BUZZCOCKS Buzzcocks (Merge) The British punks who helped pioneer a different kind of tension in music return with their first record since 1999's Modern.
SM & JICKS Pig Lib (Matador) No, it's not another Babe sequel. It's a new album from ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus featuring the Jicks, a.k.a. drummer John Moen (Dharma Bums) and bass player Joanna Bolme (the Minders).
DEANA CARTER I'm Just a Girl (Arista Nashville) Carter vies for a piece of Faith Hill's country beauty-queen territory with a sophomore disc that features a duet with Dwight Yoakam.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buddha Bar V (Unibox) This two-CD set, the latest installment in the popular chill-out series, aims to seduce with Angelique Kidjo and other ethnographically diverse acts.
IN THE STUDIO
ADEMA are holed up in L.A. with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D.), working on their second album, due in July. Look for the hard-rockers to also show their softer side, with a new emphasis on melody, and even a ballad.
TRAIN have pulled into Atlanta to record the follow-up to 2001's multiplatinum Drops of Jupiter. The Grammy-winning band, which has reteamed with producer Brendan O'Brien (RATM, Pearl Jam), is on track for a June release.
MONICA is also in Hotlanta, completing her third CD, which drops June 3. The singer penned several cuts (producers include Jermaine Dupris and Rodney Jerkins) and debuts her rap skills on the Missy Elliott-guided single ''So Gone.''