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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Black Kids, Wizard of Ahhhs EP
(Meet the biggest indie-blog buzz band of the month. They don’t even have an official Web site. You can listen to their only four released songs, entirely on their MySpace page. They are receiving a rabid following via a grassroots outreach and memorable live performances. And, they are a killer band. It sounds like The Cure getting into a bar brawl with The Arcade Fire. Who wins? All of us.)

2. Underworld, Oblivion With Bells
(The U.K.’s darkest, most intoxicating dance duo returns after a five-year hiatus with their latest. A moody and gloomy array of trancey beats and acidic vocals, make this another winner for them.)

3. Kevin Michael, Kevin Michael
(He sings like Prince on his best days, with beats and arrangements that challenge even Justin Timberlake. A great party disc, or just enough hooks to rip some sun through your autumn clouds.)

4. Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
(Amazingly, over 10 years into their existence, the Foo Fighters still pack a ton of bricks behind Dave Grohl’s sharp songwriting. They may have a formula with little room for experimenting, but this latest album of rock chargers and acoustic burners, proves that they are so much more than a novelty side project.)

5. Bat For Lashes, Fur and Gold
(Possibly only for fans of Bjork, Tori Amos, Joanna Newsom, or PJ Harvey. But, hey, that still makes this British siren a bonafide talent. Creepy and cryptic songs, with haunting vocals and melodies lurking underneath the shadows.)

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