of “Jesus Christ” on the flip and the red vinyl is backed by a live Norah Jones performance of “Peace on Earth.”

LPs from Gorillaz, Sonny Rollins, Tangerine Dream and Sun Ra are also on the slate of releases, which can be found here. Participating stores are listed here.