Take a listen to some great new content added to the Music Unlimited service! You can get the entire download on the Sony Entertainment Network blog, but here are this week’s highlights:
Johnny Marr has been a man of many hats for quite some time, pioneering BritPop guitar trends as a founding member of The Smiths, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of their time. As the band dissolved, Marr re-built, joining alongside bands like The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as session guitar and co-writing duties on various albums. While Marr’s distinct style has played a role in all of his creations, he has finally released this long overdue set of songs that are all his own. Despite the somber tone some people take when thinking of The Smiths, Marr’s solo tracks are upbeat, lively and rocking, a nice reflection of everywhere he’s been.
If You Like: The Smiths, The Cribs, Modest Mouse
Recommended Track: “Upstarts”
Emmylou Harris has been a subject of influence throughout her career, racking up a whopping 27 albums. Not all of these were solo, however, as Harris has been long sought-after as a collaborative and duet partner for artists like Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, John Denver and Neil Young. This time, she partners with lesser commercially-known but equally prolific country artist Rodney Crowell (who is married to Roseanne Cash.) Having worked with artists across multiple genres, these two create a sound of eclectic variation, pulling in their experiences while harnessing a very Nashville sound, including a cover of Tim McGraw’s “Open Season of My Heart.”
If You Like: Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, John Denver
Recommended Track: “Black Caffeine”
In the midst of a dusty, twangy, alt-country resurgence by way of the sleeper hit, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, Ivan & Alyosha are poised to follow in the steps of their successful labelmates with an even fuller, harmonized sound. The Seattle-based group has been beating the pavement for years independently, releasing a handful of EP’s before compiling this debut LP. The album features popular songs from those earlier releases, including “Fathers Be Kind,” and “Easy to Love,” as well as stand-out tracks like “Running For Cover” and “The Fold.” Their soaring choruses and multi-layered rock sensibilities have the same charm of their predecessors and a lengthy tour including stops at SXSW guarantees there will be much chatter about them in the months to come.
If You Like: The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Blind Pilot
Recommended Track: “The Fold”
Other Albums Available This Week (2/26/13)
Hillsong United – Zion
Kutt Calhoun – Black Gold
Gold Fields – Black Sun
The Lovely Bad Things – The Late Great Whatever
Icona Pop – I Love It (Remixes Pt. 2)
Hank Williams – Hank Williams: The Greatest Hits Live: Volume 2
Michael Bolton – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Tribute To Hitsville
Never Shout Never – Acoustic EP
Mogwai – Les Revenants
CuCu Diamentes – Amor Cronico (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dj Sneak – BFTS Vol. 1
Britt Nicole – Gold
10,000 Maniacs – Music From The Motion Picture
Hot off the Oscars, we have a ton of great new movies and TV episodes now available from the Video Unlimited service and inside the PlayStation Store!
The Twilight Saga continues with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 available to rent and own at midnight on Friday. Be one of the first to watch the fifth and final chapter of The Twilight Saga, where the birth of Bella and Edward’s child ignites forces that threaten to destroy them all. The Cullens must enlist the help of distant friends and former enemies, including Jacob’s wolf pack, as tensions build toward all-out war in the thrilling conclusion to the epic phenomenon.
Next we make our way to a film that received multiple Academy Award nominations, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master releases today to own in stunning HD or to rent at a low price of $3.99. Watch the star-studded cast of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix bring to life the story of drifter Freddie Quell, a WW-II veteran who crosses paths with a mysterious movement led by The Master (Hoffman) and his wife (Adams).
Dreamworks Animation’s newest adventure, Rise of the Guardians, debuts to own before its DVD and Blu-ray release. This film captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary Guardians – Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman – joining together for the first time. Filled with non-stop action and laughs, it’s a dazzling family picture that was hailed as “an instant classic. You will believe.” (Nancy Jay, Daybreak USA)
Our Indie favorite of the week is the spell-binding, heart racing Holy Motors available to rent for $3.99. Starring Eva Mendes, Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, this melding of monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller and anime proves to be a mirthful, mind-bending masterwork of a ravishing fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.
In TV, Psych | Season 7 returns this Friday as stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a police consultant, and Dulé Hill, Shawn’s best friend and reluctant accomplice, solve crimes with powers of observation so acute that the police think Shawn is psychic.
There are also lots of movies available to be rented this week, including Red Dawn. Visit the video store on your Sony Entertainment Network compatible devices, or simply visit the Sony Entertainment Network web store, to see all the hot new releases in movies and TV.