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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Now It’s Overhead, Dark Light Daybreak
(These Nebraska indie-poppers run the risk of not being a secret any longer with their latest, an enjoyable and rock-driven opus that blends trippy soundscapes with aggressive emocore leanings. They’ve stepped out of the Conor Oberst shadow this time around, and it sounds lovely.)

2. Chad VanGaalen, Skelliconnection
(Canadian college-radio fave makes a splash with this eclectic collection of folk-pop, punk-rock, and noisy blips. At his best moments, he’s a one-man Arcade Fire.)

3. Scissor Sisters, Ta-Dah
(On the glam/dance group’s second LP, they lose some of their art-school trappings in favor of a more polished sound. You’ll miss the art-rock, but there’s plenty of instantly catchy dance-pop to keep you running with Scissors for longer than you’d expect.)

4. Ludacris, Release Therapy
(After some acclaimed film roles, Luda has matured… and his new album shows. Gone are the notoriously carefree rhymes. It’s a mixed bag, but even for Ludacris, that’s still pretty good.)

5. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
(Dylan delivers his latest masterwork, a confident and rollicking ride through honkytonk blues and perfect craftsmanship.)

– “Lithium” by The Polyphonic Spree
(On the Dallas psych-rock, mega-band’s new Wait EP, there are some exciting cover songs and a couple of new tunes. The nicest surprise may be their cover of this classic Nirvana song, where the Spree turns it into a symphonic/choral experience worth catching.)

– “Dirty Whirlwind'” by TV on the Radio
(Easily the best song on a terrific new album, TV on the Radio create a moody explosion of gospel/punk/funk. It’s as anthemic as a dirty-club song could be.)

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