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Four New Albums Worth Your Dime

Four New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Devin The Dude, Landing Gear
(This weed-obsessed Houston MC drops a new album that is refreshingly calm. The beats are easy and his rhymes are always clever. A few guest spots sprinkled around, but Devin’s skillful way of marrying production with lyrics, rises above the common rap records.)

2. Department of Eagles, In Ear Park
(Featuring members of Grizzly Bear, this feels bigger and better than a mere “side project.” The melodies are lush and the arrangements are intricate. There’s a throwback quality, recalling Richard Swift or Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.)

3. Annuals, Such Fun
(North Carolina stormers follow up their brilliant debut LP with a more polished and studio-friendly sound. It may not pack the same punch, but it’s still a blissful trip.)

4. David Bowie, Live in Santa Monica ’72
(This long-cherished Bowie bootleg finally got the official release a few months ago, but I just happened up it recently. This captures the man and the myth during the height of his pop/glam peak. It’s a rousing document of his power as a songwriter and as a charisma machine.)

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