Randy Newman Songbook. This three-volume set spans the career of the mordant Los Angeles songwriter and film composer, with stripped-down solo piano versions of satiric and sorrowful masterworks such as "Political Science," "Baltimore," and "Davy the Fat Boy." On Nonesuch Records.
Boytoy. Brooklyn foursome fronted by Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke, whose 2015 recorded-in-Philly album Grackle was an indie garage-rock winner. With Weekender, Cloakz, and Grayling. Tuesday at Bourbon & Branch.
The Washington Squares, Monsters of Folk, Vol. 1. Not to be confused with Conor Oberst and Jim James' supergroup Monsters of Folk, this is the first of three reissues of live cuts and rarities by the Washington Squares, the '80s New York neo-beatnik band that freshened up the Greenwich Village sounds of a bygone era. Available at WashingtonSquares.com.
Song Exploder. Hrishikesh Hirway's excellent podcast breaks down the composition and construction of one song per episode with the musical creators. Recent guests include Mitski, DJ Shadow, Wilco, Andra Day, and Angel Olsen. SongExploder.net.
Greg Brown. Iowa folkie with dynamic vocal range whose most recent album, 2013's Hymns to What's Left, was an acoustic hoedown aided by the assistance of wife Iris DeMent and daughter Pieta Brown. Thursday at World Cafe Live.