• Seasick Steve, 'Dog House Music' (Bronzerat)

    This sixtysomething bluesman, who reportedly has jammed with both Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain, spent the last decade or so busking around Europe, playing classicist blues on guitars he built out of spare parts. His own songs are stuffed with references to old dogs and "that flophouse down on Main Street," and he inexplicably broke through in England a few years ago with this album, which reached No. 37 on the U.K. charts, and is just now being released in his native country. It might be a revelation for devotees of the blues, but for the rest of us, it's mostly just a rip-roaring advertisement for spending a night drinking with Seasick Steve. BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • Lightning Dust, 'Infinite Light' (Jagjaguwar)

    Judging by their second album as Lightning Dust, Amber Webber and Joshua Wells badly needed a break from the sprawling guitar heroics of stoner-rock day job Black Mountain. They apply a borrowed Steinway Grand and some retro synths to a mess of ideas, from the rockabilly-plus-tabla stomp of "The Time" to the Arcade Fire mimicry of "Antonia Jane." But they really shine on epic, Bat for Lashes-type ballads like "Never Seen" and "Waiting on the Sun to Rise," with Wells showing off her voice's powerful quaver. BUY: iTunesAmazon

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    Bruce Springsteen to Play 'Born To Run' Album Live!

    Ever get annoyed when your favorite band refuses to play their old hits? Well, Bruce Springsteen's fans in Chicago won't be facing that problem. The Boss and his E. Street Band will be playing their 1975 classic Born To Run in its entirety on September 20 at the Windy City's Union Center! Bruce has never been shy about digging into his back catalogue. At Bonnaroo he pulled out some obscure gems in a requests-driven segment of his headlining set, and last year he played both Born To Run and 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town at a benefit for Red Bank, New Jersey's Count Basie Theater. Performing entire albums is certainly en vogue this summer. Aerosmith and Motley Crue have been playing their classics --1975's Toys in Attic and 1989's Dr. Feelgood, respectively -- while Public Enemy has been performing 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back at several festivals.

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    Siren Fest Hits Brooklyn Like a Cyclone

    Coney Island, a sprawl of antiquated amusement park rides and fried food on the South coast of Brooklyn, is home to the Village Voice's annual free Siren Festival, which took place on Saturday. Performers on the fest's two stages had to compete with the 50 cent freak show, hot dog eating contests, and the Cyclone, an ancient wooden rollercoaster that appears to be one loose rivet away from deadly disaster. The sideshow was like a gauntlet testing the mettle of each band that played. A recap: British newcomers Micachu and the Shapes deserve some credit: For a band known for using toy instruments, they can sure make an unholy racket. But Saturday that noise never turned into a particularly engaging show.

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    Wavves Returns -- and Doesn't Freak Out

    The last time the up-and-coming noise-surf-punk project Wavves played in public, some six weeks ago at Spain's Primavera Sound Festival, singer-guitarist Nathan Williams had a spectacular, drug-fueled meltdown -- insulting the audience, fighting with drummer Ryan Ulsh, storming off stage, and canceling his European tour. Then just a few days ago, Williams broke his wrist skateboarding. So Wavves -- Williams, joined live by Ulsh -- had a lot to prove Wednesday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, in their first U.S.

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