New Releases: Rob Thomas, Ringside, Il Divo, Anna Nalick, Matisyahu & More

Also due Tuesday are albums from Danko Jones, Autechre, Adam Richman and Steel Train.

Rob Thomas has a funny way of showing his desire to be “Lonely No More.” He’s taking a break from longtime band Matchbox Twenty and setting out on his own with the release of his debut solo album, Something to Be.

Thomas is no stranger to side projects, having worked with Carlos Santana on the song “Smooth” for 1999′s Supernatural, but this is the first full album the singer has released on his own since Matchbox Twenty dropped its first project in 1996.

While Thomas should have no problem making a solo name for himself, Houston-bred rapper Mike Jones is taking huge leaps to make sure you remember his. Jones titled his album Who Is Mike Jones? and has made his phone number public knowledge to ensure listeners will be able to answer that question on their own. The album drops on the heels of the single “Still Tippin’.”

Ringside, the duo of clothing-designer-turned-musician Scott Thomas and Balthazar Getty, drop their self-titled debut album this week on Fred Durst’s Flawless Records imprint.

The somewhat less organically formed Il Divo, a quartet born from “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell’s worldwide search, release their self-titled debut featuring covers of Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” sung in an assortment of languages including English, French and Spanish.

Buzzed-about singer/songwriter Anna Nalick releases her debut, Wreck of the Day, while Hasidic rapper Matisyahu drops Live at Stubb’s — Austin, TX 2/19/05.

Also out this week are albums by Danko Jones (We Sweat Blood), Autechre (Untilted), Adam Richman (Patience and Science), Steel Train (Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Sun) and Second Sun (Inside Out).

Out Tuesday, April 19:


  • 22-20s – 22-20s (Astralwerks)
  • Ad Frank – Ad Frank Is the World’s Best Ex-Boyfriend (Stop, Pop & Roll)
  • All Shall Perish – Hate, Malice, Revenge (Nuclear Blast)
  • Allfrumtha I – Larger Than Life (Free Agency)
  • Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights (Shout! Factory)
  • Autechre – Untilted (Warp)
    Buy Now: Untilted (Warp)
  • Balanescu Quartet – Maria T (Mute)
  • Bleed the Sky – Paradigm in Entropy (Nuclear Blast)
  • Born From Pain – In Love With the End (Metal Blade)
  • Todd Bowie – Lucky Space People (Machine)
  • Jim Brickman – Grace (RCA Victor)
  • Burden of Grief – Fields of Salvation (Cleopatra)
  • Chapmans – Simple Man (Pinecastle)
  • The Chemistry – The Chemistry (Razor & Tie)
  • Chixdiggit! – Pink Razors (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Circa Survive – Juturna (Equal Vision)
  • Clit 45 – Self Hate Crimes (BYO)
  • Cobra Verde – Copycat Killers (Scat)
  • Judy Collins – Portrait of an American Girl (Wildflower)
  • Consafos – Tilting at Windmills (Greyday Productions)
  • Da Beatminerz – Fully Loaded With Static (Copter)
  • Esham – A.1. Yola (Psychopathic)
  • The Esoteric – With the Sureness of Sleepwalking (Prosthetic)
  • Fallen From the Sky – Tune Out the World (EP, Victory)
  • Final Breath – Let Me Be Your Tank (Cleopatra)
  • Great Lakes Myth Society – Great Lakes Myth Society (Stop, Pop & Roll)
  • Anne Heaton – Give In (Q Division)
  • Heavy Trash – Heavy Trash (Yep Roc)
  • Johnny Hickman – Palmhenge (Campstove)
  • Il Divo – Il Divo (Sony)
  • Danko Jones – We Sweat Blood (Razor & Tie)
  • Mike Jones – Who Is Mike Jones? (Warner Bros.)
    Buy Now: Who Is Mike Jones? (Warner Bros.)
  • Audra Kubat – Since I Fell in Love With the Music (Times Beach)
  • Lil Sicko – The Anger & the Pain (Thump)
  • Carter Little – Dare to Be Small (Lobby Door Music)
  • Lovethugs – Babylon Fading (Rainbow Quartz)
  • Matisyahu – Live at Stubb’s – Austin, TX 2/19/05 (Or Music)
    Read: “Straight Outta West Chester? Meet Hasidic Hip-Hopper Matisyahu”
    Buy Now: Live at Stubbs – Austin, TX 2/19/05 (Or Music)
  • Maria McKee – Peddlin’ Dreams (Eleven Thirty)
  • MIDIval Punditz – MIDIval Times (Six Degrees)
  • Murdocks – Surrenderender (Surprise Truck)
  • Anna Nalick – Wreck of the Day (Columbia)
  • Niyaz – Niyaz (Six Degrees)
  • Outlawz – Outlawz 4 Life: 2005 A.P. (33rd Street)
  • Pantommind – Shade of Fate (Sensory)
  • Derryl Perry – All Just to Get to You (Music City)
  • The Red Death – External Frames of Reference (Metal Blade)
  • Jerry Reed – Live Still (R2K/Redeye)
  • Kyle Riabko – Before I Speak (Columbia)
  • Adam Richman – Patience and Science (Or Music)
    Buy Now: Patience and Science (Or Music)
  • Rift – Push on Thru (Mandolin Central)
  • Ringside – Ringside (Geffen)
    Read: “Ringside: The Coolest Beatbox-Pop Band On … Fred Durst’s Label?!”
    Buy Now: Ringside (Geffen)
  • Barbara Rosene – All My Life (Azica)
  • Dino Saluzzi and Jon Christensen – Senderos (ECM)
  • Dave Seaman – Renaissance Presents: The Therapy Sessions, Vol. 2 (Thrive)
  • Second Sun – Inside Out (System)
  • Mem Shannon – I’m From Phunkville (NorthernBlues)
  • Sinai Beach – Immersed (Victory)
  • Steel Train – Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Sun (Drive-Thru)
    Buy Now: Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Sun (Drive-Thru)
  • Curtis Stigers – I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Concord)
  • Rob Thomas – … Something to Be (Atlantic)
    Read: “Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas Goes Solo, But Not By Himself”
    Buy Now: … Something to Be (Atlantic)
  • Mary Timony – Ex Hex (Lookout!)
  • Gianluigi Trovesi/ Gianni Coscia – Round About Weill (ECM)
  • Rick Brossard’s Two Hoots and a Holler – Rick Brossard’s Two Hoots and a Holler (Stag)
  • Umbrellas – Umbrellas (The Militia Group)
  • Loudon Wainwright III – Here Come the Choppers (Sovereign Artists)
  • Wingdale Community Singers – The Wingdale Community Singers (Plain)
  • Winter Blanket – Prescription Perils (Fractured Discs)
  • DJ Z-Trip – Shifting Gears (Hollywood)
  • Zion I – True & Livin’ (Live Up)
  • Saul Zonana – 42 Days (20/20 Music)
  • Various artists – “Charmed: The Book of Shadows” soundtrack (Treadstone)
  • Various artists – “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” soundtrack (Motown)
  • Various artists – Disco Dimensions Vol. 1 (Smash Hit Music)
  • Various artists – Disco Remixed (VI Music)
  • Various artists – The Future of the Blues, Volume 2 (NorthernBlues)
  • Various artists – Preserve Volume 1 (Fractured Discs)
  • DVD: Elvis Costello & the Imposters – “Club Date: Live in Memphis” (Eagle Rock)
  • DVD: Dwarves – “F— You Up and Get Live” (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD: Hieroglyphics – “Full Circle” (Hieroglyphics)
  • DVD: Muse – “Manic Depression” (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD: Turbonegro – “ResErection” (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD: Vigilantes of Love – “Fade to Black” (Fundamental)
  • DVD: Various artists – “Scratch: All the Way Live” (Scratch Recordings)

April 26:

May 3:


  • Ryan Adams – Cold Roses (Lost Highway)
  • Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth (Interscope)
  • Stevie Wonder – A Time to Love (Motown)

May 10: