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Also Available: March 15, 2013

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Singles
J. Cole feat. Miguel
”Power Trip”

The two young royals of urban radio first proved they worked well together on 2010’s ”All I Want Is You,” and their latest collab leads us to think they should just start their own throne-watching team. This smooth, romantic ode to ”the longest crush ever” finds the Roc Nation riding a killer beat while Migs’ alluring hook seals the deal. A-Ray Rahman

The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett
”Long Time Gone”

Written for the new documentary A Place at the Table, this lively folk-rocker has Burnett’s name branded all over its hide, from the high-lonesome harmonies to the rootsy jangle of guitars and its old-timey rallying cry: ”Look out, Ma! Look out, Pa!” Sounds like something that Nashville‘s Juliette Barnes would sing to get some respect in this town. B —Melissa Maerz

Albums
Bon Jovi
What About Now

If the 12th studio album from New Jersey’s second-favorite son(s) showed up unmarked, it would be easy to mistake it for a misguided crossover effort by a Christian rock band. There’s no outward Bible thumping, but What About Now has enough always-darkest-before-the-dawn positivity and bland arena-country warm fuzzies to choke a true believer. C-Kyle Anderson

Wild Belle
Isles

The Fashion Week crowd loves this Chicago indie-pop duo, with their leopard-print blouses and floppy hats. But Natalie Bergman and her brother Elliot are too inventive to get cast as a style-rock band, experimenting with African thumb pianos, dub-reggae grooves, and sultry soul vocals with a deep pass-the-dutchie raspiness. Play it on your next booze cruise to Tulum. B+Melissa Maerz

The Virgins
Strike Gently

These New York rockers aren’t doing much to shake their reputation as the new Strokes: They recorded their sophomore album at a studio underneath the former East Village club Brownies, where the Strokes used to hang out, and they’ve signed with Cult Records, which is run by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. But while they still share that downtown-rock vibe, their latest has more in common with the ’70s bands the Strokes looked up to — Strike has the Modern Lovers’ deadpan vocals, Television’s jagged grooves, and Lou Reed’s street-hassle guitar riffs. At this point, they may be doing the Strokes better than the Strokes do themselves. B+Melissa Maerz

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