On The Record

By Bill Chenevert
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The Go! Team

Rolling Blackouts

(Memphis Industries)

Sounds Like: The U.K. megaband’s third is a good sign of maturity; it’s no Thunder, Lightning, Strike, but uses more variety in tempo, mood and production style.

Free Association: You’re totally starting to regret that exclamation point, aren’t you?

For Fans Of: B Boys x Sonic Youth, cheerleaders, double dutch, hip-hop car chases.

Cold War Kids

Mine Is Yours

(Interscope)

Sounds Like: The days of “Hang Me Up To Dry” are long gone—with a fancy-ass producer they go for arena-rockin’ recent Kings of Leon-style nonsense and kill it!

Free Association: They used to feel so gritty and raw, now they sound rested and rich.

For Fans Of: The Walkmen x money, the Rapture on ’ludes, status-climbers.

The Luyas

Too Beautiful To Work

(Dead Oceans)

Sounds Like: MTL quartet’s big break is here with a sophomore that’s loud and fresh with sparkling arrangements (Owen Pallet, what up) and a charming front lady.

Free Association: Indie success=quirky vocals, loops, loads of instruments, collectives.

For Fans Of: Pooing clouds. (If you get that reference you’re in too deep!)

Runner Runner

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