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Jonas Brothers’ ‘The Album’ is a summer hit for incurable romantics

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Taylor Swift gets dark, electric on ‘Midnights’

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Enter Tove Lo’s messy femininity in ‘Dirt Femme’

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Miko Marks draws on church roots and bridges genres

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‘About Last Night…’ captures whirlwind night out

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Splashes of color from pianist Sam Reider

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Metric rocks out existentially in ‘Formentera’

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Indie rockers Foals offer album perfect for summer

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