Serbian beauty plays rootsy blues. See “Summer Rain,” “Count Me In.”
Blue October _ Any Man in America
Alt/rockers go mainstream pop on their adventurous new disc.
Chimaira _ Age of Hell
Cleveland groove metal.
Eli Young Band _ Life At Best
Classically produced American country rock. See “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Skeletons.”
Flesh N’ Bone _ Blaze of Glory
Fresh out of jail Bone Thug picks up right where he left off.
Fool’s Gold _ Leave No Trace
LA collective blends African rhythms with American pop on their latest. RIYL Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors. See “Leave No Trace,” The Dive,” “Wild Window.”
Keb Mo _ Keb Mo
Texas guitar legend sings ever so sweetly on his latest. See “Tell Everyone I Know,” “Angelina.”
Gary Clark Jr _ The Bright Lights EP
Two tracks of rockin’ guitar based blues from Austin singer/songwriter are really just a tease. RIYL Black Keys.
Guy Clark _ Songs & Stories
TX music legend takes on some classics on this stripped down 23-song live set.
Jeff Bridges _ Jeff Bridges
Fresh off a ‘Crazy Heart’ Academy award the dude releases a record of downtempo country. See “Nothing Yet.”
Jewel _ The Merry Goes ‘Round
New mom Jewel heads to where the cash is: children’s music.
Maria Taylor _ Overlook
Azure Ray/Bright Eyes cohort mixes indie folk with elements of shoegaze for a dreamy set. See “Matador,” “Bad Idea?”
Mister Heavenly _ Out of Love
Playful indie rock from hip supergroup featuring members of Man Man, Modest Mouse, and Islands. Not bad considering all the hype.
Natalia Kills _ Perfectionist
Big, hooky, dark pop tunes.
Ollabelle _ Neon Blue Bird
NYC folk featuring traditional songwriting and five-part harmonies.
Psychostick _ Space Vampires Vs Zombie Dinosaurs
Royal Thunder _ Royal Thunder
Tame classic rock.
Slaine _ World With No Skies
South Boston rapper is poised to hit the next level following the hit La Coka Nostra album “A Brand You Can Trust” with his first solo effort. Fans are also anticipating the upcoming "State of Grace with Statik Selektah.
The Cool Kids _ When Fish Ride Bicycles
Hipster rap act get help from some big names including Ghostface and Meyer Hawthorne on their latest. See “Penny Hardaway,” “Swimsuits.”
**The Duke & The King _ The Duke & The King
Gorgeous classic folk from Felice Brother and friends.
The War On Drugs _ Slave Ambient
Disappointingly drab record from promising Philly act is missing the hooks and fun of their earlier efforts.
Ursula 1000 _ Mondo Beyondo
Funky world/dance project from Brooklyn DJ/producer Alex Gimeno.
**Yellow Ostrich _ The Mistress
Newcomers play solid, dreamy lo-fi pop on their debut. See "Hold On," "Campaign," "Slow Paddle."