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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime (SXSW 2008 Edition)

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime (SXSW 2008 Edition)

1. Liam Finn, I’ll Be Lightning
(Finn is a Kiwi wonder to behold. This is one of those great one-man albums that sounds as if it was backed by a full orchestra. He takes a slice of his homeland – like his dad Neil Finn – but wraps it around heavy Lennon/McCartney influences and even some nu-folk ala Joseph Arthur. A great album that I predict we’re gonna hear often during 2008. Be there early, and see him at SXSW.)

2. The Whigs, Mission Control
(Earthy and heavy rock/pop that is at one moment totally organic and raw, but also totally calculated. A surprisingly great record, blending rock sounds we’ve heard before with new energy.)

3. The Raveonettes, Lust Lust Lust
(Fuzzy and buzzy duo return with more pop-art, Warhol styles. Drone and drone and drone away, this is a very fine album of blissed-out drug rock.)

4. Tift Merritt, Another Country
(The alt-country mainstay reins in the alt and the country for a more focused pop record. Delightful and infectious, with a voice from heaven.)

5. Beach House, Devotion
(Okay, not playing SXSW this year but I still had to include this great new album from the Baltimore-based dream pop duo. They build on the promise of their debut with more elegant and ethereal anthems.)

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