1. Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn’s triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.
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    Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn’s triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.

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  2. Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.
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    Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.

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  3. Adult Jazz’s ideas move fast — riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It’s as though they’re chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.
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    Adult Jazz’s ideas move fast — riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It’s as though they’re chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.

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  4. Quetzal has spent two decades playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican son jarocho, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.
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    Quetzal has spent two decades playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican son jarocho, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.

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  5. At 63, Tom Petty's cynicism works hand-in-glove with his hard-earned cragginess.
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    At 63, Tom Petty's cynicism works hand-in-glove with his hard-earned cragginess.

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  6. In his new band, venerable U.K. DJ Harvey Bassett indulges his love of psychedelic garage rock.
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    In his new band, venerable U.K. DJ Harvey Bassett indulges his love of psychedelic garage rock.

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  7. Bear in Heaven writes inventive epics that behave like highly concentrated energy shots.
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    Bear in Heaven writes inventive epics that behave like highly concentrated energy shots.

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  8. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive Shabazz Palaces.
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    No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive Shabazz Palaces.

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  9. On her new album, Jenny Lewis explores the weight of full adulthood, and its paradoxical precariousness.
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    On her new album, Jenny Lewis explores the weight of full adulthood, and its paradoxical precariousness.

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  10. On Alvvays’ debut album, the Toronto band’s beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.
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    On Alvvays’ debut album, the Toronto band’s beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.

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