Willy Vlautin, of Portland-based quartet Richmond Fontaine, enlisted bandmate/drummer Sean Oldham, bassist Freddie Trujillo, steel guitarist Tucker Jackson and Decemberists' keyboardist Jenny Conlee-Drizos to form country-soul outfit the Delines, handing vocal duties to the Damnations' Amy Boone.
For all the guys who fantasised about being with her and the girls who wanted to be her, Stevie Nicks is back to her best with an album of new tracks that could have been plucked from the '70s and '80s.
Two decades after it was impossible to avoid the refrain of Mr Jones, Counting Crows has released an album that sounds like a natural progression from Recovering the Satellites.
Toronto-based Lowell (Elizabeth Lowell Boland) tests the breadth of her range on her 12-track debut album and comes up grinning.
Any fears that ''His Purpleness'' had lost touch with his prodigiously charismatic younger self are dispelled with Prince's most tightly-focused album in years, one of two released simultaneously.
Well, 30:30 Hindsight is certainly the album for the working-class man, clocking in at 40 tracks.
If Art Official Age is a fresh statement of Prince's multifaceted talent, Plectrumelectrum is the four-on-the-floor, hard-rocking funk album that captures something of the power of his recent touring performances.
Henry Wagons and his band pay a couple of visits to the gates of hell, deal with various devils along the way and drain untold glasses of the hard stuff to gain the requisite Dutch courage to deal with snake-haired women, carousing and consoling in the way that tough men do.
The latest offering from London-raised singer-songwriter (and excellent guitarist) Anni Calvi might comprise just five tracks but she roams over some varied ground, reconfiguring five songs, including an excellent, darkly funky rendition of New Zealander Connan Mockasin's I'm The Man That Will Find You that features David Byrne.
The 10th studio album from David Gray documents a strong return to form for the English singer-songwriter, who first came to attention with 1998 effort White Ladder.
Time to empty the pool, strap on the Vans, whack on a bandanna and imagine you are transported to Southern California circa 1988.
While not the post-hiatus return to form that 2004's You Are The Quarry was, this 10th studio album from constant curmudgeon Morrissey echoes something of Quarry's defiant spirit.
Producer, musician and DJ Will ''Quantic'' Holland's exploration of cumbia, salsa, soul, funk, reggae and jazz from his base in Colombia continues with Magnetica, a typically busy collaboration with a veritable League of Nations of guest singers and players.
With sensitive singer-songwriter blokes a dime a dozen, Ed Sheeran's debut + effortlessly connected rap attitude, heartfelt vulnerability and unvarnished storytelling, resulting in a release as bold and colourful as his hair.
Relocating from Auckland to Lyttelton last year, singer-songwriter Ivy Rossiter wasted no time getting to work on the follow-up to 2012 debut album, again drawing on a range of personnel to put sometimes hefty, sometimes ethereal flesh on the bones of her Luckless project.
They don't call it soul music for nothing.
The ninth studio album from American string band traditionalists Old Crow Medicine Show is notable for a few reasons: the absence of Willy Watson, nasal vocal foil to key member Ketch Secor; the return of founding member Critter Fuqua; and, perhaps more significantly, the group's second collaboration with Bob Dylan.
Produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the third album by Lana Del Rey ditches the shallow hip-hop experimentation of her patchy sophomore effort, Born To Die, and instead focuses on the singer-songwriter's strength, which is as a swooning, reverb-drenched femme fatale.
With contributions to the likes of Guided By Voices, Nada Surf and Death of Samantha under his belt, Brooklyn-based Doug Gillard can point to plenty of evidence of his chops as a guitarist.
Gleefully fusing electronica and live classical strings, the debut from self-styled ''electronic chamber music quartet'' Clean Bandit looks to capitalise on the success Rather Be.