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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Mew, And the Glass Handed Kites
(A Danish rock band that oozes cool with thunderous guitar/keys production ala Mogwai, but cotton-soft vocals and harmonies, ala Sigur Ros. This is a delightfully weird but straightforward rock concept album, with breezy melodies that remind you of Jeremy Enigk or Ben Gibbard’s rainy-day pop. This could be the left-field Euro-rock record of the summer.)

2. Silversun Pickups, Carnavas
(An L.A. indie-rock band that matches fuzz with fun, and razor-sharp performance. Already darlings of the blogosphere, they’re worth catching if they stop by your town on their Fall club tour.)

3. Obie Trice, Second Round’s On Me
(One of Eminem’s many Detroit discoveries surprises with a strong sophomore LP. A few guests of note – 50 Cent, Em, Nate Dogg, Trey Songz – but some of the best tracks are the ones where he gets to play with an unforgettable flow and some very clever beats.)

4. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psycho Candy
(The Reid brothers have reissued some of the most memorable albums from their now defunct, but influential, Scottish shoegazing band. Psycho Candy stands among their greatest, given newly remastered quality to evoke the hiss and pounding guitars of seminal noise-rock.)

5. ScSI 9, The Line of Nine
(Russian minimalist techno babble, full of pristine beats and synthetic percussion. Perfect for any late-night or very, very early morning.)

– “Nausea” by Beck
(Beck returns with a single from his upcoming October release, The Information. It’s a space-rock/hip-hop jam like only he could make and like all his fans will love.)

– “Hustlin'” by Rick Ross
(The Miami rapper has finally unleashed his underground hit onto the mainstream, as its catchy refrain sends him on his way to hip-hop stardom.)

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