The Raveonettes, Raven In The Grave – According to legend, when members of this Danish indie rock outfit learned that Rolling Stone editor David Fricke would be at the SPOT festival, they went all out to get on the roster. In a nutshell, they succeeded, Fricke raved about them and a record company bidding war ensued. Critics and indie music lovers love to love The Raveonettes, and their mainstream popularity seems to grow with each release. April 5.
Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane – The reigning queen of bluegrass is back with her follow up to her 2007 Album of the Year collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand. It’s her first album with Union Station since 2004. The 11-track Paper Airplane exhibits an artist in her prime backed with a band she knows like family. She’s likely to add a few more Grammy’s to her collection – she already has 26; more than any other female performer. April 12.
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Sing It Loud – By this point k.d. lang has just about done it all: country, pop, jazz and big band music and performances with the likes of Roy Orbison, Elton John, Loretta Lynn and Tony Bennett. After 25 years in the business, lang presents an album with her own band, the first time since her early recordings with the Reclines – the Patsy Cline tribute band that got the singer her start. The mostly original tracks, co-written by lang, range from retro pop to jazz. April 12.
Architecture In Helinski, Moment Bends – The offbeat Aussie – no, they’re not Finnish – indie pop group captured the attention of music lovers with their 2003 debut, Fingers Crossed. Known for their unique blend of modern indie musical elements with a healthy dose of 80s pop, the group is a music festival regular, and they’ve opened for everyone from Deathcab for Cutie to Polyphonic Spree. Their fourth studio effort offers plenty of the catchy pop they’re known for, but it also marks the evolution of the band’s sound in a more mature and mysterious direction. April 19.