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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, So Familiar (Rounder, $15.98) – In 2013, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell collaborated on a wonderful album, Love Has Come For You. Brickell wrote the lyrics and sang, Martin co-wrote the music and played banjo, fronting the Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass group he’s been playing and touring with the last few years.  Their new album, So Familiar, has an even lusher sound (courtesy of a string section), and contains some songs from Martin and Brickell’s new musical, Bright Star. The musical (“a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s”) is coming to the Kennedy Center in December, then heading to Broadway in the spring.

NOTE: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s Bright Star, will run at the Kennedy Center from December 2 to January 10.

Kim Kashkashian, Sarah Rothenberg, et al, Rothko Chapel: Feldman Satie Cage (ECM Records, $18.98) – The centerpiece of the album is Morton Feldman title piece, inspired by the Rothko Chapel in Houston, which opened in 1971. The piece is for soprano, alto, choir (all members of the Houston Chamber Choir), percussion (Steven Schick), celesta (Sarah Rothenberg) and viola (Kim Kashkashian). The rest of the album juxtaposes Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes and John Cage’s Inner Landscape (played by Ms. Rothenberg), with the Choir singing Cage’s Four, and Five.

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Song of Songs: Lang Berio Olivero (Louth Contemporary Music, $18.98) – The Irish arts organization, Louth Contemporary Music Society, has released several creative CDs of new music. Song of Songs features the vocalists of Trio Mediaeval performing in two world premiere recordings: David Lang’s Just (After Song of Songs) for vocal trio, viola, cello and percussion, and Betty Olivero’s En La Mar Hai Una Torre, for the same ensemble with the addition of harp. They bookend the third piece on the album, Luciano Berio’s Naturale, for viola (Garth Knox) and percussion and tape (Sylvain Lemêtre).

Laurie Anderson, Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch, $16.98) – Laurie Anderson—singer, writer, violinist, performance artist—is above all a storyteller, mixing the personal with the philosophical, the political, the spiritual, and the everyday surreal. She just performed her installation about Guantánamo, Habeas Corpus, at  New York’s Park Avenue Armory. She also has an essay-film which just premiered in New York, Heart of a Dog—a meditation on life and loss centered on her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. The soundtrack of the album includes songs and stories, wistful and powerful. (Read Alex Ross’s article about both projects in the New Yorker.)