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Evergreen - Broods

The New Zealand duo that is Broods is made up of brother and sister Georgia and Caleb Nott, which makes sense, considering their band name. Something else that might strike you, after hearing their debut album Evergreen ($8), is how familiar the slightly haunting, dreamy... [More]

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Colbie Caillat - Gypsy Heart

We love the video for "Try," the debut single from Colbie Caillat's latest album, Gypsy Heart ($14). We might be fashion mavens, but Caillat's message of finding and loving your own beauty just the way nature made it is one we'll happily get behind. The... [More]

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Hey Hey - Mapei

Hey hey, if you haven't listened to Mapei yet, you're missing out. Her latest album, Hey Hey, is a collection of upbeat, positive pop songs that are given depth by Mapei's voice, which is perfect for soul-inspired tunes. (Check out the Cocoa Butter Diaries EP... [More]

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DIY Instrument Kit

Remember the last time you thought you could turn light into music? Give your kids the same experience without the hallucinogens. DIY Instrument Kit ($24)... [More]

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Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Odd couples have the best chemistry, and we're not sure it gets any weirder than an artistic collaboration between a living jazz legend and a woman known for wearing a dress made of raw beef. But on Cheek to Cheek ($16), Tony Bennett and Lady... [More]

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Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen

The bar has been set. Leonard Cohen is officially the coolest octogenarian on the planet. Since his manager (and ex-lover) ripped off his retirement savings, forcing Cohen out of his Zen Buddhist retreat to return to the stage, he's been selling out arena-sized venues and... [More]

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Frends Oil Slick Taylor Headphones

You can opt to play your tunes over some skinny little buds meant to hide shamefully inside your ears, or you can go bold with these Frends Oil Slick Taylor Headphones ($200). Made with luxurious black lambskin and jewel-like iridescent caps meant to be seen... [More]

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Crush Songs

Crush Songs ($10), Karen O's first solo album, is a collection of spare ballads about that wonderful/awful/indelible feeling of being completely infatuated with someone. The album sounds like it was recorded from the bottom of a well but it's all part of its intentionally lo-fi... [More]

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Loog II Guitar

To hell with doctors and lawyers. We want our kids to grow up to be rock stars. That's why we're picking them up this Loog II Guitar ($149). A pint-sized but totally functional instrument designed specifically for little-fingered types, the Loog is ideal for getting... [More]

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The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

Comprehensive? Not really. Entertaining? Most certainly. In The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs ($19), music critic Greil Marcus takes a look at the history of rock, from its origins in the 1950s to today, through an unexpectedly narrow lens. Marcus's selections aren't... [More]

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Kikkerland Hand Crank Music Boxes

You could always just whip out your phone, but we think there's something lovely about using one of these Kikkerland Hand Crank Music Boxes ($9) to satisfy the craving for one of your favorite tunes - available in a selection of favorites, from "Here Comes... [More]

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Nick & Knight

What happens when a boy band breaks up? Generally the singers end up reuniting every five years or so to jumpstart the cash-flow again. And what happens when the boy band has pulled the re-re-reunion stunt too many times for anyone to care anymore? Why,... [More]

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The Golden Echo

Remember that Gotye song "Somebody That I Used to Know?" (Rhetorical question - of course you remember it because it you heard it at least a hundred times a couple of years ago.) Kimbra was the female half of that ubiquitous duet, and now the... [More]

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Skullcandy Knockout Floral Headphones

Skullcandy's Knockout Floral Headphones ($100) are so cute, you'll probably be tempted to leave them hanging around your neck long after you're done listening listening to tunes on the train to work. Who knows, maybe you'll start a new headphones-as-necklace trend!... [More]

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Aspire/Acquire: Tickets to Kate Bush's Before the Dawn Concerts

It's the event some of us have been waiting for since we were embryos: Kate Bush's first live concerts since her one-and-only 1979 tour. After decades denying the spotlight, Bush finally decided to return to the stage with a series of performances at London's Eventim... [More]

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Sparks - Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap has made a name for herself thanks to her breathy voice and cleverly orchestrated electronica music. Her new album, Sparks ($10), lives up to her usual pleasant sound and top-notch artistry. Although critics are "heap"ing praise onto this album, they don't hold out... [More]

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They Want My Soul - Spoon

Somehow we got by in the four years since their last album, Transference, but to be honest, that wasn't our favorite Spoon album anyway. They Want My Soul ($10) is a return to form for the band we've known and loved for seven albums (now... [More]

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Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

They may break your heart, but their music will mend your soul: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are back with Hypnotic Eye ($11), an album that's legitimately good, not just a "good try for an old favorite" compliment we pay to former icons we respect... [More]

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The Essential *NSYNC

Your music tastes have evolved well past the boy bands you loved as a preteen. Why, nowadays, you wouldn't know the difference between One Direction and another... direction. That said, if we're talking about the boy bands of your youth, you'd be lying if you... [More]

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Milktape

Long live the mix tape; the mix tape is dead. As a preteen, one of the sweetest things you could do for your crush was to make a cassette tape with some carefully chosen tunes that expressed how you felt. Milktape ($15) aims to revive... [More]

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