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Straylight Run, ‘The Needles the Space’ (Universal Republic)

As the only band who might show up at this summer’s Warped Tour with a glockenspiel, this Long Island-based troupe is obviously more sophisticated than your average emo act. But in the past, they’ve struggled to find a balance between co-songwriter John Nolan’s dramatic piano pop and his sister Michelle’s sultry balladeering. Here, however, the siblings gel perfectly and even expand their group’s melancholic sound with tunes such as “Still Alone,” a brassy, theatrical romp that ditches the basements of Nassau County for the flashy footlights of Broadway. TREVOR KELLEY

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