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SINGLES

RIHANNA FEAT. DAVID GUETTA
RIGHT NOW
How many riffs on the YOLO theme can Top 40 radio support? Apparently one more: With help from French jockey du disc David Guetta, RiRi bangs out another club-crushing monster that hits quicker (though, like its title implies, will probably live shorter) than her previous dance masterpiece ”We Found Love.” A-
Ray Rahman

MILEY CYRUS
WE CAN’T STOP
For all its talk about ”shaking it like we at a strip club” (somewhere, Billy Ray’s achy heart just broke a little more), this listless jam isn’t going to get you shaking anything — except maybe your head as you hit the skip button. D
Adam Markovitz

ICONA POP
GIRLFRIEND
The sinewy hook from Tupac’s ”Me and My Girlfriend” — the same one Jay-Z and Beyoncé heisted a decade ago for ” ’03 Bonnie & Clyde” — gets a squeaky-clean Swede-pop scrub from the duo, who wash off all Pac’s sex-power-crime irony to make a cheery gal-pal anthem just in time for friendship-bracelet season. B
Adam Markovitz

ALBUMS

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
…Like Clockwork
Stoner-rock heavyweight Josh Homme shows no ring rust on QOTSA’s first new album in six years. The return of vital cornermen Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri, and Dave Grohl gives tracks like ”I Appear Missing” and ”If I Had a Tail” a heft not heard since 2002’s breakthrough Songs for the Deaf, but the main event is always Homme’s bombastic riffage and desert-blasted end-of-the-world croon. A
Kyle Anderson

SURFER BLOOD
Pythons
Missing the college-rock salad days known as ”The ’90s”? You’re lucky: Florida’s Surfer Blood are just one of a growing cohort of indie acts (see also: Wavves, Cloud Nothings et al.) raised on a steady diet of Weezer, the Pixies, and PBR. The band’s follow-up to its 2010 debut, Astro Coast, is an effortless balance of melodic whoa-whoas and yelp-shout-screams — the kind of songs you used to discover watching MTV’s 120 Minutes in your dorm room at 3 a.m. B+
Ray Rahman