"Black Sun"

Death Cab For Cutie's new album is their first without founding member Chris Walla, and their first since frontman Ben Gibbard divorced Zooey Deschanel. So when Gibbard sings, "There's a dumpster in the driveway of all the plans that came undone," you know the sad realness is really real. But when defiantly raw guitar snarls start cutting

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"Sarah"

"Every day, I'll make promises that plague Sarah's heart/So I can watch her fall apart," indie-rock wunderkind Alex G sings. On this doleful bedroom-pop nugget (written a few years ago, before his Internet-driven career took off), he turns his passive-aggressive warbling into bright, blurry poetry that anyone could love — except maybe poor

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