This Week's New Album Releases (1/17/11)

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Each week we highlight notable album releases we care about. This week, we bring you an even 10 from an Allman Brother, a 33-year-old punk band and some new favorites.

Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues
Gregg Allman’s first solo album in 14 years comes out tomorrow. We celebrated by looking back at the 10 Best Allman Brothers Songs of All Time.

The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
“Framed by crisp layers of pedal steel, acoustic guitar and harmonica, the album’s tracklist is an exercise in rustic restraint, with only one song topping the five-minute mark.” Gillian Welch adds vocals and Peter Buck lends his guitar to this prog-less affair. Read Andrew Leahey’s full review.

Dolorean – The Unfazed
Damien Jurado’s sometimes backing band is releasing their fourth album this week after taking a three-year hiatus. Read Steve LaBate’s review later this week.

Modern Skirts – Gramahawk
“It’s tough to say whether they were driven to madness by one too many Ben Folds comparisons or performed some musical voodoo ritual during the four weeks they spent recording in New Orleans, but former piano-poppers Modern Skirts emerge on Gramahawk a changed band.” Read Rachel Bailey’s full review, coming tomorrow.

Daniel Martin Moore – Cool of the Day
Like another Sup Pop discovery Iron & Wine, Moore’s singing is somewhat hushed, but the banjo, mandolin, guitar and twinkling piano behind ranges from Americana to jazz. Read China Reever’s full review, coming later this week.

Ponderosa – Moonlight Revival
“At their best, Ponderosa puts some much-needed roll back in rock—that gritty, soulful, free-swingin’ blues-and-country-based rock ’n’ roll sound that has almost entirely eluded the indie-rock world for years: a little bit of Muscle Shoals stirred in a pot with some early-’70s Stones, Rod Stewart-fronted Faces and their heirs apparent, The Black Crowes, then dashed with Zeppelin’s sexy swagger and Skynyrd’s Southern boogie.” Read Steve LaBate’s full review.

Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
On their sophomore record and first for Fat Possum, the young men in Smith Westerns have left the garage behind, coming into their own as both songwriters and musicians. Read Max Blau’s interview or Liz Stinson’s full review, coming tomorrow.

Social Distortion – Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
It’s hard to believe it’s been 33 years since Social Distortion formed in California. Mike Ness digs back into ‘70s New York punk for the band’s first record in seven years. Read Jeff Leven’s full review, coming tomorrow.

Tennis – Cape Dory
“Recorded by married couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley upon their return to dry land after a seven-month sailing trip, Cape Dory is a striking collection of cheery handclaps and 1960s girl group-inspired vocals that—a perfect cure for seasonal affective disorder.” Read Bonnie Stiernberg’s full review or Wyndham Wyeth’s interview with the band.

White Lies – Ritual
The London trio won a Mojo Breakthrough Award for its debut To Lose My Life…, which topped the British charts. Random fact: White Lies also helped Laura Marling get her first gig in London.

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