American Authors "Oh, What a Life (Album): The EP's been around for a while and you seemingly can't escape "Best Day Of My Life" but there's a lot more than those four songs with American Authors. The non single tracks from the EP were great and the same goes for the album. This is an easy pick for album of the week. You should go listen to it now, it's great.
Fuel "Puppet Strings" (Album): This Fuel record is Brett Scallions' show. That's going to leave the old fan base divided. The songs aren't bad, but they're different. In some ways they're a lot different. Give Brett Scallions a ton of credit for being fearless with his shot to lead Fuel on a new record.
Coldplay "Magic" (Single): Coldplay announced a new album this week. It's called Ghost Stories and it's due out in May. To go along with that announcement the band released a new single called Magic. Mylo Xyloto was a bright and energetic record. From what we've heard of Ghost Stories with Magic, the new album will be the opposite. Coldplay has been at their best with layers and layers: Magic is simple and implements a lot of space. The single is brand new so it's too soon to pass permanent judgement, but an early prediction is that a second single will find it's way out at the end of April.
Elbow "The Take Off and Landing of Everything" (Album): Let's Build a Rocket Boys was a cool album from Elbow that followed up the eternally depressing The Seldom Seen Kid. The new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything has the same pattern of awkward album names from Elbow but some of their best music too. "New York Morning" is terrific and so's the rest of this album.
RAC "Strangers, Pt. I" (EP): Not Rent-a-Center, it's Remix Artist Collective. A collaboration between international mix artists reinterpreting songs. There's been different members in and out of RAC since it's started but it's mostly been André Allen Anjos. Strangers has some cool collaborations and you'll want to at least listen to it.
Wake Owl "The Private World of Paradise" (Album) Wake Owl makes some great indie pop. Their debut, the "Wild Country" EP, was a great release last year and the album should be just as good.
Eric Hassle "Somebody's Party" (EP): Another Swede! Hassle has made some amazing music in the past. My personal favorites were "Don't Bring Flowers" and "Hurtful" off of his debut album Hassle. He's released two albums since that debut and they're both decent. His new EP follows that same path.
Ume "Monuments" (Album): Ume is badass. No matter what you say. Lauren Larson fronts the band with power and passion. Larson melts faces on guitar and Ume makes some badass music.