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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Rogue Wave, Descended Like Vultures
(This Bay Area indie rock band exceeds any expectations that their last, mediocre album may have created. They turn it up, add some fuzz, and craft an album somewhere between The Shins and Broken Social Scene.)

2. Harvey Danger, Little by Little
(These Seattle boys follow the Nada Surf rule of making a terrific album after you’ve written them off as a novelty one-hit wonder. This instantly catchy collection, available with an impressive bonus disc, will have the sweater and tweed set ready to sweat. “Little Round Mirrors” is the kind of college-rock classic Death Cab For Cutie needed in 2005.)

3. Floetry, Flo’Ology
(These London ladies make the best Philly soul with an eye across the Atlantic. Not as sturdy as their debut, this sophomore disc is still an R&B burner, with a nice guest spot by Common.)

4. Bettye LaVette, I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise
(This forgotten soul legend gets the comeback treatment with this dusty and hot new album. Joe Henry produces old favorites by Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams, Sinead O’Connor, and more… but performed with the kind of five-alarm wail only a real talent can deliver.)

5. The Black Angels, The Black Angels (EP)
(This EP of four songs from one of Austin’s most exciting new indie-rock bands is the ultimate tease. By the time the four tunes are over, you’ll be ready for some more from this garage rock quintet.)

BONUS TRACK:

“Everything is Talking” by The Long Winters
(This 6-song preface to the group’s 2006 release features some winners, but the biggest is this futuristic bop dedicated to new technology. Original, textural, and witty. Just what this band has done best for years.)

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