TERRY ALLEN & THE PANHANDLE MYSTERY BAND, Pedal Steal + Four Corners  (Paradise of Bachelors): ****

The idiosyncratic Texas songwriter and visual artist’s music pairs with Sam Shepard plays like lime goes with tequila; but the noir-ish radio plays comprising his “Four Corners” suite — 1986’s Vietnam-set horror tale “Torso,” 1990’s “Bleeder,” 1992’s “Reunion (A Return to Juarez)” and 1993’s “Dugout” — are Allen’s own. Originally broadcast on NPR, they’re finally released here (1985’s “Pedal Steal,” previously issued by Sugar Hill, was composed for a dance production). They’re animated by Allen’s mordant wit, dusty twang, scenic songs, kleptomaniac cattle queens, suicidal musicians, migrants, conmen, pill poppers, prostitutes, wayward sailors, and players including Butch Hancock, Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, and inestimable narrator (and 1960s-era KPCC host) Jo Harvey Allen. Poetic aphorisms abound (“All good luck has death in it”) in this two-and-a-half hour package, and it’s all pungently, beautifully weird. terryallen.bandcamp.com, terryallenartmusic.com

IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE, Doko Mien (Merge): ***½

An infectious pick-me-up from the adventurous London-based octet that crosswires electropop, West African highlife, disco and pop. Nigerian-raised frontwoman Eno Williams brings in more English lyrics than were heard on 2017’s “Uyai,” and the synth-heavy, polyrhythmic groove of tracks such as “I Need You to Be Sweet Like Sugar (Nnge Nte Suka)” and especially “Wanna Come Down” is magnetic. Other highlights: “I Know That You’re Thinking About Me,” “She Work Very Hard,” dreamy ballad “Guess We Found a Way.” ibibiosoundmachine.com

THE SH-BOOMS, The Blurred Odyssey (Limited Fanfare): ***

“Sleep when you’re dead” could be a mantra of these gritty Orlando soul-rockers and the hard-charging characters of standout tracks like the “Shaft”-saluting “Leon the Hustle” and “Detox to Retox.” Aspiration’s a recurring theme, trumpeted with fiery brio by frontwoman Brenda Radney; would that she was given more opportunity for old-school wailing like “Audible” and the magnetic “Walk It Off” (“Let me start to spread my wings”). RIYL St. Paul & the Broken Bones, the Suffers. theshbooms.com

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE, Sharing the Covers (Yep Roc): ***

The versatile North Carolina string band doesn’t reinvent but instead inhabits 13 familiar tunes in ways evidencing respect for and occasionally the influence of the original composers (including Beck, the Rolling Stones, the Stanley Brothers, the Ventures, and Wilco). Woolly harmonies extend the melancholy of John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels”; the suavity of James Hunter’s “People Gonna Talk” is similarly mellowed, while bluegrass chops drive Leo Kottke’s “Bumblebee” harder. Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels” best fits their independent spirit. chathamcountyline.com