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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Ark, State of the Ark
(A Swedish rock act that blends Erasure and ABBA, but with less dance and more punk. Men who sing so high, you’d think they were girls and melodies so simply catchy, you’d think they were ancient.)

2. Placebo, Meds
(The huge-in-the-UK band of American glam-rockers unleash their latest set of new-wave dysfunction. The title of the record alone should indicate that this is sad music for people who still wanna go out and dance.)

3. Boy Least Likely To, The Best Party Ever
(Already out in Europe, here’s a group with music as clever as their name. Deceptively lush, the songs could fit as easily in a middle school choir as they do on an indie-rock stage. They put on a smashing SXSW show this year.)

4. Songs of Green Pheasant, Songs of Green Pheasant
(Dense, dark, and very pretty… this English band’s debut was released late last year but never went anywhere. I recently stumbled upon it when Waterloo Records had it playing over the PA system. It hits you like a scary lullaby that you wanna hear every night. Nick Drake and My Bloody Valentine influences, for sure.)

5. The Black Angels, Passover
(This Austin fuzz-rock collective is one of the few new buzz bands managing equal amounts of homage to both The Doors and The Velvet Underground, without sounding completely redundant. Who needs The Strokes anymore when you have a co-ed art-rock band this comfortable in its own skin?)

BONUS TRACKS:
– “Temperature” by Sean Paul
(This is a massive Top 40 hit, and one listen will show you why. It’s a single that showcases the massive artistic and commercial potential of the “reggaeton” movement in pop music. A summer anthem that will probably still ring in your ears in June.)

– “This Isn’t It” by Giant Drag
(Finally getting a little love, Dustin Smith’s favorite indie-rock duo keeps hope alive with the best Tegan & Sara song that Tegan & Sara never wrote. Maybe Jack White will cover this too, if he’s smart.)

– “What You Know” by T.I.
(The ATL star makes good on the promise of his breakthrough single, “Rubberband Man.” The latest from his new album is one of the best ways today to break in those new speakers… or sneakers.)

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