Beautiful Love, by Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia—one of the most versatile and skilled Brazilian musicians in the Midwest—lives up to his album title. His nylon-stringed guitar playing is angelic, and his voice is cappuccino smooth.

Redemption, by Glen David Andrews

Recorded in a converted New Orleans–area church over six days, Redemption is a jambalaya of Chicago blues, New Orleans funk, and robust soul. On the standout “Chariot,” Glen David Andrews’s voice rises with gritty passion as he trails into the song’s tag, borrowed from the spiritual “Sweet Home Chariot”:

PiecesOfUsWere LeftOnTheGround, by JoyCut

On the mostly instrumental Pieces, JoyCut takes the sonic hallmarks of the 1980s New Wave era—from shimmering, echo-plastered guitars and propulsive picked bass to dysmorphic synthesizer pads—and reconfigures them in thrilling fashion.