Honoring the past while respecting the present seems to be JD McPherson's main goal on his sophomore album, "Let The Good Times Roll," which showcases musical influences from many decades, but especially the '50s.
Joshua Tillman returns to the pseudonym of Father John Misty on his second album since his departure from Fleet Foxes, and this time he is ready to tell the world what his dark and cynical mind thinks about love.
Rhiannon Giddens' first solo album is a clever collection of songs spanning American music's history, including tunes made famous by Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Odetta, among others.
The Districts' second album proves that the group can enter the studio and live up to the energetic live performances that they are known for.
After 35 years, one of the greatest cult bands of all time, the Church, is wrestling with its identity. Its latest psychedelic and brooding sounds remind us of the angsty albums the band has released in the past, but some still doubt the recently released "Further/Deeper" is from the same band fans have all come to know and love.
On his fifth studio album, Ryan Bingham offers the world a look into a troubled past through the eyes of isolation.
An aging Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, channels his anxieties about approaching middle age into his latest album, "Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper." Without ditching his already well-established psychedelic electronic sound, Lennox has crafted a beautifully mature album full of meditations on home life.
A Europop track referencing Sylvia Plath? Welcome to the new Belle and Sebastian. The Scottish group is back with their ninth studio album, "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance," and it's a different Belle and Sebastian. They're not unrecognizable, it's just as if they put on some makeup and slipped into their party dress.
Coming from a background of bossa nova, samba and rock music, Rodrigo Amarante flexes his songwriting clout on his debut album "Cavalo." He combines the sonic worlds of Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Brooklyn into a special sound that cannot be found on any other record.
After going on a brief hiatus and putting down his guitar for the first time in 15 years, Horse Feathers' lead singer Justin Ringle realized he desperately needed to have more fun with music. The group's new album, "So It Is With Us" is Ringle's transition from sad and quiet to upbeat and spirited. The album is unlike any of their previous releases; it features stronger drums and bass, powerful violins and climactic tempos with intros that build energy.