Miles Raymer, Reader music critic
Badfinger, No Dice (Apple):
If all you know of Badfinger is "No Matter What" and "Without You," you're missing out. The high point in a tragically underappreciated career, this 1970 disc finds them pulling together power pop, psych rock, blue-eyed soul, funky country twang, and pretty much everything else that was good about this era in rock music, and turning it into a what could have been the White Album's slimmer sequel.
Chllngr, Haven (Green Owl): Nothing takes the edge off of a hot and humid summer's day like icy, minimalist don't-call-it-dubstep. Copenhagen producer Steven Jess Borth II borrows Burial's grayscale moodiness and haunting sonic palette and infuses a hot shot of posthuman g-funk.
Ssion, Bent (self-released): The latest from Cody Critchloe and his band of pervy troublemakers is based in the poppy, house-infused club music of the late 80s that birthed "Like a Prayer" and dressed up with enough sonic references to industrial music and modern electro to keep it from being simply a nostalgia piece. Meaning Critchloe's the gay Kansas City art punk that Lady Gaga only wishes she was.