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  • Lali Puna, 'Our Inventions' (Morr)

    Despite an early co-sign from Radiohead's Colin Greenwood, this German glitch-pop outfit has spent the past decade in obscurity, garnering even less notice than original member Markus Acher's previous group, the Notwist. On Lali Puna's first album in six years, the quartet dials back the sometimes-abrasive motorik of 2004's Faking the Books in favor of a smoother, cosmopolitan coffee-shop sound. The results range from sublime ("Remember") to so-so ("Safe Tomorrow"), while the beat-broken "Move On" and the oscillating breakdown of "Future Tense" keep things inventive. BUY:Amazon

  • Shout Out Louds, 'Work' (Merge)

    After honing their Cure impression on 2007's breakout Our Ill Wills, these heart-on-sleeve Swedes team up with indie crossover producer Phil Ek (the Shins, Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes) for a third album of ably crafted sincerity. The band's pop fizz is mostly absent, but the '80s new-wave touches remain ("Walls," "Too Late, Too Slow"). Elsewhere, Ek lends Work a woodsy, early-R.E.M. feel, as "Show Me Something New" and "Candle Burned Out" ache with dolorous vocals and postadolescent lament. BUY: Amazon

  • Lindstrøm & Christabelle, 'Real Life Is No Cool' (Smalltown Supersound)

    For Norwegian cosmic-disco pioneer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, space really is the place: He took listeners on an epic odyssey with the 29-minute (!) title track to 2008's Where You Go I Go Too, and this collaboration with chanteuse Christabelle soars into equally trippy realms. The Moroder-indebted tunes on Real Life are more pop-friendly, but the chopped-up vocal samples on opener "Looking for What" are guaranteed to meld minds, while airy centerpiece "Keep It Up" defies gravity via handclaps and delicately chiming bells. BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • The Very Best, 'Warm Heart of Africa' (Green Owl)

    On last year's mix tape Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit Are the Very Best, London-via-Malawi singer Mwamwaya lent his exuberant vocals to the British production duo's party-ready remixes of such sonically disparate artists as Michael Jackson, M.I.A., and Vampire Weekend. The trio's official debut further expands their musical palette to include triumphant synth rock ("Chalo") and woozy G-funk ("Julia"). The title track -- featuring VW frontman Ezra Koenig --is pure Afropop pleasure, while Warm Heart's sparser moments ("Nsokoto," the M.I.A.-assisted "Rain Dance") prove less can be, well, less. BUY:

  • The Antlers, 'Hospice' (Frenchkiss)

    With a heavy focus on hospital imagery and morose lyrics-"I'd happily take all those bullets inside you / And put them inside of myself" -- this promising Brooklyn trio exist in an openhearted world that's far removed from their borough's often too-cool posturing. Hospice is packed with lofty choruses and extended instrumental passages (the alternately elegiac and tedious "Atrophy"). But with emotional drama in abundance (mostly from vocalist Peter Silberman's fiery, tormented shouts), sonic indulgences like the astral guitar blasts on "Thirteen" offer genuine catharsis. BUY: iTunesAmazon

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    Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Led Zep Members Record New Album

    It's a rock'n'roll obsessive's wet dream: Foo Fighters frontman / ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and Queens of the Stone Age bandleader Josh Homme are working on a new album -- together! News about the recording sessions was broken by Spinnerette frontwoman (and Homme's wife) Brody Dalle: "I'm not at liberty to talk about it," Dalle told Antiquiet, "but I think [the project] is pretty fucking amazing. Just beats and sounds like you've never heard before." The collaboration has been in the works since Grohl first mentioned it in a 2005 interview with MOJO: "The next project that I'm trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That's the next album.

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    Watch: Bloc Party's Haunted House

    With a pulsing piano melody and skittering, rave-style beats, Bloc Party's new song "One More Chance" is the perfect soundtrack for a night on the dance floor.

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    Watch: Hot Rapper Drake's Kanye West-Directed Video

    It appears Lil Wayne protégé Drake thinks that classic basketball movies like Hoosiers were in need of a little more T&A and a little less athletics. Which may be why the hot-to-trot rap sensation gathered a team of total hotties for the just-released music video for his breakout hit "Best I Ever Had." Or, perhaps, it's a work-related fantasy -- after all, Drake, a.k.a. Aubrey Graham, played wheelchair-bound basketball star Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen soap opera Degrassi: The Next Generation. Directed by hip-hop superstar Kanye West, the clip for the first single from Drake's in-the-works debut, Thank Me Later, is jam-packed with sexy ladies... all playing what might be the worst game of basketball ever.

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    Behind the Scenes: Nas and Damian Marley Collaborate

    New York hip-hop veteran Nas and Bob Marley's youngest son, Damian, have joined musical forces and are hard at work on their first album, Distant Relatives -- and you can check out a video of their creative process below! "This project is to come together and do some music on behalf of Africa -- that is really what the whole thing is about, to bring awareness [about poverty and other social ills]," Marley comments in the clip, directed by Nabil Elderkin (who recently helmed Kanye West's video for "Paranoid"). In the video, the duo make beats, lay down rhymes, and work with a children's choir, all while preaching a positive message. "I got one chance to say what I have to say right now," Nas proclaims. "They have to wake up. It's not a matter of us saying 'who are we to tell you to wake up' -- you have to wake up." Check out the video below.

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    Blur Reunites Live at Glastonbury Festival

    Recently reunited Britpoppers Blur performed their first major concert in six years Sunday night, rocking more than 100,000 fans at the Glastonbury music festival in Somerset, England.The quartet played a 24-song set that spanned their entire career, from hits like "Song 2" and "Coffee and TV" to early singles such as "Parklife" and "To The End." Here's a roundup of reviews from intrepid critics who strapped on their wellies and braved the mud for Blur's headlining, festival-closing performance: --"With the set following a similar pattern to the band's recent intimate warm-up shows, the band seemed to have no problem with the radical increase in scale. 'I'm enjoying this,' declared Albarn midway through the set. 'Thank you!' " -- NME --"Blur don't make this a difficult reconciliation.

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