By Chuck Arnold and Carlos Greer
Updated June 17, 2013 12:00 PM

>Queens of the Stone Age

…Like Clockwork

On their first album since 2007, QOTSA craft a mini epic that shows they’re much more than just headbangers. On tracks like the booty-shaking “If I Had a Tail,” they bring to mind David Bowie for a new age. []

Little Mix


Like One Direction, these lasses auditioned as solo artists on the U.K. X Factor before forming a group. Unlike 1D, though, Little Mix went on to win in 2011. But on their debut album, they’re just passable Spice Girls wannabes. []



The Danish soul-pop duo of singer Coco O. and multi-instrumentalist/producer Robin Hannibal make a smooth, ’90s-spiked cocktail that evokes the cool, jazzy vibes of Sade and Erykah Badu while never eclipsing those greats. []

She & Him

Volume 3

The freshness has started to wear off on the third installment of the collaboration between actress Zooey Deschanel and alt-folkie M. Ward. Still, there is a breezy charm to retro ditties like “I Could’ve Been Your Girl.” []