An early look at this year's music releases

  • Article by: SCOTT MERVIS , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Give the People What They Want”

If you’re looking for some new tunes to ease you into the new year, here’s a sampling of upcoming releases. As always, the dates are subject to change.


Bruce Springsteen, “High Hopes”: Collection of covers and outtakes from the past decade with guest spots from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and contributions from the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.

Jennifer Nettles, “That Girl”: Debut album from the big-voiced Sugarland singer produced by Rick Rubin with songwriting assistance from Butch Walker, Sara Bareilles and Richard Marx.

Broken Bells, “After the Disco”: Second album from the indie-rock duo of James Mercer (Shins) and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley), who is also producing the new U2 album.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Songs From the Movie”: Debut orchestral album features new interpretations of 10 of her songs, arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Björk, Joni Mitchell).

Roseanne Cash, “The River and the Thread”: This Blue Note Records debut is her first album in four years and features appearances by Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (the Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (the Punch Brothers).

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Give the People What They Want”: The fifth album from the Brooklyn-based funk/soul band comes in the wake of the lead singer’s bout with cancer.

David Broza, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem”: Israeli singer-songwriter and activist recorded in East Jerusalem with musicians from both Palestine and Israel, produced by Steve Greenberg and Steve Earle.

JAN. 21

Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”: Folk punk band’s first album since 2010’s “White Crosses” also is the first full-length since frontman Tom Gabel became Laura Jane Grace.

Mogwai, “Rave Tapes”: Eighth studio album from the Scottish post-rock band was recorded over the summer in the band’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow and reunites Mogwai with Paul Savage, who coproduced “Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will.”

Warpaint, “Warpaint”: Second album from the LA indie-psych band was produced by Flood (U2, New Order) and mixed by Nigel Godrich.

Young the Giant, “Mind Over Matter”: Second album from the Southern California band was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83).

JAN. 28

David Crosby, “Croz”: First solo album in 20 years from the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (Byrds/CSN) features guest spots from Wynton Marsalis, Mark Knopfler and Leland Sklar. He co-wrote many of the songs with his son, James Raymond.

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