Rock The House
This week sees the release of new albums from a host of notable rock acts. Alien Ant Farm's "TruAnt" (DreamWorks) is the group's first album since it was involved in a serious car accident in May 2002. The set was produced by Stone Temple Pilots' Robert and Dean DeLeo and features the single "These Days," which is No. 31 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Veteran punk act Rancid's "Indestructible" is being released via the combined efforts of the group's longtime home, Hellcat/Epitaph, and Warner Bros. The album was produced by Epitaph founder Brad Gurewitz. Portland, Ore.-based Dandy Warhols' "Welcome to the Monkey House" (Capitol) was teased with a Web site, "the Odditorium," that was only available via rotating list of partner sites. The Odditorium, which sports a wealth of rare/unreleased material and short films, will be available at its own domain name beginning Sept. 1.
Ageless Dayton, Ohio-bred rock combo Guided By Voices returns this week with "Earthquake Glue" (Matador), featuring the Steve Albini-recorded single "My Kind of Solider." Last but not least, hotly tipped Southern rock act Kings Of Leon bows with "Youth and Young Manhood" (RCA), produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris). The group features three Followill brothers (Caleb, Nathan and Jared) and their cousin Matthew.