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Limited edition Blu-ray releases for the month of April are: Richard III (1995), The Fantasticks, The Remains of the Day, April Love, Zardoz, The Story of Adele H. Acclaimed Miniseries The Book of Negroes - Now on DVD
The six-part miniseries based on Lawrence Hill's novel of the same name. The title comes from an actual Revolutionary War-era document. Out Now: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts - DVD Collections: Stingers and Zingers and Hall of Famers
Stingers and Zingers is a 20-plus hour, eight-disc collection that boasts 24 complete roasts. Hall of Famers is a more economical, single-disc edition. Now on DVD from IndiePix Films: Ships (Ferahfeza)
Award-winning filmmaker Elif Refig's debut feature-length film won the prestigious FIPRESCI Award among other distinguished awards. New to DVD: The Beginner's Bible - Vol. Two Due June 9; Vol. One Now Available
The Beginner's Bible Volumes One and Two offer three animated Bible stories each, all aimed at younger viewers.

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Feature Column by Bill Bentley

Bentley's Bandstand

Bentley's Bandstand: April 2015

Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is here to guide you toward the best of April's new releases. Put a little Spring in your step with some music.

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March 2, 2015 8:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is here to clue you in to the best releases of the month.
February 4, 2015 11:05 PM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is back with his picks of this month's new releases.
January 12, 2015 7:00 PM ET
Welcome to another year of the best of the new releases as music industry veteran Bill Bentley returns to keep you well-informed.
December 15, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Bill Bentley is back with his picks for the best albums of the second half of 2014, along with choices for best song and best reissue. This is just the thing you need in case Santa forgets to bring you some music.
December 1, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Time to clear the decks with a year-end round-up of albums and a novel released in 2014 that made it through the deluge. Each and every one of these 40 titles is worthy of interested ears and open eyes.
November 2, 2014 5:20 PM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is here with his monthly roundup of what's best among the new releases.
October 2, 2014 3:45 PM ET
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley is back with the cream of the crop of October's new releases.
August 29, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is back with his monthly roundup of new releases for your consideration.
August 1, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is back with the cream of the crop of this month's new releases. Check it out.
July 7, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley tells you what's what about this month's new releases. Read before you buy.
June 30, 2014 7:50 PM ET
Bill Bentley scans the first half of 2014 for the standout releases.
May 29, 2014 10:20 PM ET
Bill Bentley's monthly roundup of new releases you should know about, this month featuring a new Brian Eno collaboration and a four-disc Johnny Winter career retrospective, among other goodies.
May 1, 2014 2:10 PM ET
Music biz veteran Bill Bentley is on hand again to tell you what's worth paying attention to among this month's new releases.
April 2, 2014 9:25 PM ET
Bill Bentley peruses this month's new music releases and helps us separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's what Bill thinks is worth listening to in April.
March 3, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Want to know what's new and noteworthy in the world of music this month? Read Bill Bentley's monthly round-up of the releases that you'll want to check out.
February 3, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Bill Bentley's monthly round-up of new and recent releases that you'll want to check out.
January 1, 2014 8:50 PM ET
Bill Bentley gets your new year's listening off on the right foot by taking a look at some hidden gems from 2013. If any of these flew under your radar, check them out.
December 10, 2013 11:00 PM ET
Another stellar year for music, coming in from all sides and never letting up. Highlighting the second half of 2013 are these ten extra-fine albums, along with best song and reissue of the year. Happy listening—and holidays!
November 24, 2013 9:25 AM ET
This week Bill Bentley takes a look at the best of this year's reissues. You may want to consider gifting the music lovers in your life with some of these (or maybe you want to do something nice for yourself).
November 4, 2013 9:45 PM ET
This is soul music from the source, showing how freeing that music can be. It's a sound that was born in church, found traction during a period of trying turmoil during the Civil Rights era, and helped lead listeners to a brand new land.
October 26, 2013 9:30 AM ET
Sometimes bands that begin proudly independent are just one click away from breaking through to the forefront. Singer Nicki Bluhm seems like she's been on the cusp of doing just that for awhile now.
October 14, 2013 8:00 PM ET
Charlie Musselwhite can sing blues, then and now, with a bottomless well of soul. He's got a smile in his voice, no matter how low down the lyrics are, which is one of his strongest secrets.
October 2, 2013 8:05 PM ET
Never forgetting his rhythm and blues roots in Detroit when he was growing up, the musician ignites these songs with full-on horn arrangements, the funkiest of drums, whirling keyboards and vocals that are no stranger to the dark end of the street.
September 12, 2013 8:50 PM ET
It would take a private detective a dozen years, fueled by truck-stop coffee and little white pills, to track down all the sweltering indie labels in the South that put the muscle in soul music back at its invention starting 60 years ago.
September 5, 2013 10:30 PM ET
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is star time. Are you ready for star time..." is the way the announcer starts, and as the band races into the opening song you can almost see the Hardest Working Man in Show Business rush out from the wings, dancing across the Apollo stage on one leg and creating sheer pandemonium among the audience.
August 21, 2013 9:25 PM ET
Through a wild and woolly history that will stand forever, there was, is, and never will be anything like a Grateful Dead concert.
August 2, 2013 1:25 PM ET
This is the kind of collection that should be given to new parents in maternity wards around the world, because the complete human experience is encapsulated in the 70 songs like no other artist ever has or ever will be able to accomplish.
July 21, 2013 11:20 PM ET
Anyone who was part of the musical explosion of the late 1970s must have felt like they'd stumbled onto the promised land. Recording contracts were plentiful, new stars were being anointed daily and, best yet, it looked like it would never end.
July 5, 2013 3:55 PM ET
This week's column celebrates the second anniversary of Bentley's Bandstand. It's still amazing to see how much moving music is being released, in all different kinds of categories ... The list below features the ten collections that would not stop invading the head and heart.
June 30, 2013 4:25 PM ET
It's time to break out the big guns for a loud salute to a true blue thrill, because for those who live for Chicago blues played down and dirty, the discovery of these 1966 tapes is like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jimmy Hoffa's body rolled into one.
June 12, 2013 9:20 PM ET
It's obvious when masters are in the room. Their music sounds like it was made on a long Saturday afternoon; the pressure is off and they're playing for themselves.
June 5, 2013 6:35 PM ET
World music continues to spread the word about other cultures to anyone within earshot, and every now and then one release will become a beacon.
May 24, 2013 5:30 PM ET
When music takes the express elevator right to the top of the skyscraper, well, just be glad we're along for the ride.
May 17, 2013 3:55 PM ET
What is more inspiring than seeing someone on the back nine going for the gusto and bringing it all the way home?
April 30, 2013 8:50 PM ET
Years ago, when they first met and he played in her band, Rodney Crowell wrote "Bluebird Wine," and now Emmylou Harris has finally recorded it with him. And if that isn't the circle being unbroken, then what is?
April 17, 2013 6:35 PM ET
It's easy to hear when someone has found the ability to move listeners. So much of modern music sounds like it's made as an exercise in songwriting, something that people are doing to learn how to get better.
April 9, 2013 1:10 PM ET
Standing alone in the CBGB crowd of the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith and all the others, Forbert was a man with a Martin guitar who might not have known how things work, which was probably in his favor, but remained fearless in getting the music heard.
March 31, 2013 6:50 PM ET
The horn can elicit emotions that remain buried in most of us, but the way the saxophone speaks it's like the purveyor of a very private language. In the hands of a master, the sky—or the valley—is the limit.
March 22, 2013 1:05 PM ET
Clapton has used an intimate relationship with the instrument to help heal that heart through a serpentine life of happiness and tragedy, and the way he's done it leaves him basically unmatched.
March 12, 2013 7:35 PM ET
There can be endless arguments on who is the best soul singer of all time, and like they say, different pokes for different folks. But at the top of anyone's list Otis Redding has to have a secure spot.
March 4, 2013 8:10 PM ET
Boz Scaggs, Memphis. There is an elegance of soul at the center of Boz Scaggs' music that doesn't really exist anywhere else. Maybe it's because being raised in the South he lived first-hand where rhythm and blues started, and...
February 23, 2013 1:20 PM ET
Like Plato struggling for sense in his famous cave, the modern singer breaks out of the shadows in a heroic attempt to set himself free.
February 17, 2013 1:40 PM ET
Music that was once great is always great, and in the right hands should have every chance to shine again.
February 11, 2013 9:45 AM ET
Sometimes it's all about the mystery. Rather than endlessly pursue information and past statistics, music is often meant to just wash over you, leaving details to another day.
February 4, 2013 1:10 PM ET
In the history of rock music, there really isn't a story quite like the Box Tops. Their 16-year-old singer Alex Chilton had the vocal grit of someone twice that age—not to mention a different race—and continually stumped audiences when they saw his photo.
January 27, 2013 8:45 PM ET
If a knockout emotional punch is what you're looking for, start right here.
January 20, 2013 9:50 AM ET
There are untold musical heroes spread out across the country. They play constantly, building local followings and often wondering why national attention doesn't come their way.
January 12, 2013 10:55 AM ET
Jazz is such a prideful part of America's history, it would be a great thing if once a year every citizen would purchase an album from the musical style which is the envy of the world. Jazz was born here; why not pitch in and celebrate its exuberance too?
January 5, 2013 10:00 AM ET
Finally, the English band that did more to turn young Americans on to real-deal blues than any othert aggregation brings it all back home and plays with the Big Daddy. Sort of.

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