August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

>Vince Gill & Paul Franklin


Gill and steel guitarist Franklin salute the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard on this loving nostalgiafest. You know they must have done the Bakersfield, Calif., country greats proud: Haggard even wrote the liner notes. []

Buddy Guy

Rhythm & Blues

With this double disc—first Rhythm, then Blues—the 77-year-old blues vet proves he still has plenty of licks left in his guitar. Along this gritty-good journey, he gets help from Kid Rock, Keith Urban and Steven Tyler. But it’s Guy who is the man. []

Jay Sean


There’s nothing on this Brit’s second U.S. album that is as catchy as “Down,” his single featuring Lil Wayne that hit No. 1 in 2009. Oddly, Neon lacks such uptempo tracks and, veering between pop and R&B, it never really seems to get in gear. []

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

There are 10 people in this L.A. indie collective, and they seem determined to cover just as many musical styles on their third album, from folk and psychedelia to soul and gospel. Quirky-cool. []

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