• We have a tentative street date for cheek-metal purveyors PIGBOAT's new album, Float: April 21, with a release show later that week, April 25, at Geno's (where else?). There may be a nautical theme — whaddya think? GHOSTHUNTER will open the release show.

• Pianist/composer FRANK CARLBERG releases his new The American Dream with a show at Woodfords Church April 23. We like Frank, and would mention that anyway, but let's say we were encouraged by one of the more breathless pieces of promotion we've read in a long time. Here's a sample: "The American Dream is a jazz suite cum political cri de coeur built around 12 short poems by the late Robert Creeley. The poems have been situated by Mr. Carlberg in musical contexts that extend and enhance the linguistic economy and emotional candor that characterize much of Mr. Creeley's greatest work." We also like: "The quintet, with utmost confidence and éclat, re-animates Mr. Carlberg's visionary approach to and interpretation of Mr. Creeley's impeccable poetries." Can you do that with poetry? Make it plural? We thought it was one of those collective-noun thingies, like water and sand.

EMILIA DAHLIN has pushed back the release show for disc number four, Rattle Them Bones. An opportunity to open for ANI DIFRANCO, to whom she was once compared fairly frequently, made her change the date a week, from April 17 to 24, so fans will just have to wait to hear what she's promising is her most "genre-bending" work yet.

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