By Chuck Arnold Marisa Laudadio
April 12, 2010 12:00 PM

>SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS

I Learned the Hard Way

The lush opener laments that “The Game Gets Old.” But retro-soul like this—as Jones fronts the band that backed Amy Winehouse—will never get tiresome. []

BARENAKED LADIES

All in Good Time

After the departure of Steven Page, Ed Robertson is the Ladies’ sole frontman on mellow tunes like the Chicago-esque “Summertime.” []

NEON TREES

Habits

There’s nothing here that you haven’t heard from other ’80s-inspired bands like the Killers. Still, it’s hard to resist such throwback tracks as the aptly titled “1983.” []

PETER WOLF

Midnight Souvenirs

Those who know Wolf only as leader of the J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”) will be surprised at the nocturnal gems on this earthy mix of soul, blues, folk and country. []

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