Chuck Arnold, Jessica Herndon, and Aileen Wong
July 05, 2010 12:00 PM

>CYNDI LAUPER

Memphis Blues

After hitting the clubs on 2008’s Bring Ya to the Brink, Lauper turns to the saloons with blues covers. But despite credibility-boosting cameos (B.B. King), she’s no Etta. []

THE NATIONAL

High Violet

With their stellar, moody atmospherics, these indie rockers can come off as Brooklyn’s answer to Arcade Fire on their fifth disc. Perfect for the Twilight crowd. []

MARY MCBRIDE

The Way Home

The singer-songwriter displays soulful shades of Janis Joplin on this fine collection of retro-inspired songs such as “You Got Me Wrong.” []

THE BLACK KEYS

Brothers

Occasionally bringing to mind another cool bluesy duo, the White Stripes, the Black Keys also evoke Exile-era Stones on tracks like the funky “Sinister Kid.” []

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