It would be nice to say Meat Puppets reach the same heights, but Arizona’s Kirkwood Brothers have lost some energy since their 1995 farewell. Dusty Notes (Megaforce Records) offers 10 exquisite slices of cowboy-Americana, but the druggy punk vigor of earlier albums is missing. Stephen Malkmus, founder and guitarist of 1990s legends Pavement, has not been absent in intervening years, since his Jicks have crafted some fine pop, but Groove Denied (Domino) is another beast. Recorded in 2008 but denied a label release until now, this solo work is an electronica experiment harking back to Bauhaus. In two weeks, we’ll be back to check on Mekons, Ex Hex, Gang of Four and other 1990s ghosts.