Imagine Dragons tops this week’s new music releases

Independence Day weekend brings new musical releases from indie bands such as Fleet Foxes, Shinedown, Gray Daze and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, while hit regular Imagine Dragons has a sequel (all likely to to change)…

Album of the week: Imagine Dragons haven’t wasted much time between their last two albums. Just 10 months after “Mercury — Act 1” made its Billboard Top 10 debut, “Mercury — Acts 1 & 2” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) completes the story, with the new second part featuring 18 other songs written by the quartet and a set of collaborators. Rick Rubin once again serves as executive producer, and former Snarky Puppy member Cory Henry features on the track “Continual.”

Title of the album of the week: Light Creates Shadow, “Ghosts Cross, Fleeing the Body” (self-published)

Did you know ? : The Prog Collective – releasing “Songs We Were Taught” (Cleopatra) this week – is fronted by Yes bassist Billy Sherwood and features his bandmates as well as past and present members from Asia, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan , Jethro Tull, the Moody Blues, Wishbone Ash, the E Street Band and more on 10 60s and 70s favorites from Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, The Band and more.

New and remarkable:

Paul Anka, “Sessions” (Green Hill Productions)

Fleet Foxes, “A Very Lonely Solstice” (anti-/epitaph)

Gray Daze, “The Phoenix” (Loma Vista/Concord)

Paolo Nutini, “Last Night in the Bittersweet” (Atlantic)

Saint Asonia, “Introverted” (Spinefarm)

Shinedown, “Planet Zero” (Atlantic)

Tedeschi Trucks Band, “I am the moon: II. Ascension » (Fantasy/Concorde)

Noah Weiland, “Last Kiss Before Detox” (self-published)

Hot New Singles: Cardi B, “Hot S—” with Kanye West and Lil Durk; Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp, “Caroline, no;” BI and Chuu, “Lullaby;” Brandi and the Alexanders, “Watch Yourself Dance”; Katrina Cain, “Independence Day;” Eminem and Snoop Dog, “From D 2 to LBC”; First aid kit, “Angel;” The play, “Violence;” Gorillaz, “Cracker Island” with Thundercat; Darren Hayes, “Poisoned Blood”; Tyler Hubbard, “35; » Sam Hunt, “Water Under the Bridge”; J-Hope, “More”; King’s X, “Let It Rain”; Lady A, “Summer State of Mind”; Maddie & Tae, “Every Night, Every Morning;” Pamela McNeill, “Hollywood Rain”; need to breathe, “Talk about the city”; Ozzy Osbourne, “Patient Number 9” with Jeff Beck; Pale waves, “Jealousy”; Queensryche, “In Extremis”; Raye, “Hard Out Here”; Sweet Lizzy Project, “Pirate Radio” / “Radio Pirata;” Taylor Swift, “Carolina”; Teddy Swims and Meghan Trainor, “Bad for Me”; Tiesto and Charli XCX, “Hot In It”; Loudon Wainwright, “A Life’s Work;” Willow,” It’s My Fault;” Rita Wilson, “Songbird” with Josh Groban; Zac Brown Band, “Out in the Middle” with Blake Shelton; Warren Zeiders and Travis Barker, “Ride the Lightning”

Also released:

Naomi Alligator, “Double Knot” (Parking)

Tony Baltimore, “Let’s All Go Crazy” (Conch Town)

The Boppers, “White Lightning” (self-produced)

Bob Burger, “The Domino Effect” (JEM)

Burna Boy, “Love, Damini” (Spaceship/Bad Habit/Atlantic)

Classless Act, “Welcome to the Show” (self-released)

Drone Congregation, “Twenty Twenty” (all recordings possible)

Mark of Clive-Low & Friends, “Celebrating the Music of Pharoah Sanders” (Soul Bank Music)

Ina Forsman, “It’s All There” (Jazzhaus)

Ghost Woman, “Ghost Woman” (full-time hobby)

Eric Hilton, “Los Dialect” (music by Monstserrat)

ITZY, “checkmate” (JYP)

JD Huggins, “Head Full of Monsters” (Angels and Outlaws)

Kollpas, “Till the Day I Die” (Cold Spring)

Kolumbo, “Gung Ho” (Calico Discos)

Charles Lloyd, “Trios: Chapel” (Blue Note)

Muni Long, “Public displays of affection too” (Supergiant/Def Jam)

Parade of mice, “lapapo” (Bubble Core)

Kyle Morgan, “PS” (EMI Nashville)

Mothica, “nocturnal” (heavy heart)

Neighbor, “For the Birds” (Park the Van)

Nova Materia, “Xpujil Revisited” (stuffed discs)

Orthodox, “Continue” (Alone)

Philosophobia, “philosophobia” (sensory)

Clay “Krucial” Perry III, “Clay” (Warner)

Power Pose, “I’m Watching” (Wine n Orange)

Radian, “Discordian” (Elburno)

RZN8R, “Closing the Golden Gate” (self-released)

Klaus Schulze, “Deus Arrakis” (SPV)

Derek Sherinian, “Vortex” (InsideOut Music)

Spiritbox, “Rotoscope” (self-produced)

Teddy and the Rough Riders, “Teddy and the Rough Riders” (Appalachia Record Co.)

Winter Wolf, “Winter Wolf” (Academic Punk)

From the vaults:

The Chantels, “The Complete Singles & Albums 1957-1962” (Acrobat)

The Judds, “Love Can Build a Bridge: Best of the Judds” (Curb)

King Parrot, “The Stink of Hardcore Pub Trash” (Housecore)

Linda Gail Laws, “Early Sides 1963-1973” (Cleopatra)

John McLaughlin, Al Di Meolo and Paco De Lucio, “Saturday Night in San Francisco” (earMusic)

Liza Minnelli, “Live in New York 1979 (The Ultimate Edition)” (Second Disc/Real Gone Music)

Seether, “Si Vis Pacem, By Bellum (Deluxe Edition)” (Fantasy)

Necrophobic, “satanic blasphemies” (Century Media)

Nonconnah, “Don’t Go Down to Lonesome Holler” (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

Roxy Music, “Flesh + Blood” and “Avalon” (Virgin/UMe)

Melvin Van Peebles, “Watermelon Man” (Real Gone)

Spear of Fate, “Liberators! Best of 1983-1988″ (Edsel/Demon)

Doris Troy, “Just a Look and Other Memorable Selections” (Real Gone)


“Kingdom Business: Season 1 Soundtrack” (RCA Inspiration)

“Minions: The Rise of Gru (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Decca)

“My Best Friend’s Wedding (25th Anniversary Edition)” (Real Gone)

“Stranger Things: Original Netflix Series Soundtrack, Season 4, Volume 2” (Legacy)

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