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New Music Tuesday: Of Strings and Amps

Guitars, reverb and dreamy vocals embody the spirit of this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist. Are all the New Releases like this? Sample it for yourself, or have a listen from the mix we’ve put together below.

Besides obvious pop anthems from the kids of Glee, Lady Gaga and remixed Justin Bieber, the seriousness of Mogwai, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Dears make for a solid introduction to your old and favorite new musicians. And don’t overlook new contributions from newcomers Dom, Yuck, La Sera, and Telekinesis.

Playlist Notes

  • Mogwai, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will: Come for the instrumentals, stay for the vast build and release, song after song. These Scottish rockers perfect their relationship with distortion, sustain and massive sounds.

  • PJ Harvey, Let England Shake: A musician known for reinventing her sound but not her focus, PJ Harvey’s eighth album will satisfy her older fans while capturing the attention of new converts using her familiar tools—lyrics and musicianship.

  • The Dears, Degeneration Street: Powered by an unmistakable voice since The Dears’ 2000 debut, this fifth album has the same spirit and sense of drama for which they’re known and loved.

  • Lady Gaga, Born This Way: Gathering her Little Monsters around her, Lady Gaga glams up another anthem of in-your-face self confidence in preparation for her upcoming album of the same name, Born This Way.

  • The Strokes, Under the Cover of Darkness: Despite taking off a handful of years, The Strokes’ new single picks up with the plucky strumming and late-night dance vibe that all began with Is This It.

  • Glee, PYT, Silly Love Songs, When I Get You Alone, Firework, Fat Bottomed Girls: The Gleeks of William McKinley High are back from their holiday vacation with a sweet, syrupy bouquet of love songs just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  • The Bloody Beetroots, Best Of…Remixes: Some musicians create an album of their songs remixed by other people—not this Italian party duo. Blazing through 23 tracks of remixes, no one, including The All American Rejects, Robyn, and the Wu-Tang Clan, is safe from The Bloody Beetroots’ digital wizardry.