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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Band of Bees, Free The Bees
(The sound of garage rock, Brit-invasion pop done proper. Not only does the songwriting sound like The Kinks, but it feels as though it was recorded with the same microphones and amps. The textures are real and vintage and the sound is impossibly catchy. Great for fans of The Soundtrack of Our Lives and The Beta Band.)

2. Telepopmusik, Angel Milk
(An immaculate trip-hop opus, perfect for anyone that wished Bjork or Massive Attack still released pop records. Gorgeous.)

3. Leela James, A Change Is Gonna Come
(Nu-soul blended with folk. James is a force, someone who can segue between party jams and contemplative ballads. Macy Gray would kill to create R&B soul this dynamic.)

4. Engineers, Engineers
(What the new Coldplay record should have been. Dream pop can either be a snore, or transcend your speakers. This rises above clouds of somber melody to make beautiful, sonic walls of Euro-rock.)

5. Team Sleep, Team Sleep
(Chino from noise-metal act The Deftones finally unleashes his experimental side project. Featuring guest spots from Mary Timony and Pinback’s Rob Crow, this is where metal and mope co-exist. Some moments rock your ears off, and others, will serve as a nice summertime lullaby.)

– “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott
(A toxic combo of video-game dance beats and rough rap flow on Missy’s new single. If you can’t get people on the dancefloor with this, you’re at the wrong party.)

– “Oh, Sweetheart” by Shout Out Louds
(Billy Bragg, late-night at some pub, is the sound of this folky Scandinavian rock sing-along.)

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