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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Lou Barlow, Emoh (The indie rock idol proves why he was always the better songwriter in Sebadoh. Peaceful and lush indie-folk gems. Plus a cover of a RATT song. Almost too good to be true.)

2. Hot Chip, Coming On Strong (Imagine Air but without the gloss and a more stripped-down vibe. Now imagine it’s better than you expect.)

3. Saint Etienne, Travel Edition 1990-2005 (Wonderful best-of compilation from this essential part of the 90s trip-hop chill-out scene.)

4. Cruiserweight, Sweet Weaponry (Pop-punk goes emocore, maybe even “femocore” with this smart and sweet Texas quartet’s new disc.)

5. Kings of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak (Not as immediately catchy as their amazing debut, these Southern Strokes have delivered a more textured and epic sophomore album.)

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