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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

Troy Ave takes you to the streets of Brooklyn on Major Without a Deal. 

Getting down with Puff Daddy, Mase, Fabolous, Jadakiss and Cam’ron gives the album a Bad Boy throwback feel, but the singles with Ty Dolla $ign and A$AP Ferg keeps the sound updated and soulful. “Doo Doo” is a fun song for a sing-along. –J Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

Last Comic Standing finalist releases her first comedy album.

Nikki Carr comes on strong with her new release, Trophy Wife. The Bronx native tackles topics ranging from coming out as a lesbian on national TV, discrimination in hand-washing and missing child photos on milk cartons, and her distinctive gap tooth. –Kelly Anneken

 

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Carnegie Hall’s grand acoustics agree with Ryan Adams’ voice.

Anyone familiar with Ryan Adams knows that it’s difficult to really appreciate the nuances of his inflections at low volumes. Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall demands your full attention. But it’s worth it – especially in those vulnerable moments of “Oh My Sweet Carolina” and the nearly whispered “Sylvia Plath.” –Eric Shea

 

Muse rage against the machine with their highly politicized concept album Drones.  

“Are you a human drone? Are you a killing machine?” From start to finish, the message in Drones is anything but subtle. Every song is a passionate war cry of rebellion against the over militarized powers that be, set to the group’s electric, bombastic, stadium rock. –Zach Mack

 

 

Galantis Brings a Big Dose of Fun on Pharmacy.

Swedes Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklow (aka Style of Eye) set their sights on the dance floor as duo Galantis. Their debut album Pharmacy adds a shot of playful surrealism to festival-style EDM pop, without losing sight of the pure pleasures of sing-alongs and uplifting melodies. –Party Ben

 

Diamond Youth return with their most infectiously power-poppy record yet.

For a while there, these guys were a dead ringer for Queens Of The Stone Age, but on Nothing Matters all that stoner-y swagger takes a backseat to big Weezer-worthy hooks and a more laid-back psychedelic poppiness, replete with soaring vox, fuzzed out noise-pop crunch and a lush, dream-like production. –Andee Connors

 

Louder than a bomba.

Amanecer is the third full-length from this influential duo, showcasing succinctly why Colombian artists have emerged as some of the most adventurous and groundbreaking players in contemporary Latin music. With Bomba Estereo being amongst the foremost trailblazers of this national renaissance, experimentation and rampant musical cross-pollination inspire on this effort. Don’t miss them in concert, either! –Marcos Juarez