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The View - Hats Off to the Buskers

Aside from Kasabian, the View is the only current band to win Liam Gallagher’s thumbs up. Given the Oasis frontman’s reputation as a yobbo, that endorsement might prove a curse. But the young quartet, led by singer Kyle Falconer, deserves a listen, thanks to tuneful Britpop numbers like “Same Jeans, “Wasted Little DJs,” “Superstar Tradesman” and the giddy “Skag Trendy,” featuring Falconer’s full Scottish brogue. With a bit more piss ’n’ vinegar, the View might even come to rival the U.K.’s fabulous Arctic Monkeys. May 8
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Keren Ann - Keren Ann

Since settling in the Big Apple, the Parisian chanteuse seems to have traded her François Hardy mannerisms for Nico-like Velvet Underground influences. While her previous album, Nolita, featured whispery vocals and sensuous, late-night tones, Keren Ann’s latest boasts a generally tougher sound, from bluesy holler of “It Ain’t No Crime” to the drugged-out experiments of “Caspia.” The new album’s most appealing track is “Lay Your Head Down,” a dreamy rock number featuring cello, handclaps and harmonica. May 8
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Björk -Volta

Björk’s last album, Medulla, was a stunning soundscape of voices. Here, Iceland’s idiosyncratic pop queen delves deep into drumbeats, working with über-producer Timbaland, African collective Konono No. 1 and her own percussionist Chris Corsano on tracks like “Hope,” “Innocence” and the insanely catchy “Earth Intruders.” “Let’s stop all this religious bullshit,” explained Björk recently. “We’re all fucking animals, so let’s just make some universal tribal beat. We’re pagan. Let’s just march.” Who can argue?May 8
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