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New Music Tuesday - February 21, 2012

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This week’s new music playlist is heavy on the new — not just new albums, but ones from artists who are just cementing their reputations. Montreal’s ethereal dance chanteuse Grimes debuts her first album on 4AD, Beirut performer Bright Moments releases his debut album, dance-rock outfit Young Empires drops a first EP, and Seattle singer-songwriter Perfume Genius issues his second album this week. Of course, some veterans are still stirring: indie folk collective Lambchop release another new album this week, and ZZ Top make their digital debut with the re-release of their 1971 debut. Hear this new music along with many other songs in this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
    The thrashing pop duo’s second album features even more walls of guitar sound, and even more sweet melodies from Alexis Krauss. Expect no sophomore slump here.

  • Tyga - Careless World: Rise of the Last King
    Young Money rapper Tyga releases his second album this week — it features guest spots from hip hop’s finest: Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, T-Pain, Nas, and more.

  • Frankie Rose - Interstellar
    The former drummer from bands like Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls is now her own boss, and the result is this sky-gazing album of 80s-style pop.

  • fun. - Some Nights
    The fun-loving pop trio fun. releases their eclectic second album this week, complete with high tempos, group vocals, clapping, auto-tune, and their explosive single “We Are Young.”