Rancid, Brian Setzer Orchestra Top Rock Releases

Dandy Warhols, Morcheeba also have new LPs.

New albums from punk veterans Rancid, rockabilly band Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Dandy Warhols lead this week's new rock releases.

Also hitting stores are a third album from trip-hop rockers Morcheeba and tributes to hard-rock bands Aerosmith and Queensrÿche.

Rancid will release their fifth album, which, like their 1993 debut, is self-titled. The group embraces a more aggressive punk sound with the new album, playing harder and faster than any of their previous recordings. This is a change of direction for the quartet, which had moved from a ska-punk sound to more soulful dabbling on 1998's Life Won't Wait.

Vavoom! is the fourth album from former Stray Cats leader Brian Setzer's electrified swing band. The 16-piece orchestra — which includes four trumpeters, four trombonists, five saxophonists, two bassists and a drummer — adds a full backdrop for Setzer's blistering guitar work.

The album includes several covers, such as the show tune "Mack the Knife" and Duke Ellington's "Caravan," as well as a reworking of the swing song "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (RealAudio excerpt). Even Setzer's original songs, such as "Jumpin' East of Java" and "Americano" (RealAudio excerpt), are retro in theme and sound.

The Dandy Warhols, who scored a hit in 1997 with "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth," will release their third album, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia.

The LP mixes classic rock and layered pop sounds with meditative lyrics on songs such as "Godless" and "Nietzsche" (RealAudio excerpt), and more conversational lyrics on "Bohemian Like You" and "Big Indian."

British trio Morcheeba also branch out with their sound on Fragments of Freedom, their third full-length album. The group moves away from the bluesy, downbeat grooves of its earlier material to embrace a brighter, fuller pop sound.

The new album ranges from the soulful, '70s rock of "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" to the disco beats of "Shallow End."

Right in the Nuts: A Tribute to Aerosmith is a two-disc collection put together by independent Detroit hard-rock label Small Stone. Included on the tribute set are a version of "Sweet Emotion" by Alabama Thunderpussy and Speedball performing "Rats in the Cellar."

L.A. metal label Dwell Records put together Rebellion: Tribute to Queensrÿche. The album features the song "Take Hold of the Flame," performed by Ion Vein, and "Deliverance," performed by Black Symphony.

Also hitting stores Tuesday are Superman Curse, from jam-rockers Ominous Seapods; Orange, an eclectic debut from Yujui Oniki; and Straight Up, from rockers One Way Ride.

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