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GrooveOut Shorts: May 2008

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George Michael, God-des and She, Ferras, Kylie Minogue, Moby, The B-52s, Willie Nelson, Lizz Wright, Anna Stafford, Estelle, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Karen Blixt, Randy Jackson’s Music Club, and Global Groove Live 3

TwentyFiveGeorge Michael
Twenty Five

All warmed up after playing 80 shows in Europe, the tearoom darling brings his July 14 show to Houston’s Toyota Center in support of this delightful hits retrospective. Contains six new selections, including a faboo re-do of Stevie Wonder’s “As” with Mary J. Blige. Epic (www.epicrecords.com). Details: www.georgemichael.com. — Review: Nancy Ford

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God-des and She
Stand Up
The Advocate predicted this lesbian duo would someday be crowned superstars of homo hip-hop; their sophomore album definitely propels them a step closer to the coronation. Includes “Lick It,” which brought them instant recognition a couple of seasons ago on The L Word. Gentry Music Group (www.gentrymusicgroup.com). Details: www.god-des.com. — Preview: Nancy Ford

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FerraFerras
Aliens and Rainbows

You’ve probably heard this gayish young hunk’s poppy, plaintiff “Hollywood Is Not America,” the theme song for American Idol losers. With tunes like “Liberation Day” and “Everybody Bleeds the Same,” if he’s not gay, he at least has a very gay soul. Virgin Records America (www.virginrecords.com). — Review: Nancy Ford

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Kylie Minogue
X

Divatronic! Using Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor and Britney’s Blackout for inspiration, Kylie put together this sensational collection of fabulous beats. The Aussie vixen has not released anything since 2002, and with X, she makes up for lost time. Kylie’s sound may not be new, but she still puts the locomotion in the disco ball. EMI Group (www.emigroup.com). — Review: David Goldberg
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LastNightMoby
Last Night

Dancey and playful, the electroni-ca king’s sixth studio album tries to recreate “a night out in New York, with all of the sex and the weirdness and the disorientation and the celebration and the compelling chaos,” he says. It succeeds. Mute (www.mute.
com). — Review: Nancy Ford

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The B-52s
Funplex

It may seem a bit amazing that those wiggy B-52s have been around for more than three decades, until you remind yourself that those crotchety Rolling Stones have been around since, well, before the invention of the wheel. However, with the newly released Funplex, their first studio album in sixteen years, the wiggy ones demonstrate that mentalities clever enough to have come up with “Rock Lobster” and “Private Idaho” in the first place are probably capable of dancing their mess around for at least three more decades. The new music features more electronica and a sexier vibe, but is instantly recognizable as quintessential B-52s. Tunes like “Pump,” “Love in the Year 3000,” “Deviant Ingredient,” and “Keep This Party Going,” may shatter the walls of your, uh, love shack. Astralwerks (www.astralwerks.com). — Review: Jack Varsi

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WillieNWillie Nelson
One Hell of a Ride

Starting in Galveston, get in the car, and head up I-45N. Don’t stop driving across Texas until you’ve listened to all 100 tracks of this four-disc collection spanning the Red-Headed Stranger’s incomparable and genre-defining musical career. Sadly though, Willie’s “He Was a Friend of Mine” from Brokeback Mountain is curiously absent. Columbia/Legacy (www.legacyrecordings.com). — Preview: Nancy Ford

Lizz Wright
The Orchard

Dyke blues great, Toshi Reagon, co-penned a full half of the dozen songs for Wright’s third R&B offering, including the smoldering “Coming Home.” Killer covers follow, peaking with Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You” and Patsy Cline’s “Strange.” Verve Music Group (www.verveforecast.com). — Review: Nancy Ford

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AnnaStaffordAnna Stafford
Staring at the Sky

Here we have the second album from the rock/classical violinist who backed Kanye West’s electrifying performance at this year’s Grammy Awards. Her blend of classical instrumental style with the driving intensity of rock delivers the best of both worlds, particularly on the title cut and Fall Out Boys’ “Dance, Dance.” San Gabriel Music (www.annastafford.com). — Review: Nancy Ford

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Estelle
Shine

Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean, Will.i.am, Marc Ronson, and Cee-Lo contribute to Shine’s unique blend of hip-hop, pop, reggae, and soul on her second album. Produced by John Legend. Atlantic Records (www.atlanticrecords.com). — Preview: Nancy Ford

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HeloiseHeloise & The Savoir Faire
Trash, Rats and Microphones

Blondie mama Debbie Harry likes Heloise et al. so much that she consented to guesting on “Canadian Changs” and the chaotic “Downtown,” possibly providing this CD’s finest moments. Yep Roc Records (www.yeproc.com). — Review: Nancy Ford

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Karen Blixt
Mad Hope
The lush vocalist opens with Charlie Parker’s quirky “Billie’s Bounce” and ambitiously adds lyrics to Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, making this, her second album, a delight for jazz purists. Tasty licks. Hi Fli Records (www.karenblixt.com). — Review: Nancy Ford

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RandyJacksonVarious Artists
Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Volume One
American Idol’s judge Jackson produces this “musical potpourri” with tunes from Joss Stone, Mariah Carey, Katharine McPhee, Richie Samboro, and others. Includes DVD of “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” with Paula Abdul. Concord Records (www.concordmusicgroup.com). — Preview: Nancy Ford

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Various Artists
Global Groove Live 3
Popular circuit DJ’s David Knapp and Escape provide the soundtrack to your hot poolside summer soirees with this perennial collection of dance mixes. Includes cuts from Celeda, Kristine W, Suzanne Palmer, and other club faves. Centaur (www.centaurmusic.com). — Preview: Nancy Ford

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