Music

Annabel Alpers - New Zealand's one-woman-and-her-computer act Bachelorette - is about to release her third record, My Electric Family. The album nicely lives up to the description that Alpers gives for herself on Bachelorette's MySpace page - it is indeed like she ''took too many mushrooms and fell in love with a computer.'' The opening guitars of the first track, ''Instructions for Insomniacs'' have a repetitive, almost hypnotic sound to them. It would seem that Bachelorette wants to soothe and lull the aforementioned insomniacs...

Well crafted and dreamy, Hush stands out and avoids cliché....

These Are Powers is impossibly hip and impossible to categorize....

The "Him" of She & Him returns to his solo roots with a stunning album....

Dance Mother is an avant-garde/hip-hop hybrid....

Distorted and groovy, Mirror Eye brings psychedelic up to date....

Sweet, but not too sweet....

A wannabe- badass rock band with soul....

Brooklyn's favorite power-pop-punk duo does it again....

There are some great tracks on Eleni Mandell's latest, but with a whopping 15 songs on this CD, you might find yourself hitting the "next" button to find 'em....