VAMPIRE WEEKEND Vampire Weekend
On their debut album these four recent Columbia University grads make ultracatchy college rock like “Campus.” They also get high marks for quirkiness, integrating strings, African textures and a bit o’ Irish.
K.D. Lang Watershed
With a voice that is decadently rich and lush, Lang delivers both torch and twang on her first album of original material since 2000. Warmly rendered tunes like “Shadow and the Frame” are perfect for curling up by the fireplace.