Something for Everybody, by Devo

The Ohio spudboys return with their first album in 20 years, and the sharp songcraft and sharper social commentary haven't dulled a bit.

Reverie, by David Wilcox

On his 17th album, Wilcox tries a bold experiment: he records in front of a live audience, but without applause punctuating each tune.

Birds and Cages, by Deas Vail

Deas Vail's youthful pop-rock is in the vein of Christian hit-radio bands. But the vocals soar to giddy heights on "Growing Pains," which makes compelling use of distorted guitar, riffing piano and swishing cymbals.

Lonely Avenue, by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby

Lonely Avenue recalls beautiful-mess collaborations along the lines of Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson.