Staind expands its horizons both musically and promotionally, David Byrne and Brian Eno team up for their first album in 27 years, Shwayze enjoys an MTV-fueled buzz and Amy Macondald aims for Statesid


Rapper Ice Cube's "Raw Footage" (Lench Mob).

New albums from veteran alternative rock acts Stereolab ("Chemical Chords," 4AD), Toadies ("No Deliverance," Kirtland), the Dandy Warhols ("Earth to the Dandy Warhols," World's Fair) and Juliana Hatfield ("Home To Walk Away," Ye Olde Records).

A host of previously unreleased duets from country legend George Jones, "Burn Your Playhouse Down" (Bandit).

Veteran singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III's "Recovery" (Yep Roc).

A new album from the Academy Is..., "Fast Times at Barrington High" (Atlantic).

Rock outfit the Walkmen's "You & Me" (Gigantic).

Swedish songwriter Lykke Li's "Youth Novels" (Atlantic).