Lyrically and musically rich, these indie rockers hold your attention steady. Best cuts: the Springsteen-esque single "Sequestered in Memphis" and the blues-colored ballad "Lord, I'm Discouraged."
NINE INCH NAILS
In May Trent Reznor pulled a Radiohead by making NIN's latest available for free download. Now you can buy the physical CD, and on the industrial strength of tracks such as the single "Discipline," it's a worthy one.
Around the Bend
After releasing a string of spiritual CDs this decade, Travis returns to his country roots. As warm, traditional tunes like "Dig Two Graves" and "You Didn't Have a Good Time" show, he hasn't lost his touch.
They may be from Seattle and record for the same label that gave us Nirvana, but this quintet couldn't be anything further from grunge. On their debut album, these sweet Foxes will have you blissing out with their airy dream pop.