Battles: GLOSS DROP

It’s a shame that the “Twilight” movies completely blow, because their soundtracks continually prove themselves as outstanding anthologies of contemporary music. In particular, their inclusion of New York-based Battles stands above the rest. Fusing the more calculated, science-chic sounds of prog or electronica with a more hard-edged rock, Battles’ first
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The Postelles bring cheery tunes in their debut album

This New York-bred band attract listeners with their '60s boy band sound and will be performing at Rickshaw Stop on 6/23

Reviving the sound of the music industry’s innocent beginnings, the Postelles delight ears with their jaunty guitar riffs and hand-clapping beats. This New York-based group harbor a particular fondness for the good ol’ bubblegum pop of ’60s, a liking that becomes quite apparent within a few seconds of blasting their
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Cults: CULTS

Just when you think that you’ve heard all there is to hear in the realm of experimental music, newcomers Cults emerge on the scene. Captivating ears with their ragged blend of girlish vocals and action-packed backings, Cults deliver one of the year’s most promising listens with their self-titled debut. Their
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Yeasayer evoke a dynamic rawness with their live show

Odd blood and period blood. This perverse potpourri is what the audience was treated to when Yeasayer stepped into the hallowed halls of San Francisco’s Fillmore last Thursday night. Touring in promotion of their latest record, Odd Blood, they entranced a full house with their enthusiastic alt-pop. But it was
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Death Cab for Cutie: CODES AND KEYS

The sweet, almost angelic warbles of Ben Gibbard’s voice have become a source of consistency and comfort over the years. With their soft, polite pop and easygoing accessibility, Gibbard and his band, Death Cab for Cutie, have warmed their way into the cockles (yes, cockles) of our hearts like a
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Buxter Hoot’n: BUXTER HOOT’N

With their self-titled album, the oddly-named Buxter Hoot’n have burst out of the finger-pluckin’ country-esque mold and have matured into a multifaceted style. Combining sensual melodies, screeching electric guitar solos, twangy harmonica and everything in between, the San Francisco group have evolved their sound to include electric swells and slow-building
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Foster the People: TORCHES

Take a pinch of bouncy guitar riffs. Add a dash of uplifting falsettos. Mix it all together with frenzied beats and you’ll get Torches, the debut album from L.A.-based band, Foster the People. The group first caught the attention of music-lovers with their self-titled EP, released earlier this year. Short
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Lady Gaga: BORN THIS WAY

Lady Gaga’s claims of classic rock and art school roots have been criticized as “all talk.” Many still see her as another pop star who has lost her marbles. In response, her sophomore LP has traded double entendres and bubble gum club beats for Madonna-inspired anthems and a venture into
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