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8. King Tuff, “King Tuff”: Twenty-five years after its start, Sub Pop is still unearthing bands you need to hear. This time it’s Vermont’s King Tuff, purveyors of weirdly irresistible sugar-coated psychedelic pop songs that refuse to leave your brain.

9. Japandroids, “Celebration Rock”: Beginning and ending with the sound of fireworks, this Vancouver, British Columbia, two-piece’s album is exactly what its title describes _ grand, anthemic songs about the great moments in life.

10. Trampled By Turtles, “Stars and Satellites”: The awesomely named Minnesota string band has been on the rise for years and its gentle, introspective sixth album adds a layer of artistry and emotion only hinted at in previous work.