STEVE EARLE, Sidetracks (E2/Artemis) Among the odds and ends gathered for this collection are a cover of Nirvana’s “Breed” and a duet with Sheryl Crow on the Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come Today.”

GOO GOO DOLLS, Gutterflower (Warner Bros.) The Goos’ first studio CD since 1998, produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Alanis Morissette), already boasts a Top 40 single, “Here Is Gone.”

BONNIE RAITT, Silver Lining (Capitol) Britpopper David Gray wrote the title track for the bluesy redhead’s follow-up to 1998’s Fundamental.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION, Plastic Fang (Matador) After a decade of albums without producers, the funked-up bluesmen hired Steve Jordan (B.B. King, Billy Joel) to tighten this effort.


NELLY FURTADO, taking a studio break during a Nashville tour stop to join three-time Latin Grammy winner JUANES for a duet, “Fotografia,” set to appear on the suave Colombian rocker’s May release, Un Dia Normal.

COLDPLAY, in London and Liverpool, recording their still-untitled sophomore release, due June 18; “In My Place” is already tagged as the first single, with tracks like “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and “Crest of Wave” lining up for second place.

BADLY DRAWN BOY, with producer Tom Rothrock in L.A.–no, not for the already in-the-can About a Boy companion album, but for the next proper BDB release, said to be headed in a more electric direction than the soundtrack.