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Vocalist Blake Hazard sounds conflicted in this softly romantic offering from Los Angeles indie-rock act the Submarines’ second full-length album, “Honeysuckle Weeks.” On the one hand, she sings that “heavy is the mind that can’t be told when it’s time to let it go.” On the other? “But when you kiss me in ways I’ve forgotten, love is a swimming pool with no bottom.”

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Herrmann’s final score before his death is one of his finest. Herrmann’s objective was to create a dark, sleazy sound to go along with Robert De Niro’s Travis as he drove through and became disgusted by the streets of New York. Every sound builds upon Travis’ disenchantment, leading to a shocking conclusion.

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The veteran singer, songwriter and actor Loudon Wainwright is best known for his insightful, painfully honest folk-based songs. Rather than update his sound for millennials, “I’d Rather Lead a Band” travels back to Wainwright’s big-band-era youth.

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The legendary synth-pop act, best known for the ’80s smashes “West End Girls,” “It’s a Sin” and (best of all) “Always on My Mind,” sounds pretty strong on its 14th studio album. There are several high-energy dance-floor numbers, but Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe actually deliver their best work on the slower/mid-tempo cuts.

Some early birds will cheerfully tell you about how much they accomplish before 7 o’clock—a workout, answering emails, a load of dishes, a homemade breakfast. For those who are night owls, hitting the snooze button ten times is the only thing that happens before the sun rises. If you struggle to drag yourself out of bed even after a full night of sleep, these clever alarm clocks for the morning-challenged can help.

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St. Vincent's fifth album, full of electro pop, glam rock and techno sounds, is an adventurous album that deserves to be heard by the masses. Even when she slows things down — like on "New York" and the excellent "Happy Birthday, Johnny" — she's just as alluring.

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The Pixie-Bob may sound like a tiny cat, but this silky-soft breed grows to weigh about 17 pounds as an adult.

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Kraftwerk became eligible for induction in 1995. This is the band's fourth nomination.

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Flying high in a lawn chair fitted boosted aloft with helium balloons sound like fun? The hard part is getting down, but a shotgun comes in handy.

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