A look at four new albums -- We review titles by Deep Dish, Rick Springfield, the Giraffes, and the Del McCoury Band

George Is On

DEEP DISH George Is On (Thrive) A sexy, cohesive set that mashes together a Flashdance tribute, Dire Straits riffs, and a newly recorded version of the Stevie Nicks classic ”Dreams,” George brims with the sort of wall-pounding energy that’s made this D.C. duo’s live shows some of the most riotous on the club circuit. B+Nicholas Fonseca

RICK SPRINGFIELD The Day After Yesterday (Gomer) Forget Pat Boone donning leather chaps for ”Enter Sandman”; pop-rock softie Springfield stays in his comfort zone with karaoke-esque retreads of artists like Mr. Mister (”Broken Wings”) and Foreigner (”Waiting for a Girl Like You”). Bust out the rosé and the bubblebath, and you’re there. CLeah Greenblatt

THE GIRAFFES The Giraffes (Razor & Tie) Rough, tough metal dudes from Brooklyn called. . .the Giraffes? We hear you snickering. But don’t laugh too hard. This stoner-rock stew, spiced with thrashcore and Cream-y boogie, is seriously tasty. B+Tom Sinclair

THE DEL MCCOURY BAND The Company We Keep (Sugar Hill) Lonesome never sounded so appealing, thanks to McCoury’s cutting tenor and the soloists who play with rockers’ attitude. Nearly 40 years into the game, Del McCoury & Co. might well be bluegrass’ best band. B+Bob Cannon

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