1. Purity Ring … Shrines … 2012

    This is one of the strongest, most self-assured debut albums I’ve ever heard. Young band (formed in 2010) with young members: Corin Roddick is 21, Megan is 24. Lush production is futuristic and and pristine. Voice is auto-tuned to the gills, almost otherworldly. Try this out.

     
     

  2. Aleks Girshevich Trio … Tomorrow … 2012

    Pre-teen prodigy drummer, the son of Vlad Girshevik, the piano player. This is gorgeous jazz, with just piano, bass, and drums.

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  3. Krewella … Play Hard EP … 2012

    Stellar rave music. You can’t stop yourself from moving to this one.

    RIYL Noisestorm, Skrillex, Omnitica

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  4. Ryan Adams … Lucky Now … 2011

    Though Ashes and Fire has some stunning acoustic gems and extensive help from the beautiful Norah Jones, Adams doesn’t quite hold up to his pre-hiatus candor and clarity. The album is a without a doubt a folk-rock, easy-listening dream reminiscent of Heartbreaker (his solo debut), but it doesn’t quite have the bite and consistent intensity I’ve come to expect. Adams traded his wild, cocaine-addicted past for his nuptials to Mandy Moore- probably a good life decision but I’m not sure it did much for his music. Still, the album is pretty great and highly recommended.

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  5. Dawes … Nothing Is Wrong … 2011

    Indie folk meets late ‘90s alt radio rock- I’m talking Fastball with maybe a little Cat Stevens thrown in. Track #8 is so innocent it’s almost virginal. So break out your olive oil and shed some ironic tears to the sweet sounds of 30-something white hipster ennui. In all seriousness though, it’s a highly listenable record, these guys have their sound honed.

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