If it's Tuesday, it's time for us to sift through the week's new music and DVD releases to help you spend your hard-earned dollars on the best entertainment possible. Let's do it.
You know what's really weird? Both Ricky Martin and Sisqo have new albums coming out today. Would any of us considered it a remote possibility that the voices behind "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Thong Song" would be putting out new music in 2015? But I digress. There's actually some good music out there for your perusal:
Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. One of the more eagerly awaited new releases of the spring arrives from the former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman (aka J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty), and all indications are it's a winning follow-up to his revelatory Fear Fun album. A sample of him playing the title track live, right here:
JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll. The Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter is a new force to be reckoned with in roots-music circles, delivering some potent retro-rock and rockabilly. Here's a nice feature NPR did on him, and here's a taste of him playing live:
Fat Mike, Home Steet Home: Original Songs from the Shit Musical. You'll be forgiven for finding it hard to believe that the man behind NOFX and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes penned a full-blown piece of musical theater, but that's the case with Fat Mike's Home Street Home, a story of some homeless gutter punks that is opening on stage in San Francisco later this month. The soundtrack is out this week and features folks from Alkaline Trio, No Use for a Name, Lagwagon and others; here's a taste:
If keeping up with yet another apocalyptic tale of flesh-eating undead is too much to ask, consider seeing one of these new releases instead:
Nightcrawler garned all sorts of critical praise for Jake Gyllenhaal as an LA crime photographer, but the movie might have been a bit dark for Oscar voters. Here's the trailer:
Rosewater is the film Jon Stewart made when he went on hiatus from The Daily Show, and it's a true-life tale of a journalist imprisoned in Iran because of, in large part, his appearance on The Daily Show. Rosewater didn't sell a ton of tickets in theaters, but critics liked it well enough. Here's a look: