June 07, 1999 12:00 PM

>CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE Mike Ness (Time Bomb) With his band Social Distortion on hiatus, punk folkie Ness gets helping hands from Bruce Springsteen, Brian Setzer and X’s Billy Zoom for this album of original and cover tunes.

PEARLS IN THE SNOW: THE SONGS OF KINKY FRIEDMAN Various Artists (Kinkajou) Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and others help pay tribute to the quirky 1970s country rocker turned mystery novelist.

TAL BACHMAN Tal Bachman (Columbia) Son of guitar hero Randy (the Guess Who; Bachman-Turner Overdrive), this multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter eschews Dad’s heavy metal for an appealing pop sound on this debut.

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