We pick out the week's best new music, so you don't have to.
Beach House - Bloom
People that like Beach House, really like Beach House, and it's easy to see why. It's lush, atmospheric, and kind of mushy -- the perfect combination for the hopeless romantic in your life. The single "Myth" (which would be right at home on the "Drive" soundtrack) is streaming on the band's website.
Best Coast - The Only Place
Surf-pop with a feminine touch, Best Coast bottled up the California sun and pressed it onto a CD in 2010's Crazy for You. In The Only Place, lead singer and songwriter Bethany Cosentino sticks with familiar territory -- the first single "The Only Place" is a loving paean to surf, sun, and babes.
mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
Philadelphia's mewithoutYou surprised fans with their last release, 2009's It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright,by shedding their iconic post-hardcore sound in favor of cheerful folk ballads, and they look to be continuing that trend on their upcoming release. According to the band's website, "Helmed by producer and friend of the band Daniel Smith (Sufjan Stevens) and mixed by Brad Wood, Ten Stories is an allegorical collection of songs that, at first listen, follows a winding narrative about a circus train crash in 19th century Montana." Check out the single "February, 1878" on Paste.
Tenacious D - Rize of the Fenix
After the regrettable flop of their feature film, 2006's "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny," the D lay dormant for several years. But the band has reunited in all of their operatic glory. As Jack Black sings in the new single, "The [expletive] D is back!"