New Music Monday

New Music Monday: Flash/Peter Banks, Los Lobos, Nick Lowe, Dethklok, Roy Harper, Kill Devil Hill

New Music Monday: Flash/Peter Banks, Los Lobos, Nick Lowe, Dethklok, Roy Harper, Kill Devil Hill

The week arrives with cool opportunities to experience classic Flash with Peter Banks, Los Lobos in a nervy, stripped-down format, and a warmly recommended Yuletide offering from Nick Lowe.

New Music Monday: King Crimson, Motorhead, Van Morrison, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears, Ted Nugent

New Music Monday: King Crimson, Motorhead, Van Morrison, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears, Ted Nugent

Motorhead gears back up, while a series of favorite acts get the splashy reissue treatment. It is, in fact, a huge week for reexaminations of classic rock recordings.

New Music Monday: Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Smith, Soilwork, James Booker, Halestorm

New Music Monday: Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Smith, Soilwork, James Booker, Halestorm

Paul McCartney is sounding as Paul McCartney as ever, making for an infectious return to rock after years away. Lonnie Smith is also tracing his own roots, only in this case it’s soul-lifting organ jazz.

New Music Monday: Alex Chilton, Marc Cary, Dire Straits, Randy Brecker, Badfinger, William Shatner

New Music Monday: Alex Chilton, Marc Cary, Dire Straits, Randy Brecker, Badfinger, William Shatner

An intimate moment with Alex Chilton provides incredible new musical insights into his off-beat genius, while Marc Cary takes his keyboard into a series of new intriguing directions.

New Music Monday: Dave Stewart, Martin Barre, Alice Cooper, Rush, Tim Berne, Nirvana, Metallica, Soulfly

New Music Monday: Dave Stewart, Martin Barre, Alice Cooper, Rush, Tim Berne, Nirvana, Metallica, Soulfly

Dave Stewart continues to absorb Americana and roots influences into his work, with terrific results — while Martin Barre sticks his toe in the warm waters of a post-Jethro Tull solo career.

New Music Monday: Elton John, Gov’t Mule, Sting, Matthew Shipp, Allen Toussaint, Yoko Ono

New Music Monday: Elton John, Gov’t Mule, Sting, Matthew Shipp, Allen Toussaint, Yoko Ono

Elton John has returned with an elegiac Tumbleweed Connection-era style triumph, while Gov’t Mule, Sammy Hagar and Willie Nelson are joined by a series of famous friends. Sting, meanwhile, disappoints.

New Music Monday: Gregory Porter, Left Lane Cruiser, Carcass, the Band, Starship, Gwar, Tony Joe White

New Music Monday: Gregory Porter, Left Lane Cruiser, Carcass, the Band, Starship, Gwar, Tony Joe White

Gregory Porter is like a next-gen Donny Hathaway, so smooth and yet so talented. Left Lane Cruiser is back with another raucous outing. And Mickey Thomas’ Starship returns with its own flinty recording.

New Music Monday: Levin Minnemann Rudress, Ahmad Jamal, Mark Knopfler, Trombone Shorty

New Music Monday: Levin Minnemann Rudress, Ahmad Jamal, Mark Knopfler, Trombone Shorty

A meeting of the minds combining members of King Crimson, Dream Theater and Steven Wilson’s band tops this New Music Monday slate. Meanwhile, Mark Knopfler’s celebrated Privateering finally sees U.S. release.

New Music Monday: North Mississippi Allstars, UB40, Dave Holland, Marc Bolan, Ed Roland, Steve Gadd

New Music Monday: North Mississippi Allstars, UB40, Dave Holland, Marc Bolan, Ed Roland, Steve Gadd

The North Mississippi Allstars invited friends and family over, yet their new album is anything but trapped in nostalgia. Meanwhile, UB40 has added a distinctive new element to its tried-and-true reggae method.

New Music Monday: Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Mike Keneally, The Rides, Sly and the Family Stone

New Music Monday: Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Mike Keneally, The Rides, Sly and the Family Stone

Massive box sets devoted to the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Sly and the Family Stone took us on wildly disparate musical journeys this week. Then, there was Stephen Stills’ blues-rocking new trio, the Rides.