Heartbreak warfare: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — but it can make for an amazing album. Kate Nash sings about cheating and breakups on her latest album My Best Friend Is You. Not that the tracks don't have lighter moments, like on the clap-happy "Paris" or "Do-Wah-Doo" which masks jealousy in a retro, 60s girl group package. In the more upfront "Mansion Song," the singer drops the act with a beat-poetry style rant (with the obligatory f-word used repeatedly for effect). Someone obviously hurt Nash's feelings, but luckily, we reap the benefits.
The future's bright: Rev up the DeLorean. Apples in Stereo brings us into the future of electro-pop with Travellers in Space and Time, an energetic album full of tracks that are easily to bop and toe-tap along to. The nerdy and math-obsessed lead singer Robert Schneider sounds as uniquely high-pitched as ever, as the boys play around with noise (did I even hear cowbell?) like they got their hands on a Casio's keystrokes. The result is completely fun, so be sure to check out "Dance Floor" — that's the one with the video with Elijah Wood — and "Hey Elevator."
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A love letter: After the death of his mom to cancer, Rufus Wainwright has given us All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, a melancholy collection of piano ballads that feel stripped-down, and yet somehow theatrical. In fact, he takes on the bard of theater by recreating three of Shakespeare's sonnets (43, 20, and 10) as separate songs. On "Martha," he gives us a musical version of a voicemail message to his sister as his mother's sickness worsens. It's an incredibly moving, standout track. Download it along with "Who Are You New York?"