RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS By the Way (Warner Bros.) They of the flaming hats return with their first disc since 1999’s Californication. By the way, the single is also called “By the Way.”

ONYX Bacdafucup: Part II (Koch) Many claim to have created rap-rock; only Onyx can say they were the first rappers to crowd-surf in a video (1993’s “Slam”).

UNCLE KRACKER No Stranger to Shame (Lava/Atlantic) The Kid Rock protege covers Dobie Gray’s pop-soul classic “Drift Away,” with Gray on backup vocals.

STYLES A Gangster and a Gentleman (Interscope) The LOX crew member drops his solo debut, with a schmear of Angie Stone, Lil’ Mo, and Jadakiss, plus production from Swizz Beatz and DJ Clue.


Dapper Swede garage-rockers the HIVES, plug into A Good Tip for a Good Time, the debut from puzzlingly named Norwegian exports the CATO SALSA EXPERIENCE.

THE BAND’s and NEIL YOUNG’s folkier efforts, strum along to December’s Child, the latest from MARK OLSON AND THE CREEKDIPPERS (featuring Olson’s wife, Victoria Williams, and on one track, former Jayhawks bandmate Gary Louris).

Artsy hip-hop and HARRY NILSSON (c’mon, we know you’re out there somewhere), dig BLACKALICIOUS’ Blazing Arrow, the title track of which samples Nilsson’s “Me and My Arrow.”

The melodica-flavored faux reggae of GORILLAZ, pick up the new reissue of melodica master AUGUSTUS PABLO’s 1977 album, East of the River Nile.