Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

Aly & AJ extend their brand and toughen up their sound, Smashing Pumpkins are reborn after a seven-year hiatus, Spoon keeps on growing alongside its indie label partner and Interpol doesn't stray

The first new studio album in 14 years from Australian rock outfit Crowded House, "Time on Earth" (ATO).

A new album from veteran rock duo They Might Be Giants, "The Else" (Idlewild/Rounder).

Of-the-moment producer Mark Ronson's "Version" (RCA), with guest turns from Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.

Gypsy rock outfit Gogol Bordello's "Super Taranta" (Side One Dummy).

A two-disc set of rare tracks from late U.K. singer/songwriter Nick Drake, "Family Tree" (Tsnuami Label Group).

The Sub Pop debut from comedian Patton Oswalt, "Werewolves and Lollipops."

New albums from punk acts both new (Against Me, "New Wave," Sire) and old (Bad Religion, "New Maps of Hell," Epitaph).

German electronica artist Ulrich Schnauss' "Goodbye" (Domino).

The latest New West releases from former Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell ("Sirens of the Ditch") and the reunited Buffalo Tom ("Three Easy Pieces").

New York-based singer/songwriter Jesse Harris' "Feel" (Velour).