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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime…

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime...

1. Young Heart Attack, Mouthful of Love (This group of Austin rockers is already massive in the UK, and they deserve the same kind of affection in their native country. Huge guitar riffs and salty vocals that pound harder and heavier and catchier than most debut albums should.)

2. Free Moral Agents, Everybody’s Favorite Weapon (Underground hip-hop merges with moody keyboards and a rough ‘n’ tumble indie mindset… from the keysman behind the arty Mars Volta.)

3. Nip/Tuck Original TV Soundtrack (The trashy soap opera yields a deliciously trashy soundtrack album that feels like a sunny afternoon and warm, late night in Miami. Worldbeat, trip-hop, and disco vibes abound.)

4. Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project (An impressive lineup of performers and producers, including the RZA and the X-ecutioners, rework the legendary classics of jazz great Charlie Parker. One of the best match-ups of jazz and hip-hop you’ll find all year.)

5. The Thrills, Live From South by Southwest (Okay, maybe I’m not unbiased about this release, but I actually did not particularly like The Thrills until I heard it. The Irish rock group’s country and California pop songwriting comes to life much better in a live setting, and this limited-edition new EP proves it. Great for summer roadtrip soundtracks.)

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