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I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Alex & Sierra, The Allman Brothers and More

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Here’s our Blogcritics roundup of some of the major new music releases and tour announcements we learned about during the past week.

The debut album from X Factor U.S.A. winners ALEX & SIERRA comes out Oct. 7. Selected songs will be released to pre-ordering fans in advance.

JASON MRAZ‘s new album came out this week. Along with the YES disc comes a world tour, the North American leg of which gets kicking Aug. 21 in San Diego.

From the Dinosaur Department: New box sets from both CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS are out this month. CSNY 1974 features 40 previously unreleased tracks from the supergroup’s 1974 arena tour, along with a 188-page booklet and a DVD of concert footage. The Allman Brothers Band’s The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings includes their four performances from the weekend of March 12-13 and the headlining set from the Fillmore East’s closing weekend, including 15 previously unreleased tracks.

Grammy-winning female-fronted hard rock band HALESTORM is on tour in the U.S. during the second half of this year, headlining on some shows and on others supporting Eric Church.

maroon 5MAROON 5‘s fifth studio album is out Sept. 2, featuring their latest single “Maps” and the return of the band’s original keyboardist Jesse Carmichael.

The cover art and track list have just been revealed. The album includes Adam Levine’s duet with fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani, “My Heart Is Open,” which was written by Sia.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS will release her first-ever double studio album Sept. 30. The three-time Grammy winner’s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone comes out on her own new indie label, with 20 new songs and guests including guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White, Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Elvis Costello’s famed rhythm section of Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragaher (bass), and Jakob Dylan.

PHISH is on tour. You know what to do.

roslyn kindMasterworks Broadway is reissuing two classic albums from ROSLYN KIND, otherwise known as the younger half-sister of Barbra Streisand, recorded in 1968-69 and now available on CD for the first time. Give Me You and This Is Roslyn Kind feature a bit of Broadway but mainly reflect the singer’s own taste and the popular music trends of the time, complete with Kind’s take on “The Fool On the Hill.”

Oscar and two-time Grammy winner MELISSA ETHERIDGE‘s latest studio album This is ME (get it? M-E? Melissa Etheridge? Me?) is set for release on September 30.

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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.
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