We Are Rising, by Son Lux

Earlier this year, NPR's All Songs Considered solicited Ryan Lott, aka Son Lux, for an experiment: could he write and record an album in one month? Lott agreed.

Hundred More Years, by Francesca Battistelli

Dove Award winner Francesca Battis­telli has proved to be a refreshing breeze in the musty swamp of the Christian music industry, delivering material that sparkles with energy and vibrancy.

The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964, by Bob Dylan

Dylan fans rejoice at any opening of the vaults—this is volume 9 in his Bootleg Series—but this double disc also welcomes anyone who is new to the '60s pioneer.

This Is Only a Test, by Smoking Popes

Since recently reuniting, the Smoking Popes have been a different band from their 1990s heyday.

Kaivama, by Kaivama

Lutheran rocker Jonathan Rundman is nothing if not prolific. Here he teams with violinist Sara Pajunen to form Kaivama, a folk music duo that yields tasty instrumentals with a Finnish accent.