Modest Mouse lands a Smith for the follow-up to its 2004 breakthrough, Joss Stone re-introduces herself with the help of Raphael Saadiq, three country vets pool their talents for a new album and Every

Indie hip-hop star El-P's "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" (Definitive Jux), featuring a collaboration with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor.

The second album from James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem project, "Sound of Silver" (DFA/Capitol).

A new album from reggae veteran Stephen Marley, "Mind Control" (Universal).

Indie rocker Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' latest album, "Living With the Living" (Touch & Go).

A collaborative self-titled project from bluegrass institution Ricky Skaggs and pianist Bruce Hornsby (Legacy), including a cover of Rick James' "Super Freak."

R&B vocalist Marques Houston's "Veteran" (Universal).

The solo debut from Shangri-La's vocalist Mary Weiss, "Dangerous Game" (Norton), with backing by garage rock outfit the Reigning Sound.

New hip-hop releases from the imprisoned C-Murder ("Screaming 4 Vengeance," Capitol) and Crime Mob ("Hated on Mostly," Reprise).

Minnesota-based indie rock trio Low's "Drums and Guns" (Sub Pop).

The Fat Possum debut from quirky indie singer/songwriter Andrew Bird, "Armchair Apocrypha."