By Ray Rahman
Updated May 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM EDT
Gari Lamar Askew

Last week, we saw a pair of Brits sneak their tracks into Music Mix’s heavy rotation. This time around, however, all sorts of other Commonwealth nations are coming out of the woodwork.

Two venerable New Zealanders of the female persuasion, Kimbra and Ladyhawke, have captured our attention with left-of-center pop songs from their respective new albums.

This week’s playlist also includes ’90s alt-rock survivors Garbage (fronted by Scotswoman Shirley Manson); rising indie-rockers Civil Twilight, who hail from South Africa; and veteran-rockers the Cult, representing England herself. The fun never sets on the British Empire!

Of course, a range of Americans also pleased our ears this week, including new treats from the likes of evolving, apologetic folkie John Mayer, NYC’s dearly departed Joey Ramone, Ohio lo-fi lovers Guided by Voices, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below!

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