• dont-killHe writes songs in his sleep and records them before breakfast so assembling an album while on a two-year hiatus, back in his birthplace Australia, is no big deal for Simon Chainsaw, the Brazil-based power-punk road warrior. “Don’t Kill Rock ’n’ Roll” finds him in familiar surroundings, matching pop melodies with razor riffs in much the same way his Vanilla Chainsaws did 20-plus years ago.

  • kicking-assPlenty of bands put out compilations of their A sides. Trust Danish psych-soul-rock kings Baby Woodrose to turn the practice on its head and issue one exclusively of B sides, but it should be no shock as they’ve been carving their own swathe since the 2001.