Old Friends Two "old friends" are rising back into the aural zeitgeist next week. Heart vocalist Ann Wilson returns with Hope & Glory, her debut solo album showcasing a new, poignant, serious-minded original song and 11 powerfully resonating cover s

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Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno presents the Kings of Leon Thursday and Spoon Tuesday. The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Arctic Monkeys Friday, Kayne West Monday and Suzanne Vega Tuesday. Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Dinosaur Jr. Wednesday and Hot Hot Heat on Friday. Jimmy Kimmel Live features Rilo Kiley Wednesday and Galactic Thursday. And The Henry Rollins Show on IFC features Steven Tyler of Aerosmith Friday.

New Releases Coming Tuesday
50 Cent ­ Curtis (Interscope) ooh, so gangster lean with guests Justin Timberlake and the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger; Animal Collective ­ Strawberry Jam (Domino) on tour now; Baby Elephant ­ Turn My Teeth Up! (Defend) wickedly funky trio of Prince Paul, Newkirk and Bernie Worrell, getting silly with guests David Byrne, Nona Hendryx, DJ Roc Raida and George Clinton; Eric Bibb ­ An Evening With Eric Bibb (M.C. Records) live recording from Sydney, Australia, in 2002, featuring a terrific cover of Reverend Gary Davis' "I Heard the Angels Singing"; The Black Lips ­ Good Bad not Evil (Vice) Atlanta's underground "flower punk" royalty, lusciously bathed in Music Machine and Lords of the New Church; Carbon/Silicon - "The Magic Suitcase" (Carbon/Silicon) new seven-inch and CD single from Punk godfathers Mick Jones of The Clash and Tony James of Generation X; Charlemagne ­ We Can Build an Island (SideCho) head spinning in waves of Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman abandon, Carl Johns' latest configuration of his Brooklyn combo feels like an old friend; Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True (Hip-O) 48-track, 30th anniversary reissue packed with outtakes, Pathway Studio demos and the young band's soundcheck and 18-song concert at The Nashville Rooms from the summer of 1977; Rob Crow ­ "Up" (Temporary Residence) CD single with exclusive bonus songs and a video for the title track; Ani DiFranco ­ Canon (Righteous Babe) 35-song career retrospective, featuring new recordings of five older songs and her new theme song for Lifetime TV's new series State of Mind; The Dirty Projectors ­ Rise Above (Dead Oceans) "re-imagining" Black Flag's Damaged album; The Go! Team ­ Proof of Youth (Sub Pop) with guest Chuck D on "Flashlight Fight," and a four-track bonus in the CDs first pressing; Grand National - A Drink and a Quick Decision (Recall) this highly anticipated sophomore release promises a bonus cover of Neil Young's "Old Man" and new remixes in a "deluxe" pressing; Joe Henry ­ Civilians (Anti) with guests Bill Frisell and Van Dyke Parks; Ha Ha Tonka ­ Buckle In the Bible Belt (Bloodshot); Hot Hot Heat - Happiness Ltd. (Sire) with new guitarist Luke Paquin; Johannes Linstead and Nicholas Gunn ­ Encanto (Gemini Sun); Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin - Kane Welch Kaplin (Compass) sliding into that shadowy-cool Cowboy Junkies vein in "Ain't Gonna Do It," this storytelling trio features a nice run through the traditional "What Are They Doin' In Heaven Today?"; Mono ­ Gone (Temporary Residence) CD or three-LP vinyl set collecting rare singles and B-sides, including "Memorie dal Futuro," commissioned by Cameron Crowe for his Vinyl Films imprint; Oz Noy ­ Fuzzy (Magnatude) new jaw-dropping runs from Israel's master guitarist with guests Will Lee on bass and drummer Anton Fig, featuring a beautiful interpretation of Prince's "Sometimes It Snows In April" and a snarling stagger through Thelonious Monk's "Evidence"; Orange ­ Escape From L.A. (Hellcat/Epitaph) featuring their punked-up cover of Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon"; Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs (Touch & Go) with drummers Chris Prescott of No Knife and Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From the Crypt; Qui - Love's Miracle (Ipecac) new from former Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow; Johnathan Rice ­ Further North (Warner Bros.) with songwriting chops far beyond his tender years, this follow-up to 2005's Trouble Is Real features a duet with Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kelly on "The End of the Affair"; Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills (Merge) produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Björn & John; Chris Volz ­ Redemption (Rock Ridge) solo debut from the former member of Flaw and Five.Bolt.Main, with guests Chris Vitali of Orange 9mm and Danny Schuler of Biohazard; The War: A Ken Burns Film ­ original PBS documentary film soundtrack (Sony Legacy) featuring the newly recorded "American Anthem" by Norah Jones, the WWII-era collection is also available in a special box set featuring a series "viewers guide" and an extended booklet essay; Kanye West ­ Graduation (Def Jam) with guest Chris Martin of Coldplay; Bernie Worrell ­ Improvisczario (Defend/GFM) with guests Prince Paul, Mike Gordon of Phish, Will Calhoun of Living Colour and Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule, the funky keyboard wiz and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame double-inductee is back with an all-new CD and behind-the-scenes DVD set; Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth & Collected Works (Domino) three CD set featuring the 1980 album, rare B-sides and sessions with John Peel.

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