Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new this week in music

Ever wonder what people with long driveways do with all that snow in the city?

Fill the patio and backyard.

This week, music is all over the map. We've got the heavy hitters:

Morrissey with Satellites of Love, Beck's single Blue MoonBroken Bells released "After the Disco," Gaslight Anthem, B-Sides and David Crosby, Croz also out this week. What else could you want?

How about some world music?

Angelique Kidjo, Eve

Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Soy Lo Que Quiero... Indispensable

A mix of odd country?

More of a pop country, check out Travis Caudle, It's Just You

Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here

Perhaps you need a little rap with your country? Gangstagrass, Broken Hearts & Stolen Money

A little retro feel to it?

Morgan Delt, Morgan Delt

Quilt, Held in Splendor

Night Sun, No Pressure

Doug Tuttle, Doug Tuttle

Girls Making Music

Habibi, Habibi

The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage


Eleni Mandell, Let's Fly A Kite

Helen & the Horns, Footsteps at my Door

Fulhast, Broken

Also out this week...

Hospitality, Trouble

The Autumn Defense, Fifth - It's kind of a dreamier Dawes? Or at least I think that's what my handwriting says... Check out "Calling Your Name" and "Things on my Mind" for a taste.

The Farewell Drifters, Tomorrow Forever - Avett Brothers + Mumford & Sons + a little Son Volt. Try "Tennessee Girl" on for size.

Proviant Audio, Drift Days & Disco Nights for a little electronic music.

Albert Hammond, Jr., AHJ -  I really dig the second track on this

The Districts, Districts

Iain Matthews, Art of Obscurity

Pontiak, Innocence - Punch the cold in the face with this rock.

Tara Jane O'Neil, Where Shine New Lights

Still on the To Listen List:

Peggy Sue, Choir of Echoes; Sleepy Sun, Maui Tears; Leif Vollebekk, North Americana; The Lawrence Arms, Metropole; It is Rain In My Face, Bumrush Day; I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro; Holy Wave, Relax; Gorefield, As Dawn Bleeds the Sky; Gem Club, In Roses; Farewell Dear Ghost, We Colour the Night; and Dum Dum Girls, Too True.

Time for me to take down the Christmas and put up the Valentine's decor since it's the end of January and I finally received my last Christmas presents yesterday - my swag from 99% Invisible's kickstarter arrived. If Ira Glass (This American Life) is my NPR crush, Roman Mars (99% Invisible) is my NPR best friend and The Dinner Party Download guys are the cool friends I hang out with on the weekends. If you haven't listened to 99% Invisible or The Dinner Party Download, you're missing out. Happy Weekend!

Friday Refrain is a weekly post regarding what new releases have caught my ear for the week. I try to compile a pretty comprehensive list of pop/rock releases of the week and see what is available for me to listen to on the web. This is just my non-scientific, highly-subjective, randomly-listened-to list of stuff I enjoyed from the week. Oh, and I don’t always listen to lyrics or look at album art/music videos, so appropriateness is left up to the listener.