The horror-loving rap-rock outfit Hollywood Undead previews January's Notes From the Underground with We Are, an anthem for disenfranchised youth. A brutally captivating chorus wraps desolation and desperation into the lyrics "We are made from broken parts ... we are broken from the start." It's self-destructive and cathartic. -- Brian Mansfield
USA TODAY music critic Elysa Gardner highlights 10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening.
Pain Killa, Imani Coppola. Coppola returns this week with The Glass Wall, featuring this red-hot, industrial-tinged gem (and sly peace anthem).
Lead Me On,Lindi Ortega. Ortega's tremulous, sweetly ragged soprano makes desperation sound sumptuous on this track from Cigarettes & Truckstops.
The Woman of My Dreams, The Time Jumpers. Vince Gill, a new member of the virtuosic Western swing/country outfit, wrote and sings lead on this tautly plaintive number from its eponymous album.
King James Rag, Jason Collett. The thoughtful troubadour shows his playful side on this crackling cut from his eclectic, engaging new collection, Reckon.
Suzanne, Meshell Ndegeocello. On her Nina Simone tribute Pour Une Ame Souveraine, Ndegeocello puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the Leonard Cohen favorite.
Love for Sale, Elizabeth Shepherd. The jazz singer/songwriter brings a soulful coolness to the Cole Porter standard on Rewind.
Sorry Grateful, Brian Stokes Mitchell. Stokes Mitchell wields his mighty baritone with witty, poignant discretion on a bare-bones reading of the Sondheim ballad, on Simply Broadway.
Soliloquy, John Raitt. Raitt's rendition from the 1965 Lincoln Center recording of Carousel is on the new box set Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Complete Broadway Musicals.
What Is Love, Duncan Sheik. A shimmering, vaguely spooky new mix of Sheik's take on Howard Jones' luscious 1983 hit is a highlight of Covers '80s Remixed.
In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel. Gabriel's exquisite single, another '80s classic, is now available on a 25th anniversary box-set edition of So.