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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Against Me!, New Wave
(Florida isn’t known for making great rock bands… but that hasn’t stopped Against Me! from releasing one of the most surprisingly inspiring emo albums in recent memory. Just when you thought “emo” was a joke, they remind you why this whole scene has some integrity left. Protest anthems get layered inside crunching guitars, screaming vocals, and a lot of hooks.)

2. Bang Gang, Something Wrong
(Icelandic band makes lounge indie-pop that could rival Zero 7 or even Royskopp. Good stuff, not to be missed by trip-hop/chill-out fans.)

3. Common, Finding Forever
(It’s still a wonder that Chicago’s amazing MC Common is still not a bigger star on the rap scene. His latest album, a super confection featuring Kanye, Lily Allen, and more… is a hip-hop opus to beat in August. I doubt anyone will, frankly.)

4. Lewis Taylor, The Lost Album
(U.K. pop master Lewis Taylor’s “lost” masterpiece sees the light of day. This came out several months ago in America, but if it’s waited this long, what’s a little more time? It’s really something special: an ode to the sounds of Todd Rundgren and Brian Wilson and ELO. But Taylor still makes his own stamp swing and soar over Brit-pop melody.)

5. Great Northern, Trading Twilight for Daylight
(California alt-rock that is way prettier than it has to be. Spacey and hefty in its guitar-based soundscapes. Party like it’s 1993.)

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