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The Chemical Brothers - We are the Night

The first breakout act of electronica is also the movement’s longest surviving one. Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have kept their block-rockin’ beats fresh by collaborating with artists as diverse as Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, the Flaming Lips and k-os. On their sixth album, the Grammy winning duo teams up with the Pharcyde’s Fatlip on the zany “Salmon Dance,” singer-songwriter Willy Mason on the hypnotic “Battle Scars” and U.K. buzzband the Klaxons on the dizzying psych-synth workout “All Rights Reserved.”June 19    
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Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris

Yes, they favor heavy-duty riffage and jackhammer beats. But QOTSA are no hard-rock Neanderthals. There’s an intelligence to Josh Homme’s modus operandi that even pop queens like Nelly Furtado find appealing. The band’s fifth album offers the usual serving of thrashy tracks such as “3’s & 7’s,” the corrosive “Battery Acid” and the frenetic “Sick, Sick, Sick,” featuring the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. But there are also such softer psych sounds like “Into the Hollow” and the oh-so-sweet-and-sexy “Make It Wit Chu.”June 12
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Liam Titcomb - Can’t Let Go

Like Tal Bachman, Adam Cohen and Rufus Wainwright, Titcomb has impressive musical genes (Liam’s father is singer-songwriter Brent Titcomb). Songs like “It’s You” and the title track nod to his dad’s folky influence. But most of this second album aims for a more upbeat stance—with mixed results. Songs like “Nothing at All” and “Life Me Up” strive too hard for commerciality. Better are spirited numbers like “Got a Lot,” co-written with Craig Northey (the Odds), and “That’s All for Now, which truly rock out.June 5   
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