BLEACHED, Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? (Dead Oceans): ***

Frontwoman Jennifer Clavin and guitarist Jessie Clavin’s sibling bond is palpable, and part of the Go-Go’s-reminiscent fun. Produced by Vampire Weekend engineer Shane Stoneback, it’s the punky pop-rockers’ first album created in sobriety; their thumping beats, thrumming guitars and bright harmonies celebrate living with self-aware clarity and no regrets about their personal reckonings. Catchy standouts include “Silly Girl” (“Time for growing up, don’t you think you’ve had enough”), “Valley to LA” and the infectious “Heartbeat Away” (“Let the ocean fight for the waves/ It’s stay alive or suicide”). At Lodge Room Highland Park Saturday, Oct. 12.

TINARIWEN, Amadjar (Epitaph): ****½

Recorded in Mauritania’s desert bordering their native Mali with Noura Mint Seymali and husband/guitarist Jeiche Ould Chigaly, this inviting set presents the Tuareg rockers in the kind of open, natural environment that forged their trailblazing sound. Added acoustic tracks from Bad Seeds violinist Warren Ellis, mandolinist/charango player Micah Nelson and Cass McCombs, among others, brighten the communal vibe. But the music’s undeniable soul smolders in bandleader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s mournful gravitas and hypnotic guitar grooves, the collective’s call-and-response vocals, handclap percussion, and weighty themes of exile. Highlights: “Madjam Mahilkamen,” “Takount,” the playful “Taqkal Tarha” and haunting “Iklam Dglour.” At the Mayan in Downtown LA with Lonnie Holley Sunday, Oct. 13.


(True North): ***

The prolific Canadian songwriter’s latest outing benefits from engaging melodies and the warm immediacy of a friend whose stories leave listeners curious for more. Joyful opener “Mother” and wry folk-rocker “Deeper Well” (“Some of my friends have disappeared/ Knowing some of my friends it’s just as well”) launch a statement-making set that mines hope and gratitude from loss. Highlights: “Hey Hey!” (honoring late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie), “Nobody Alive,” the Lanois-esque “Leonard Cohen (Is Dead).” At the Mint in LA Sunday, Oct. 13.

ANGEL OLSEN, All Mirrors

(Jagjaguwar): ****

The stylistic chameleon’s rock plaints remain dramatic as ever throughout her fourth album, but Olsen and co-producer John Congleton’s decision to introduce orchestral strings was inspired; they expand the synth-heavy music’s atmospheric beauty. “Twin Peaks” is an evident sonic influence; so are Brian Eno, ’60s soundtracks and girl-group pop. Songs toggle between romance’s emotional urgency (“Gonna be your breath when you’re out of life,” Olsen vows during the octave-spanning “New Love Cassette”) and a fascination with surfaces and the bass-thudding reality behind illusions in a reverberant, cathartically alluring otherworld. Highlights: “Lark,” the magnetic title track.