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St. Vincent 
Self-Titled (Loma Vista/Republic)
For her self-titled major label debut, St. Vincent (née Annie Clark) has augmented her angular brand of loopy guitar pop with a bristling arsenal of kaleidoscopic Day-Glo synths, making this her busiest work to date. Lead single "Birth In Reverse" is the album's statement of intent that jostles with nervous energy and head-spinning turns of melody, revealing Clark's ability to unearth new sonic territory even under big label supervision.
St. Vincent is out now

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The Men 
Tomorrow's Hits (Sacred Bones)
After embracing the '70s country rock influences that haunt the blistering garage punk on the 2013 album New Moon, Brooklyn-based quintet the Men have gone full-Nashville on Tomorrow's Hits, a dusty collection of worn-in rockers that's equal parts Bob Seger, the Band and Bruce Springsteen. The speedy, organ-fueled burner "Different Days" is destined 
to be pouring out of dive bar jukeboxes for the next few decades.
Tomorrow's Hits is out March 4

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Christina Vantzou 
No. 2  (Kranky)
Christina Vantzou garnered plenty of accolades for the "post-classical chamber music" of her 2011 album No.1, and now she returns with a fuller, more challenging release. Recording with a 15-piece ensemble, Vantzou crafts a cohesive, impressionistic score that both swells boldly (opener "Anna Mae") and chills beautifully ("Vancouver Island Quartet") with ethereal soundscapes that are simply hair-raising in their measured, patient execution.
No. 2 is out now


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