Rodriguez is back with Sugar Man, our Pick of the Week. The folk-rock singer was considered a sure bet for stardom after his discovery in a Detroit bar in the '70s, but his first two albums tanked and he disappeared, only to find fame later in South Africa.
Now, his soulful 35-year-old song about a drug dealer leads off the soundtrack for the documentary Looking for Sugar Man (in theaters Friday), which tells his inspiring story of reclaiming his career.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening:
She Owns the Streets, The Raveonettes
The Danish duo have just released this haunting, brittle track as the first single from Observator, out Sept. 11
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The guitar god's lesser-known gem is a highlight on the newly reissued Live at Berkeley, which documents a 1970 show.
Hello, Hello, Missy Higgins
The engaging Australian pop singer returns after five years with the eclectic new The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, on which this is the first U.S. single.
(For God's Sake) Give More Power
to the People, Joss Stone
The raspy-voiced soul-rocker covers the Chi-Lites' 1971 anthem on The Soul Sessions Vol. 2, out July 31.
Glamour Boy, The Guess Who
Pop vocalist supreme Burton Cummings delivered a wonderfully loungy, world-weary effort on this 1973 hit from the Candian pop-rock band's #10, re-released today.
On a Monday, Jerry Douglas
Nashville's premier Dobro player steps out from his Union Station role and makes his vocal debut on a Leadbelly classic, from his recent Traveler.
SarasotaSummer Song, Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Relive the ideal of the hippie summer with this folkie gem, unearthed for last year's Tell My Sister rarities album.
A Night in Tunisia (Actually an Entire Weekend), Arturo Sandoval
The Cuban-born jazz trumpeter honors his mentor with his new Dear Diz (Every DayI Think of You).
I Don't Wanna Go, Blues Traveler
Vocalist/harmonica player John Popper and mates celebrate 25 years as a band on their new Suzie Cracks the Whip.
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Kitty Wells
Farewell, our true country queen.