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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Little Willies, The Littles Willies
(Norah Jones starts a country/western band and pays homage to Willie Nelson, among others. And, guess what, she does a pretty good job at it. The result is brisk and sunny country with a jazz inflection.)

2. Figurines, Skeleton
(Danish rockers with an infatuation with Built to Spill and Modest Mouse. May be the catchiest slice of American suburbia indie-pop, that isn’t from America.)

3. Anthony Hamilton, Ain’t Nobody Worryin’
(Nu-soul talent machine unveils a set of songs even stronger than his airtight debut.)

4. The Paper South, The Paper South
(Full disclosure: I have two friends in this band. But, it takes a lot more than just that for me to recommend something. Imagine a world where Red House Painters and Nada Surf could rip open indie melodies both quiet and loud. That is the sound of this new Austin band’s debut EP.)

5. Stereolab, Fab Four Suture
(Maybe this band hasn’t changed its sound in, well, forever. Nevertheless, if you need a blissful blend of Europop and loungey rock, their new album couldn’t be done by anyone better.)

BONUS TRACKS:

– “Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” by The Flaming Lips
(The first track from their April release gets things off to an explosion of trancey refrain and launches into lots of pyschedelic pop. A great start to a strong record.)

– “Finally Free” by Clearlake
(In the mix of Brit-rock, a thunderous and incredibly catchy song emerges. You won’t forget it.)

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