New music comes in all shapes and styles. This week Ann Powers looks at a trio of albums that span alt rock, Chinese folk music and bluegrass.
The indie stalwarts Cake are out with a new album called Showroom of Compassion. It's fun, funky and just what you'd expect from Cake.
Cage the Elephant play brash, explosive alterna rock that evokes Nirvana and the Pixies. Their new album is called Thank You, Happy Birthday.
And bluegrass singer Abigail Washburn continues to mix Chinese folk with her southern sound on City of Refuge.