Roots star Xavier Rudd kicks off a mixed bag of albums this week with Usher, Hot Chip, The Hives, Diesel and more.
Xavier Rudd should do very well with his new album Spirit Bird, lead by his most successful single yet ‘Follow The Sun’. Speaking of beachy types, Donovan Frankenreiter releases Start Livin.
R&B royalty Usher delivers his new album Looking For Myself and British electro geeks Hot Chip release their latest effort In Our Heads
Swedish rock gods The Hives finally put out their new album Lex Hives, the posthumous Joey Ramone solo album Ya Know comes out today and there’s a new album from Welsh nutcases Future Of The Left titled The Plot Against Common Sense.
Bluesman Diesel has You Get There From Here and The Lil’ Band O’Gold deliver their guest-o-riffic The Lil’ Band O’ Gold Plays Fats.
Nashville legend Alan Jackson has thirteen new songs on Thirty Miles West, and Seattle country folkie lass Brandi Carlile has her new album Bear Creek.
Post-punk legend Patti Smith gives us Banga and Heart have their hand-picked rarities, hits and demos collection Strange Euphoria.
There’s the new Melvins Lite album Freak Puke and kooky British indie outfit alt-J (∆) release An Awesome Wave.
Welsh folk-pop act Cate Le Bon offers CRYK and British singer-songwriter Rumer has Boys Don’t Cry.
There’s some flaming rock n’ roll from locals Jackson Firebird on Cock Rockin.
And to round it off, we have the soundtracks to Rock Of Ages and Prometheus, and Greatest Hits packages from Michael Bolton, Willie Nelson, Patty Smyth, Frank Sinatra.
Check out our chat with Xavier Rudd about Spirit Bird below.