New Releases: Green Day, Chevelle, Lil' Romeo, Raven Symone, Elvis Costello, The Cramps & More

Pop-punk trio release their rock opera American Idiot Tuesday.

After a four-year absence, Green Day are finally coming around again. On Tuesday, the pop-punk trio will release their seventh studio album, American Idiot, their first since 2000's Warning.

A concept album, American Idiot dips into power pop, punk and glam rock and takes cues from the band's own earlier albums to create a rock opera featuring tracks with titles like "Jesus of Suburbia," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and "Wake Me Up When September Ends."

Meanwhile, another trio, hard rock band of brothers Chevelle, releases its third studio album, This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In). Bolstered by the rising success of their first single, "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)," this type of album could secure them a high spot on the Billboard 200.

Toning the rock down about 20 or 30 notches is newcomer Skye Sweetnam. The 16-year-old Canadian pop songstress with a penchant for self-deprecating lyrics (she refers to herself on "Hypocrite" as "Avril lite," "bubblegum Britney" and "manufactured skate punk") releases her debut, Noises From the Basement.

Raven-Symoné starred as Olivia on "The Cosby Show," earned the title of youngest artist ever signed to MCA records (at age 5), and collaborated with Stevie Wonder. Now, five years after releasing her sophomore album, Raven-Symoné is claiming the present day for herself. Her third release, This Is My Time, hits stores this week.

Canadian rapper k-os releases his second album, Joyful Rebellion, the follow up to 2003's Exit. With tracks like "B-Boy Stance," about bringing hip-hop back to its simpler roots; "Papercutz," about biased journalists; and "The Man I Used to Be," about Michael Jackson, Joyful Rebellion is a new rap album for the old rap soul.

Also out this week are albums by VHS or Beta (Night on Fire), Willie Nelson and Friends (Outlaws and Angels), Elvis Costello (The Delivery Man and Il Sogno), Keb' Mo' (Peace ... Back by Popular Demand), the Cramps (How to Make a Monster), Al Franken (The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best of the O'Franken Factor), and Ben Harper with the Blind Boys of Alabama (There Will Be a Light).

Out Tuesday, September 21:

  • Eric Andersen - The Street Was Always There (Appleseed)
  • Anti-Depressive Delivery - Feel Melt Release Escape (Laser's Edge)
  • Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Hollywood (Tzadik)
  • Jake Brennan & the Confidence Men - Love & Bombs (Yep Roc)
  • Don Byron - Ivy-Divey (Blue Note)
  • Steven Curtis Chapman - All Things New (Sparrow)
  • Chevelle - This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (Sony)
  • Read: [article id="1490347"]"Chevelle Get Revved About Ritalin, Ashlee And Stripping On 'TRL' "[/article]

    Buy Now: This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (Sony)

  • Client - City (Mute)
  • Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains - The Big Eyeball in the Sky (Prawn Song)
  • Colossal - Welcome the Problems (Asain Man)
  • Converge - You Fail Me (Epitaph)
  • Elvis Costello - Il Sogno (Deutsche Grammaphon)
  • Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
  • The Cramps - How to Make a Monster (Vengeance)
  • Willy DeVille - Crow Jane Alley (Eagle Rock)
  • Don't Look Down - The Fear in Love (Nitro)
  • Jimerson Douglas - White Christmas (Amerimusic)
  • Paul Dunmall - I Wish You Peace (Cuneiform)
  • Dwarves - The Dwarves Must Die (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  • Elevator Division - Years (Second Nature)
  • Far Corner - Far Corner (Cuneiform)
  • Fattburger - Work to Do (Shanachie)
  • Fiver - Let It All Fall Down (Devil in the Woods)
  • John Fogerty - Deja Vu All Over Again (Geffen)
  • Al Franken - The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best of the O'Franken Factor (Artemis)
  • Jan Garbarek - In Praise of Dreams (ECM)
  • The Go Find - Miami (Morr Music)
  • Green Day - American Idiot (Reprise)
  • Read: [article id="1490821"]"Green Day: Anatomy Of A Punk Opera"[/article]

    Buy Now: American Idiot (Warner)

  • Clive Gregson - Long Story Short (Gadfly)
  • Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama - There Will Be a Light (Virgin)
  • Buy Now: There Will Be a Light (Virgin)

  • Jessica Harper - Hey, Picasso (Rounder)
  • Ray Herndon - Livin' the Dream (Compendia)
  • Hot Water Music - The New What Next (Epitaph)
  • Ironhorse - Bring It On (V-Tone/Compendia)
  • Richard Leo Johnson Trio - Poetry of Appliance (Cuneiform)
  • Scram Jones - Loose Cannons (Vs.)
  • Jump5 - Dreaming in Color (Sparrow)
  • k-os - Joyful Rebellion (Astralwerks)
  • Read: [article id="1489910"]K-Os Rewrites Hip-Hop's Rulebook With Joyful Rebellion[/article]

    Buy Now: Joyful Rebellion (Astralwerks)

  • Karate - Pockets (Southern)
  • Keb' Mo' - Peace ... Back by Popular Demand (Epic)
  • Buy Now: Peace ... Back by Popular Demand (Epic)

  • E.G. Kight - Takin' It Easy (Blue South)
  • King Diamond - Deadly Lullabye Live (Metal Blade)
  • Paul Krassner - The Zen Bastard Rides Again (Artemis)
  • Krumbsnatcha - 11.19 the Rebirth (Golden Eyes)
  • Lair of the Minotaur - Carnage (Southern Lord)
  • Lil' Romeo - RomeoLand (Koch)
  • Buddy Miller - Universal United House of Prayer (New West)
  • Mr. Doctor - Documentary (Epidemic)
  • Muffins - Double Negative (Cuneiform)
  • Willie Nelson & Friends - Outlaws and Angels (Lost Highway)
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Welcome to Woody Creek (DualTone)
  • Penny Arkade - Not the Freeze (Sundazed)
  • Po' Girl - Vagabond Lullabies (Nettwerk)
  • Jonny Polonsky - The Power of Sound (Loveless)
  • Poster Children - On the Offensive (EP, Hidden Agenda)
  • Raven-Symoné - This Is My Time (Hollywood)
  • [article id="1490677"]"Raven-Symone Takes On The Bad Guys"[/article]

    Buy Now: This Is My Time (Hollywood)

  • Red Lights Flash - Free ... (A-F)
  • Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - Goin' Home (Tone-Cool)
  • River City Rebels - Hate to Be Loved (Victory)
  • Riverside - Out of Myself (Laser's Edge)
  • Charlie Robison - Good Times (DualTone)
  • RTX - Transmaniacon (Drag City)
  • Shadows Fall - War Within (Century Media)
  • Buy Now: War Within (Century Media)

  • Elliott Sharp - Radio Hyper Yahoo (Gaff)
  • Solvent - Apples and Synthesizers (Ghostly)
  • Sukilove - You Kill Me (Hidden Agenda/Parasol)
  • Skye Sweetnam - Noise from the Basement (Capitol)
  • Read: [article id="1488820"]"Skye Sweetnam Calls Herself 'Bubblegum Britney,' So Critics Don't Have To"[/article]

  • These Arms Are Snakes - Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home (Second Nature)
  • Kevin Tihista's Red Terror - Wake Up Captain (Parasol)
  • Chris Tomlin - Arriving (Sixsteps)
  • Tsunami Bomb - The Definitive Act (Kung Fu)
  • Twinemen - Sideshow (Hi-N-Dry)
  • Keith Urban - Be Here (Capitol Nashville)
  • Vader - The Beast (Metal Blade)
  • VHS or Beta - Night on Fire (Astralwerks)
  • White Willow - Storm Season (Laser's Edge)
  • Gary Wilson - Mary Had Brown Hair (Stones Throw)
  • Yang - A Complex Nature (Cuneiform)
  • Year Future - The Hidden Hand (EP, Gold Standard)
  • Various artists - 13 Ways to Live (Red House)
  • Various artists - cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Various artists - Disney Princess: The Ultimate Song Collection (Walt Disney)
  • Various artists - The Late, Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered (Gammon)
  • Various artists - Women of Latin America (Putumayo)
  • Various artists - "American Pimp" soundtrack (Shout! Factory)
  • Various artists - "Star Wars Trilogy" original score (Sony)
  • DVD: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band - "2003 Tour" (Rhino)
  • September 28:

  • Brian Wilson - Smile (Nonesuch)
  • Joss Stone - Mind, Body & Soul (S-Curve)
  • Hilary Duff - Hilary Duff (Hollywood)
  • Queen Latifah - The Dana Owens Album (Interscope)
  • October 5:

  • Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked for the Holidays (Warner Bros.)
  • Cake - Pressure Chief (Sony)
  • Good Charlotte - The Chronicles of Life & Death (Sony)
  • Read: [article id="1489850"]"Good Charlotte Get Serious With The Chronicles Of Life And Death"[/article]

  • R.E.M. - Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)
  • October 12:

  • Camper Van Beethoven - New Roman Times (Vanguard)
  • Celine Dion - Miracle (Sony)
  • Duran Duran - Astronaut (Sony)
  • Chris Isaak - Chris Isaak Xmas (Warner Bros.)
  • October 19:

  • Michael Jackson - The Ultimate Collection (Sony)
  • Jimmy Eat World - Futures (Interscope)
  • Read: [article id="1490695"]"Jimmy Eat World Say If You Don't Like Futures Right Away, Don't Bother"[/article]

  • Le Tigre - This Island (Universal)
  • Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill (Anti)