ELBOW Asleep in the Back (V2) Upon its U.K. release, critics gushed over this melancholic debut from the Manchester quintet, nominating it for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
FIELDY’S DREAMS Rock n Roll Gangster (Epic) Korn bassist Fieldy explores his hip-hop side on this solo expedition. The Pharcyde’s Tre and Korn frontman Jonathan Davis guest.
BAD RELIGION The Process of Belief (Epitaph) After nearly a decade on Atlantic, the L.A. punk pioneers reunite with guitarist/Epitaph label owner Brett Gurewitz.
KRS-ONE Spiritual Minded (Koch/In the Paint/Front Page) The high-minded rap guru adds gospel elements to this collection, which includes “Tears,” a song dedicated to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Faithful friends B.B. Jay and T-Bone make appearances.
IN THE STUDIO
U2, in Dublin, reportedly recording new material: the follow-up to 2000’s Grammy-nominated All That You Can’t Leave Behind and music for the soundtrack of the upcoming Martin Scorsese movie Gangs of New York.
FOO FIGHTERS, working on the sequel to 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose, at Dave Grohl’s home studio in Northern Virginia. Look for the still-untitled disc in early summer.
Old 97’s frontman RHETT MILLER, in Los Angeles, making his solo debut with producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann). The album is tentatively due in August.