New Tunage – There is some good stuff coming out this week!!

New Releases, May 15: Linkin Park, Rufus Wainwright, Wilco
Linkin Park “Minutes to Midnight”
The multi-platinum rap-rockers return with their long-awaited third studio release, which follows 2003’s “Meteora.”
“Minutes to Midnight” was co-produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and heavyweight producer Rick Rubin. The first single from the album is called “What I’ve Done,” which hit radio in early April.
The group celebrated the new set’s impending release with a May 11 gig at New York City’s Webster Hall. As previously reported, that concert is showing tonight (5/14) in theaters across the country as part of National CineMedia’s FATHOM series. The concert will also be available for on-demand viewing at AOL Music.
For those who prefer the real thing, Linkin Park will kick off its Projekt Revolution Tour in late July.
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Rufus Wainwright “Release the Stars”
The pop star is set to deliver his first self-produced album, “Release the Stars.”
The record, which follows 2004’s “Want To,” features several key contributors, including guitarist/vocalist Richard Thompson, violinist/guitarist/singer Joan Wasser, veteran British actress Sian Phillips and the London Session Orchestra. Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant served as the set’s executive producer.
Wainwright, who last month performed at the Coachella music festival, will support the new album with a number of solo shows, as well as a slot on the True Colors Tour with Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and Erasure.
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Wilco “Sky Blue Sky”
“Sky Blue Sky” marks Wilco’s first studio effort since 2004’s “A Ghost is Born.” The alt-country-rock band did, however, release a concert CD, “Kicking Television: Live in Chicago,” in late 2005.
Jeff Tweedy and gang will support “Sky Blue Sky” with a bunch of North American dates in June. The tour kicks off June 13 in Davenport, IA, and continues through a June 30 gig in Toronto. The group will also perform June 17 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN.
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Megadeth “United Abominations”
The heavy-metal titans make their Roadrunner Records debut with “United Abominations,” the band’s 11th studio album overall.
The disc was recorded in Los Angeles and England by the band’s founder and sole original member, Dave Mustaine, along with guitarist Glen Drover, drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James Lomenzo.
Megadeth is currently backing the disc as the main support act for Heaven and Hell–a.k.a. the Ronnie James Dio-era version of Black Sabbath.
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Gretchen Wilson “One of the Boys”
The honky-tonk cowgirl is ready to kick in the taillights again with her third studio set, which follows 2005’s platinum-selling “All Jacked Up.”
Wilson, who remains best known for the anthem “Redneck Woman,” will prove that she’s “One of the Boys” during a lengthy North American tour that kicks off in earnest next month and stretches into late September.
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More new releases:
The Avett Brothers, “Emotionalism” (Ramseur)
Balkan Beat Box, “Nu Med” (Jdub)
Dry Branch Fire Squad, “Thirtieth Anniversary Special” (Rounder)
Ian Hunter, “Shrunken Heads” (Yep Roc)
Jefferson Airplane, “Sweeping Up the Spotlight: Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969” (RCA)
Job for a Cowboy, “Genesis” (Metal Blade)
Maria Muldaur, “Naughty, Bawdy and Blue” (Stony Plain)
Dolores O’Riordan, “Are You Listening” (Sanctuary)
Ozma, “Pasadena” (Reincarnate)
Pink Martini, “Hey Eugene!” (Heinz)
Bruce Robison, “It Came from San Antonio” (Premium)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, “United We Swing” (Six Degrees)
Tank, “Sex, Love and Pain” (Blackground)
Soundtracks and scores:
“High Fidelity: 2006 Original Broadway Cast” (Ghostlight)
“Shrek the Third” (Geffen)