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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Autolux, Transit Transit
(It took six years to get here, but L.A.’s Autolux have finally delivered their second LP. Worth the wait, this solid tour through influences like shoegaze and post-punk, could wind up being one of the year’s best albums.)

2. Wavves, King of the Beach
(Perhaps one of the only examples of sobriety yielding better rock music, the latest from this troubled California indie trio layers effective pop architecture around summer-sun yearning.)

3. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
(On their third LP, Arcade Fire dusts off the uneven nature of their last album, and sticks to what they do best: soaring indie-rock anthems that are ready for the arena but could also work in a late-night bar.)

4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Original Soundtrack
(Anchored by Beck’s new songs, both as himself and as the fictional band Sex Bob-omb, this soundtrack for the new film is a jangly blend of garage rock and glam-rock. It’s almost split into two halves: the songs performed by bands in the movie, and the songs that just serve as backdrop to the action. Either way, it’s worth it.)

5. Dreamend, So I Ate Myself Bite By Bite
(With a banjo in one hand and harmony vocals in the other, this side project from one of Black Moth Super Rainbow, is a late-summer delight. The songs are built around simple lyrics, one or two sentences refrained in the right key. Add some studio tweaks and the bobbing banjo, and you have a keeper.)

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