This period-setting album serves up genre-crossing gems of the film’s era—by everyone from Bob Dylan to Bo Diddley—but a lone original: Mary J. Blige’s ballad “The Living Proof.” 
Famous First Words
On their debut album, these lads get some Brit-pop cred from producer Stephen Street (the Smiths, Blur). Songs like “Electric Daydream” make them out like Oasis’s younger cousins. 
Red Hot + Rio 2
The latest in the series benefiting HIV/AIDS awareness is a bountiful double disc. Whether it’s John Legend or Bebel Gilberto, English or Portuguese, Red Hot is way cool. 
GARY CLARK JR.
The Bright Lights EP
“You gonna know my name,” vows this blues singer-guitarist on the title cut. Making his major-label debut with this blazing four-track EP, there’s no reason to doubt him.