See Jack play: Jack White's other other band, The Dead Weather, returns with its second album, Sea of Cowards, and it's a rough and tumble ride. That is entirely a good thing — because this is real rock 'n' roll. "Blue Blood Blues," the opener, is a fittingly harsh, sexy introduction. "Die by the Drop" uses its every riff, every lyric to batter you around until you're screaming the chorus along with Jack and lead singer Alison Mosshart, while Mosshart snarls seductively over "The Difference Between Us," my favorite track.
One more to check out when you read more.Electro-rock’s love child: Fun, raw, and on the rise, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells is already receiving a ton of hype for their debut, Treats. It's an album of heavy guitar (courtesy of Derek Miller) backed by shooting lasers and strobe light sounds, as singer Alexis Kraus channels Inara George when she's lightly ah-ah-ah'ing ("Run the Heart") or Karen O. when she gets more guttural ("Infinity Guitars"). Cool factor: the band is working with MIA's label, an influence that can be felt on one of my faves, "Riot Rhythm."