Staind 14 Shades of Grey (Flip/Elektra) The title of their follow-up to Break the Cycle reflects, the band says, their avoidance of ''one extreme or another.''
ROONEY Rooney (Geffen) The catchy L.A. pop-rockers deliver their debut. Show-biz alert: Frontman Robert Carmine starred in The Princess Diaries, and is Nic Cage's cousin and Jason Schwartzman's (Phantom Planet) kid brother.
''WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC Poodle Hat (Volcano) After a four-year break, the parody prince is back. And we could use a bit of levity these days, right?
SERJ TANKIAN AND ARTO TUNCBOYACIYAN Serart (Columbia) System of a Down frontman Serj joins multi-instrumentalist Arto for musical explorations.