June 01, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

RADIOHEAD, Amnesiac (Capitol) The brainy Brits offer a collection that recalls last year’s chart-topping Kid A, while forgetting earlier, more rocking tunes.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS Essence (Lost Highway) Three years after her Grammy-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Williams gets back to her rootsy roots with guests like former Stevie Ray Vaughan keyboardist Reese Wynans.

ST. LUNATICS Free City (Fo’ Reel/Universal) With his solo debut Country Grammar still among the country’s top-selling albums, hip-pop phenom Nelly reunites with his hometown posse.

JESSICA SIMPSON Irresistible (Columbia) After selling 2 million of her Sweet Kisses (1999), the pop tart offers more sugary songs on this sophomore set, including “There You Were,” a duet with Marc Anthony.

ON TOUR

In a jaw-dropping double bill that’s certain to leave many a conversation dangling, PAUL SIMON and BRIAN WILSON, two old friends to many a boomer, will kick off their summer tour June 9 in Seattle, and continue with dates in Los Angeles, New York City, and elsewhere.

Who says old men can’t rock? Those unstoppable road warriors AEROSMITH will once again come to your town and help you party it down; things get under way June 6 in Hartford.

We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it. Synth-pop legends DEPECHE MODE will launch a tour in support of their new album Exciter, beginning June 15 in Montreal and continuing through the U.S. and Canada until Aug. 18.

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