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New Music Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Musical trailblazers are at the forefront of this week’s New Music Tuesday as new albums from former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, R&B icons Boyz II Men, and country vet Toby Keith are released. And don't miss the reissue of Dntel’s touchstone album that spawned the Postal Service's formation with Ben Gibbard. Hot on the heels of these releases are new ones from Vince Gill, French electronic duo Justice, former Savage Garden crooner Darren Hayes, and indie rockers the The Beets and Surfer Blood.

Playlist Notes

  • Dirty Projectors + Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca
    Two names known for melding pop melodies with experimental rhythms and electronics join forces on Mount Wittenberg Orca, an EP that was born out of a collaborative charity show played by the Dirty Projectors and Bjork. They recorded these songs shortly thereafter, which are now ready for you to experience.

  • Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
    After the smash success of their explosive debut Cross, French duo Justice took a few years off. Now they’re back with an album that spans more of their influences than ever before. Soft-rock, pop, country and flutes — it’s all here, on a hugely ambitious new album.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
    American Idol original Kelly Clarkson took a brief hiatus from her music career when it started to take a toll on her vocal cords. The break rejuvenated her all-powerful voice, which shows on the aptly-named Stronger, Clarkson’s self-admitted best album to date.

  • Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics
    Florida indie rock quartet Surfer Blood turned more than a few heads with their surf-tinged, energetic debut, Astro Coast. They’ve followed it up with a four-song EP that should whet appetites for album number two, and remind music listeners why they are so beloved in the first place.

  • Mumford & Sons - Live from Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    Americana-invoking UK folk-rock act Mumford & Sons have taken the world by storm since releasing their debut album, so it’s no wonder the band scooped two of this year’s Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist. They're on tour now, but if you can’t make it to one of their shows, they’ve released this live LP to fill the gap.