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New Music Tuesday: Jan. 8, 2013

By Dan Loughry
Music Correspondent

I missed last week because, to be honest, not much was released. This week I’ve cherry-picked four vastly different releases for your pleasure (and, in some cases, pain). Welcome to 2013, and enjoy.

Rome – Hell Money. Rome is the nom de plume of Luxembourgian Jerome Reuter and his dark, luxurious folk music. He’s a mix of Nick Cave and every other gruff-voiced troubadour you’d care to mention. But on tunes like “Silverstream” (here in a live version) and the pleading “Fester,” he’s his own tough customer.

Solange – True. Out digitally for a few months, Beyoncé’s baby sister’s newest EP gets a physical release on CD today (CD? What’s a CD?). And good stuff it is, from the happy groove of “Losing You” to the ambient soul of “Looks Good with Trouble.”

Pere Ubu – Lady from Shanghai. Ohio’s archetypal experimental punks get back to the business of weird on their 15th release since 1978. Since there are no sound-clips available, just take it from me that they are yelping, unsettling folk who’ve been mining a deep vein of oddness for decades. If you don’t know them, start with their first, The Modern Dance, and then have a grand old time.

Conor Maynard – Contrast. This Brighton baby has his eye on the under-serviced Justin Timberlake crowd. That is, he’s got the dance beats down on bangers like “Animal” (feat. Wiley), but he also brings the soul on such easy pop confections as “Vegas Girl”and nearly every other tune here.

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