Alkaline Trio "My Shame Is True"
Authority Zero "The Tipping Point"
The Band Perry "Pioneer"
Petula Clark (now 80) "Lost in You" (her first original English language album in 15 years)
Cold War Kids "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts"
Darling Parade (Nashville indie band) "Battle Scars and Broken Hearts"
Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes drummer) "Victor DeLorenzo"
Sean Forbes (Detroit-based deaf rapper) "Perfect Imperfection"
Beth Hart "Bang Bang Boom Boom"
Hawk Nelson "Made"
Heavy Hawaii (San Diego alt-rock group) "Goosebumps"
Killswitch Engage (original vocalist Jesse Leach rejoins) "Disarm the Descent"
Kinski (Seattle rock band) "Cosy Moments"
Merchandise (Tampa-based band) "Totale Nite"
Mudhoney "Vanishing Point"
New Kids on the Block "10″ (their first album since 2008)
Jonas Reinhardt "Mask of the Maker"
B.J. Thomas "The Living Room Sessions" (covers of his classic hits; guests include Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Keb' Mo', Isaac Slade of The Fray, Richard Marx, Steve Tyrell)
Tyler, The Creator "Wolf"
Various artists "The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver" (contributors: Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Evan Dando)
Warbeast (Texas thrash heavyweights) "Destroy"
Gretchen Wilson "Right on Time"
Wolf Eyes "No Answer: Lower Floors"
Eagles "The Studio Albums 1972-1979 [Box set]" (six CDs, from "Eagles" to "The Long Run")
The Four Tops "50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1964-1972″ (three CDs)
Grateful Dead "Dick's Picks Volume 24: Cow Palace, Daly City, CA 3/23/74″ (two CDs; remastered)
Jewel "Jewel: The Greatest Hits Remixed" (10 tracks)
Gladys Knight & The Pips "Silk N' Soul + The Nitty Gritty [MP3]" (1968, 1969 albums; 26 songs)
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972″
The Rolling Stones "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out: The Rolling Stones in Concert (Anniversary Edition) [CD/DVD]" (1970 album; remastered; three CDs and a bonus DVD containing the film)
Streetheart "Action: The Best of Streetheart"
The Temptations "Live At The Copa & With a Lot of Soul" (1968, 1967 albums; 24 songs)
NEW MUSIC TUESDAY-- BIGGEST NEW CD RELEASES (ALL FORMATS)
Alkaline Trio "My Shame Is True"
Megadeth have nailed down the lineup for this year's Gigantour. "[I] finalized the bands for Gigantour 2013 and have to admit, I am hella impressed!!," posted Dave Mustaine. "Details coming soon."
Mustaine personally selects the artists for the festival, which Megadeth first founded in 2005. Gigantour made its return last year for the first time since 2008 with a bill that included Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil.
Megadeth recently completed recording their forthcoming album, "Super Collider," which will be released on June 4. more on this story
AARON RODGERS COULD WIND UP THE HIGHEST-PAID PLAYER IN NFL HISTORY
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are getting closer to a long-term contract extension that would make the quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Sources in the league are speculating that the deal could average $25 million per year.
Rodgers is under contract through 2014, but his base salary in 2013 is $9.25 million… that's drastically less than the contracts other star quarterbacks have just inked.
As of right now, Joe Flacco is the NFL's highest-paid player. He signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract with the reigning champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Saints signed Drew Brees to a deal last year that pays him an annual base salary of $20 million. Peyton Manning's deal with the Denver Broncos pays a base salary of $18 million.
BACON, BACON BACON..... FLAVORED CONDOMS... (CUE THE 'PORK', 'PORKING' DOUBLE ENTENDRES)
A Seattle-based company has introduced Bacon Condoms...... to "make your meat look like meat."
As an added bonus, each condom is coated with its very own bacon lube.
The company, J&D Foods, published a press release that said, "Bacon Condoms are proudly Made in America of the highest quality latex and rigorously tested to help ensure the utmost reliability and safety for when you're makin' Bacon."
It also states, "Science has shown us that 10 out of 10 people prefer the smell of Bacon to coconut, which makes this the most anticipated new product of the summer."
** By the way, this is the same company that brought us the bacon coffin, bacon mayonnaise and bacon sunscreen.
In an interview earlier this week, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth surprised no one by revealing that he'd had his private part insured by Lloyd's of London.
Addressing a rumor that he had his entire body insured, he pointed out that he had, in fact, only insured "Little Elvis." He mentioned that this was a case of, "Get out of the way of a good rumor."
He said that before the band went on an early tour, "We had to insure [guitarist] Edward's fingers, since he will be using those a lot on the road, and [drummer] Alex Van Halen's elbows. So I said, 'What about Little Elvis? We're going to be using him a lot." more on this story
Dave Grohl has been named as the man who'll induct Rush into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but it's not known whether he'll jam with the Canadian giants during the ceremony.
He and Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins will do the honours as Geddy Lee, ALex Lifeson and Neil Peart finally receive the credit fans believe they've deserved since they were first eligible in 1999.
Rock Hall boss Joel Peresman tells Rolling Stone: "Dave and Taylor were one of the first people we thought about to induct Rush. They said 'yes' in about two seconds."
Of the chances of a jam session he says: "I'm hopeful. More than a few times in the past, people have got caught in the moment and decide to perform. That's what happened last year with Green Day — they were just there to present an award to Guns n'Roses, and after hanging around rehearsals, they decided to play.
"You have Dave around, Don Henley there – who knows what will happen? We have some very interesting people." more on this story
FOO FIGHTERS WILL INDUCT RUSH INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Confirmed: the Foo Fighters will induct Rush into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month.
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will honor Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, and they may even take the stage together.
Don Henley of the Eagles will induct Randy Newman. John Fogerty and Jackson Browne will perform with him.
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell will play with Heart, who will also be inducted by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
A GAY NFL PLAYER "STRONGLY CONSIDERING" COMING OUT
A gay NFL player is thinking about coming out.
Sources say a current gay player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months, and will continue with his career.
The player is worried about the reaction from homophobic fans, not from other players.
NEW MUSIC TUESDAY-- BIGGEST NEW CD RELEASES (ALL FORMATS)
David Archuleta "No Matter How Far"
The Black Lillies "Runaway Freeway Blues"
Crystal Bowersox "All That for This" (guest: Jakob Dylan)
Depeche Mode "Delta Machine"
Dido "Girl Who Got Away"
Alan Jackson "Precious Memories Volume II"
Lil Wayne "I Am Not a Human Being II" (guests: Drake, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, Future, Gunplay, Detail, Gudda Gudda, Boo, Trina, Shane Heyl, Juicy J)
Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) "We All Get Lighter"
Maggie Rose "Cut to Impress"
Sevendust "Black Out the Sun"
Blake Shelton "Based on a True Story …" (guests: Pistol Annies, Gwen Sebastian)
Harper Simon (son of Paul Simon) "Division Street"
Slow Knights (Derek Gruen, a.k.a. Del Marquis, of Scissor Sisters) "Cosmos" (guests: Rod Thomas, Xavier Smith, Chrissie Poland, Bridget Barkan, Mykal Kilgore)
Streetlight Manifesto "The Hands That Thieve"
The Strokes "Comedown Machine"
Stryper "Second Coming" (new versions of 14 past tracks, with two new songs)
Suicidal Tendencies "13″ (the hard-thrash metal legends' first original material since 2000)
Thompson Square "Just Feels Good"
Various artists "NOW That's What I Call Music! 84″ (two CDs)
Bon Jovi "ICON" (best-of)
The Coasters "The Definitive Coasters: A Sides & B Sides" (61 songs)
The Doors "Morrison Hotel" (1970 album)
Steve Forbert "Alive On Arrival/Jackrabbit Slim (Special Anniversary Edition)" (1978, 1979 albums; remastered; two CDs, with 12 bonus tracks)
Iron Maiden "Maiden England '88″ (recorded at Birmingham NEC on Nov. 27-28, 1988)
Paul McCartney "Liverpool Sound Collage" (2000 ambient electronic album)
Sade "X2: Diamond Life / Soldier of Love" (1984, 2010 albums on one CDs)
Simple Minds "Celebrate: The Greatest Hits" (two CDs, 36 songs; Deluxe edition, with a third CD)
Stephen Stills "Carry On [Box set]" (four-CD career retrospective; 82 tracks, 25 previously unreleased)
The Strokes "The Collection" (featuring their first four albums)
Van Halen "The Studio Albums 1978-1984 [Box set]" (contains the band's first six albums)
Various artists "Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-1967″ (24 tracks)
Wendy and Lisa "Wendy and Lisa (Special Edition)" (1987 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks)
MUSIC on DVD / Blu-ray
Sebastian Bach "ABachalypse Now [DVD/CD]" (includes footage from the GrasPop Festival in Belgium, Hellfest in France and the Nokia show from Los Angeles)
Peter Frampton "Live in Detroit [DVD]" (filmed on July 17, 1999, at Pine Knob Amphitheatre)
Ringo Starr "Ringo At The Ryman [DVD]" (filmed on July 7, 2012; his 2012 All Starr Band included Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette and Mark Rivera; special guest: Joe Walsh)