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Singles Swap: Sept. 23, 2011

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Drake, ”Headlines”
Drizzy recounts the vagaries of front-page living in signature laconic style.
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Kendrick Lamar, ”A.D.H.D.”
Like Drake, he’s a gifted 24-year-old MC with a hypnotic storyteller’s drawl.

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The Pixies, ”Gigantic”
Our big, big love for the spiky alt icons’ 1988 college-rock classic carries on.
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Grouplove, ”Colours”
L.A. upstarts unleash similarly punchy boy-girl melodics and skewed tempos.

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Gretchen Wilson, ”Here for the Party”
The good-times girl of mid-aughties country at her no-shooter-hooters best.
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The JaneDear Girls, ”Merry Go Round”
Nashville cuties bring their ”backseat wiggle” — and Auto-Tune (!) — to the juke joint.

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Snow Patrol, ”Chasing Cars”
Pretty soft-rock yearning with a soaring, indelible chorus.
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Blind Pilot, ”Half Moon”
Just as evocative, but with a more organic, folksy feel. Paging Grey’s Anatomy!

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The Pretenders, ”Back on the Chain Gang”
Nearly 30 years on, the new-wave heroes’ jangly love letter still shines.
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Dum Dum Girls, ”Bedroom Eyes”
The garage-poppers’ Dee Dee Penny expertly channels Chrissie Hynde’s luscious wail .

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