New Music Tuesday: 2-17-09

Actress-turned-singer Zooey Deschanel has lent her vocals to her She and Him bandmate, M. Ward‘s new solo album, Hold Time. The indie singer/songwriter also sings alongside Lucinda Williams, making the album a little bit country, and a little bit of his folky-brand of rock and roll. Fans of She and Him will enjoy the collaborations with both women.

Also out this week:

Various ArtistsDark Was the Night (4AD/Beggars Banquet)

If you enjoy indie-pop, you will not be disappointed in this AIDS benefit album. Featuring tracks by artists like Feist, Cat Power, Blonde Redhead, Ben Gibbard among several others, there are duets between the acts as well as singular songs. It’s for a good cause, and the music is well worth owning with not one throwaway song included.

Alela DianeTo Be Still (Rough Trade Records)

A psych-folk singer from Portland, Alela Diane releases her second album on a larger label with better musicianship and more accessible songs. Fans of Tara Jane O’Neil and Joanna Newsom will like her style.

Sutton FosterWish (Ghostlight Records)

The Tony Award-winner has created a covers album that’s a mix of jazz and cabaret, and includes tracks like Patty Griffin’s “Nobody’s Crying” and Carole King’s “Up on the Roof.”

What are you listening to today?

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