Weekly US music releases: eclectic Beck and sophomore MGMT

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On April 13, a diverse group of recordings hit the market, led by the anticipated sophomore release from rock duo MGMT with others from the 1960s to the 1990s.

MGMT, Congratulations
Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser deliver the follow-up to their 2008 debut album Oracular Spectacular, with a nine-track collection, including one 12-minute song, and referencing everything from Lady Gaga to the recession, as well as a surfing theme. This alternative rock release from Columbia will be supported by an upcoming tour following Coachella (April 17) and Bamboozle fests (May 2).
http://www.whoismgmt.com

Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
Legendary rock guitarist releases his first album in seven years, produced by Trevor Horn on Atco/Rhino. The Grammy-winner features guest vocalist Joss Stone and a 64-piece orchestra on Puccini's Nessun Dorma. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer even puts his signature riffs on "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" from The Wizard Of Oz, as well as original compositions. He tours South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan before the US mid-April, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival. http://www.jeffbeck.com

Devo, Fresh/What We Do
The first singles from the band's upcoming album are part of a "Song Study" with fans deciding which track to include, "Fresh" or "What We Do," on the Warner Bros release in May. A blue vinyl 12-inch hits stores April 17. The 1980s American new wave act with its distinctive quirky electronic rock and "devolved" look, reunites after 20 years with a similar, if not evolved, sound. To vote on the song, listen online at: http://songstudy.clubdevo.com/
www.clubdevo.com/

Natalie Merchant, Leave Your Sleep
Singer-songwriter Merchant releases her first album since 2001 with a two-CD set from Nonesuch. Inspired by 19th and 20th century poetry, 26 songs are adapted from verses by Charles Manley Hopkins, Ogden Nash, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. With 125 musicians, ranging from jazz and chamber to Celtic and reggae, the collection is produced by Venezuelan composer Andres Levin. The former vocalist for the multi-platinum folk/rock outfit 10,000 Maniacs will tour England, Europe and the US. http://www.nataliemerchant.com

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome
This deluxe 2-CD edition, re-issues the remastered ZTT album for the 25th anniversary, featuring 13 bonus tracks, including "Watusi Love Juicy" for a total of 29 songs including the hits "Relax" and "The Power Of Love."
http://www.fgth.org.uk

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