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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals
(One of the nicest surprises of the year is this indie-rock debut from a collective of NYC musicians, working on compositions as if they’re etching stone. Layers and patience are all over this exciting record, with waves of melody and walls of percussion reinforcing some sort of infection.)

2. West Indian Girl, 4th & Wall
(A California psych-pop epic that mixes worldbeat with acid rock. Kinda like Jane’s Addiction, if Perry Farrell had been given a full chance to truly let his freak flag fly.)

3. Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala
(Acclaimed Swedish songsmith broadens his horizons, and his sound, for a tart and taut journey through love lost and love losing. Sweeping strings and cabaret crooning, without all the sugar filling.)

4. Les Savy Fav, Let’s Stay Friends
(Brooklyn indie-rockers marry the fits/starts of garage rock with the expansive exploration of beats and echoes. A fuller record than you’d expect. A better record than you’d predict.)

5. Manu Chao, La Radiolina
(The Spanish acoustic-rocker’s first studio album in nearly a decade is a hard-charging and catchy blend of politics and romance. It’s an album of anthems for your car, the gym, or the picket line.)

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