Who: Kelis, back to R&B after a few years as a muse to dance producers
What: Food, her first album on the indie label Ninja Tune
When: April 22
Why We're Excited: Produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, the album is steeped in the kind of clanging soul and funk you might hear played in the park on a summer day. But the star is Kelis' throaty, sometimes ragged vocals, which bring these songs a certain authority.