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Cali Swag District: THE KICKBACK

Party rap acts are a dime a dozen these days. Without a fresh flow, creative beats or some sort of gimmick, it’s hard for an artist to stand out in a sea of Ke$ha and Lil’ Wayne knock-offs. For Inglewood’s Cali Swag District, this gimmick was undoubtedly their resident dancer
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The Cool Kids: WHEN FISH RIDE BICYCLES

After many delays and — as Chuck Inglish put it — some time in “record label jail,” the Cool Kids have finally released their debut studio album, When Fish Ride Bicycles. The hip-hop duo of Inglish and Mikey Rocks have laid down their beats and raps, and the result is…good.
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Digitalism: I LOVE YOU, DUDE

As the electronic music scene continues to explode into just about every other genre, it’s hard to imagine that it has any naysayers left. But if it does, Digitalism’s latest effort I Love You, Dude is sure to convert them. The German DJ duo employs heavy bass lines, unplugged vocals,
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Brian Eno: DRUMS BETWEEN THE BELLS

Spoken word and keyboards are a combo made in nap heaven. Whether you’re tired from a long day at the office or catching up on some z’s in between exams, everyone could use some relaxing, subtle music to nod off to. English producer-extraordinaire Brian Eno’s latest record, Drums Between the
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Selena Gomez & the Scene: WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Like her former BFF Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez is the most recent of Disney starlets to hit the tabloid covers. Recently hospitalized for that perennial celebrity ailment ― “exhaustion” ― and as the girlfriend of the new pop prince, Justin Bieber, Gomez is almost certainly more notable for her personal
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Bon Iver: BON IVER

Bon Iver, founded by vocalist and mastermind Justin Vernon, has issued their big statement with their latest, Bon Iver. Coming in with stuttering electric guitar and military drums, “Perth” opens Bon Iver as a cinematic statement. It’s an album looking to push Bon Iver to Radiohead importance. With the songs
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Matt Nathanson: THIS MODERN LOVE

Call me a cynic but I tend to shy away from saccharine, fun-sized pop hits. You know, those tracks that fill up radio airwaves with their juvenile rhymes, overuse of “baby”s and “your lips”s and disgustingly generic chords. But surprisingly, I found myself warming up to Matt Nathanson’s Modern Love,
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Bad Meets Evil: HELL: THE SEQUEL

If Kanye West is the David Bowie of hip hop, then rappers Eminem and Royce da 5’9 can best be described as his Dylan and Cash counterparts. The Detroit natives have rekindled their chemistry and collaborated on a new record under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, the same name as
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Owl City: ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Owl City’s All Things Bright and Beautiful is a cotton candy confection that’s totally at home on a twelve-year-old girl’s iPod. The songs are steeped in electro strings and canned beats, making All Things familiar territory to anyone who has heard Owl City’s breakout single “Fireflies”. Owl City (aka Adam
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Junior Boys: IT’S ALL TRUE

Leg warmers and parachute pants may be lost in the ’80s — or so we hope — but Junior Boys persevere through the glam metal haze to bring an electropop album with a nostalgic ’80s coating. With their fourth studio album It’s All True, the Canadian duo of Jeremy Greenspan
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