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Sum 41 - Underclass Hero

Like his wife, Deryck Whibley knows he can catch more flies with sugar than vinegar. On his band’s latest album, Avril Lavigne’s husband offers three spoonfuls of melodic pop—each of which ends, oddly enough, in the first person: “With Me,” “Best of Me” and “Look at Me.” The U.S.-based Whibley is wise to sweeten the vitriol of such anti-Bush numbers as “The Jester” and the controversial “March of the Dogs,” which drew the ire of Rolling Stone for its reference to the killing of the president. Diplomatic punk.July 17
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Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime

Vega has always been a scholarly folkie. After graduating from the performing arts school featured in the film musical Fame, she majored in English literature and began writing thoughtful songs like “Luka,” her 1987 hit about domestic abuse. Now, Vega has joined Norah Jones on the once jazzy Blue Note label. Songs like “Edith Wharton’s Figurines” and “New York is a Woman” carry on in a literary vein, while “Pornographer’s Dream” cleverly sets a tale of desire to a seductive bossa nova beat.July 17   
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Interpol - Our Love to Admire

When New York’s Interpol arrived in 2002 with its debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights, there were many comparisons to British doom-and-gloom bands like Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen. Although the band’s singer Paul Banks still bears a scary vocal resemblance to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, Interpol is developing its own icy, angular sound. Standout tracks on the group’s third album include the upbeat “Heinrich Maneuver,” the peppy “Pace is the Trick and the chiming “Rest My Chemistry.”July 10
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