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New Albums From Calexico, Gym Class Heroes, Kimya Dawson, and 9 More


Here’s a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:

  • Calexico, Carried to Dust
    Folk-rock impressionists trace poignant cross-country journey.(READ REVIEW)
    Listen to “Two Silver Trees”
  • Common Market, Tobacco Road
    Gritty Seattle hip-hoppers at play in the fields of the Lord.(READ REVIEW)
    Listen to “Tobacco Road”
  • Gym Class Heroes, The Quilt
    Emo-rap crossover crew gets retarded in here.(READ REVIEW)
  • Okkervil River, The Stand Ins
    Texas storytellers return with a magnificent Act Two. (READ REVIEW)
    Listen to “Lost Coastlines”
  • Kimya Dawson, Alphabutt
    If you can’t afford a creepy birthday clown, put this on! (READ REVIEW)

Read reviews of seven other vital albums also out today on page 2.

PLUS: Last Week’s Best New Albums


  • Bound Stems, The Family Afloat
    History teacher’s heartfelt tales get a focused, melodic punch. (READ REVIEW)
  • Bart Davenport, Palaces
    Cali indie popper unexpectedly reaches smooth-groove bliss.(READ REVIEW)
  • Fujiya & Miyagi, Lightbulbs
    The funkiest soundtrack to a cultural studies seminar ever.(READ REVIEW)
  • The New Year, The New Year
    Indie rock’s answer to Ambien: You rest well, but sheepishly.(READ REVIEW)
  • Parenthetical Girls, Entanglements
    Sweeney Todd make you wanna cut your own throat? May we suggest… (READ REVIEW)
  • Shaky Hands, Lunglight
    Jumpy indie kids enthusiastically imitate crabby, world-weary burnouts.(READ REVIEW)
  • The Subways, All or Nothing
    Former first couple of NME punk-pop embrace their teen spirit.(READ REVIEW)

PLUS: Last Week’s Best New Albums