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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Grates, Gravity Won’t Get You High
(For all those Sleater-Kinney fans mourning the loss of a great band, this Australian trio may be what you’re looking for. On an astonishingly catchy major-label debut, they pack a wallop of melody inside a raggedy-ann package.)

2. Kelis, Kelis Was Here
(The artist also known as Nas’ wife comes back from bringing the “milkshake,” to unleash a strong collection of R&B/rap/soul anthems. No help from the Neptunes this time out, but just as much imagination.)

3. Brothers and Sisters, Brothers and Sisters
(I’ve tried, but I cannot stop playing this album. This Austin-based collective brings the sunny California pop-meets-Americana country sound to life. It’s warm and unforgettable. Run, don’t walk, to check this out.)

4. Jay Dee/J-Dilla, The Shining
(A noble and masterful tribute to a hip-hop genius gone before his time. Lost recently to lupus, J-Dilla’s last sonic collaboration with folks such as Common and Blackthought, is an undergound sound of what rap can be when it’s done right.)

5. Nouvelle Vague, Bande A’Part
(As cinematic and as French as the album’s title suggests, this latest collection of pop covers get a lounge translation. Among the whimsical highlights: softcore retellings of “Killing Moon,” “Pride In the Name of Love,” and “Heart of Glass.”)

– “All the Time” by IV Thieves
(This barn-burning pub anthem from English-blues rockers, formerly known as “Nic Armstrong and the Thieves,” is reason enough to tap your feet, sing along, and get their upcoming sophomore disc.)

– “Money Maker'” by Ludacris, featuring Pharrell
(He may have a few movie roles under his belt since the last album, but ATL’s wildly talented MC Luda drops a monster of a new single.)

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