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Le Butcherettes

A Raw Youth

Ipecac/Red Distribution

File next to: Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, Sleater-Kinney

Teri Gender Bender is on an unflaggable mission to become the next Joan Jett. Her band Le Butcherettes has come a long way over the course of three albums, beginning with the Mexico-based feminist punk on 2011's Sin Sin Sin and the no-holds-barred art-punk of its amazing 2014 follow-up Cry Is for the Flies. A Raw Youth nods to a more normal new-wave delivery, although Iggy Pop's guest vocals on "La Uva" are anything but normal. In live appearances, the now-L.A.-based frontwoman demonstrates competent guitar licks and a presence that screams "rock goddess." If tracks like "Shave the Pride" and "Stab My Back" seem a bit conventional, that still doesn't distract from the band's epic greatness. Le Butcherettes' new album is a crowd-pleaser, and should convince skeptics of its frontwoman's claim to royalty. — Loring Wirbel

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Dweezil Zappa

Via Zammata'

Mri Associated

File next to: Frank Zappa, Primus, Tenacious D

Today, Dweezil Zappa might sound like a chip off the old block, but it wasn't always so. On his first release — 1982's single "Crunchy Water" b/w "My Mother Is a Space Cadet" — Frank Zappa's son sounded like a reasonably talented kid who owned some Van Halen records. But in the ensuing decades, he's honed his craft and established himself as one of the foremost curators of his late father's body of work. (It doesn't hurt that he has close associations with musicians who can actually play the stuff). On Via Zammata', he distills the easily overwhelming compositional influence of his father into something he can rightly call his own. With a more finely tuned pop sensibility than Frank had, Dweezil synthesizes the family brand of adventurousness into a more mainstream kind of music. — Bill Kopp

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Bobby Rush

Chicken Heads: A 50-year History of Bobby Rush

Omnivore Recordings

File next to: Buddy Guy, Otis Redding

Bobby Rush's musical career has spanned 50 years, at least 20 record labels, and most of America's popular music genres, including soul, r&b, funk and blues. He's earned numerous awards and scored several chart singles. Compiling a career-spanning survey of his work is a daunting task, but Omnivore has proven itself worthy. Seventy-four tracks across four discs cover Rush's music from a relatively slow start in the mid-'60s through his most fertile period in the 1970s and '80s. The gorgeous color booklet serves up loads of archival photos along with an informative Bill Dahl essay and a heartfelt introduction from the project's co-producer Cary Baker. Rush deserves mention in the same breath as names like Otis Redding and James Brown. Still active today at age 82, Bobby Rush is an American treasure who's finally getting his due. — Bill Kopp

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