Creem Circus. The 1970s rock celebrants fronted by Chris DiPinto have a name that combines two of the popular glossy music mags that chronicled the exploits of the band's glam-bam-thank-you-ma'am heroes back in the day. Well-suited to open for KISS' Gene Simmons. Friday at the Trocadero.
Alabama Shakes, "Killer Diller." Brittany Howard and band cover the great blueswoman Memphis Minnie in a 1920s-style studio, with Jack White overseeing the recording. From American Epic Sessions, the companion film to the Robert Redford-narrated PBS series about pre-World War II music and technology. Featuring new recordings of tunes from that bygone era, with Nas, Elton John, Beck, the Avett Brothers, Bettye LaVette, and others. Airs June 6 on PBS.
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. In the 1980s and 1990s, Alice Coltrane, widow of the great jazz saxophonist, established an ashram in California and made several cassette-only recordings of Hindu devotional music as interpreted through her compositional background in improvised jazz and the church music of her native Detroit. Mind-expanding. Out now on Luaka Bop.
Selena Gomez, "Bad Liar." Yes, that's the bass line from the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" sampled on this fluttery, well-made and understated song, which has received a stamp of approval from both David Byrne and Heads bassist Tina Weymouth. Soon to be be featured in a thousand what-is-the-song-of-the-summer think pieces.