Every so often, we ask a panel of public radio’s music experts to share their favorite new songs. This week, we feature picks from KCRW‘s Anne Litt, WNYC’s Soundcheck host John Schaefer, FolkAlley.com‘s Kim Ruehl, KUTX‘s David Brown and our own Frannie Kelley, one of the hosts of NPR Music Radio’s Microphone Check.
The music ranges from a wrenching confessional to unapologetic braggadocio, with a little mbira thrown in. If you like what you hear, go ahead and download them. They’re yours to keep.