The British space rock band Spiritualized, American roots rockers Counting Crows, and a number of indie artists lead this week's pack of musicians offering free streaming albums. Led by Jason Pierce (who often goes by the name J. Spaceman, and is the only constant member of the band from year to year), Spiritualized is back with its first album since 2008's "Songs in A&E," which came out after Pierce recovered from a near-death experience that had him hospitalized for some time.
Video for "Passenger" by Emily Wells.
And Counting Crows are back with their covers album, which features Adam Duritz and band performing songs by everyone from Teenage Fanclub to The Faces, Pure Prairie League, and Fairport Convention, as well as contemporary bands Dawes and Travis.
Besides the Spiritualized and Counting Crows releases, you'll find new albums from classically trained singer-songwriter-producer Emily Wells (see video for "Passenger" above), singer-songwriter Lissy Trullie, Canadian indie-pop duo Imaginary Cities, and Portland, Oregon folk-indie outfit Horse Feathers (not to be confused with Dinosaur Feathers, Brooklyn's purveyors of catchy hook-laden pop, who also have a new album up for preview this week).
Also, you can get a second chance to preview the new albums by M. Ward and Alabama Shakes, which were streaming at NPR Music last week.
NPR First Listen:
"Sweet Heart Sweet Light" by Spiritualized
"Cynic's New Year" by Horse Feathers
Spinner.com's Listening Party:
"A Wasteland Companion" by M. Ward
"Boys and Girls" by Alabama Shakes
"Lissy Trullie" by Lissy Trullie
"Whistle Tips" by Dinosaur Feathers
"Temporary Resident" by Imaginary Cities
"Mama" by Emily Wells
"Sweeten the Distance" by Neal Casal
"Salt" by Hoots & Hellmouth
AOL Music Listening Party:
"Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) by Counting Crows
"Thick as Thieves" by Cavo
"Bloodlines" by Tallhart
"Fix This!!!" by Paul Barker