Like an international culinary twist on a favorite dish, this week has just enough international flavor to satisfy your ears. Swedish pop maestro Jens Lekman has a new EP out today, as does Montreal indie rock quartet The Besnard Lakes. Miguel Migs released a new album too, and although he’s from San Francisco, he’s adding some flavor with guest appearances by Jamaican reggae man Capleton and Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto. There’s some good ol’ American fare as well: Tony Bennett and country singer Gavin DeGraw both have new albums this week.
- Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos has experimented with different sounds and genres, but classical? It’s a bold move 20 years into her career, but she’s going all the way by releasing the album on classical label Deutsche Grammophon. This one needs to be heard.
- Superheavy - Superheavy
When people heard that Mick Jagger, soul chanteuse Joss Stone, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, reggae champion Damian Marley and film-scorer A.R. Rahman were forming a group, listeners had no idea what to expect. But once their first single, "Miracle Worker," hit the airwaves people were immediately fans of the track, which features reggae grooves, sultry crooning and even a fiddle solo. Listen to the album to find out what other unique sounds this crew has been concocting.
- Patton Oswalt - Finest Hour
Funny man Patton Oswalt is no newcomer to the comedy album game, but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t excited as ever for Finest Hour, his fourth. He’s only gotten better with age.
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical
When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released their self-titled debut in 2005, they nearly blew apart the Internet. Hear what they’ve been up to since then by tuning into Hysterical, their third studio album, this week.
- Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam 20: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
One of the most revered rock bands of the 1990s is Pearl Jam, who were celebrated at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with the Cameron Crowe documentary, “Pearl Jam 20.” The soundtrack to the film is a collection of some of the band’s finest live performances over the years, and proves why they've enjoyed such longevity.