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What to Download: New Music Today

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download.

Welcome back: After a six-year hiatus, Third Eye Blind returns to the music scene with a new album, Ursa Major. I was a huge fan of the band back in the "Semi-Charmed Life" days, and I've still got a soft spot for the group. This latest album has a familiar mix of slow ballads and upbeat tunes, so check it out if you're feeling nostalgic. My personal favorites are the catchy "Can You Take Me" and the sweet, low-key "Why Can't You Be" which features Kimya Dawson.

Oh, joy: A friend of mine caught a live performance of The Cave Singers about a year ago, and all of her gushing had me intrigued. This latest album, Welcome Joy, is light, uncomplicated, and easy to listen to — the kind of stuff I'd put on to unwind after a long day. So far I'm really digging "Bramble" and "Leap."



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Girl power: If you're looking for something a little more radio-friendly, check out Kate Earl's self-titled album. She's got a very pretty, soft voice, and most of her tunes are about love. I'm already predicting that some of her songs will end up on my favorite shows. Right off the bat I'm into "Can't Treat Me That Way" because it's one of the sassier tracks on the record.

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