TOKIO HOTEL Scream
If the Jonas Brothers were hotel-room-trashing headbangers, they might sound like these German teen rockers, two of whom are identical twins. Their English-language debut should have the fräuleins screaming.
CRAIG DAVID Trust Me
This Brit hasn’t made much noise in the States since his 2001 debut, Born to Do It. But this smooth R&B-pop set, highlighted by the ballads “Awkward” and “Officially Yours,” shows that he still deserves props.
Tom Petty reunites with his pre-Heartbreakers band (also including HBs Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench) to finally record their debut. And the rootsy result, digging into country and blues, feels like a real labor of love.
SANTOGOLD Santogold Rolling Stone tapped this Brooklynite as one of “10 Artists to Watch” last fall. It’s easy to hear why: Her debut CD offers a fresh mix of electronica, reggae and pop-punk, conjuring up a cross between M.I.A. and No Doubt-era Gwen.