The Barometer: Grizzly Bear; Buddy Holly; 12 Dirty Bullets; Broken Records; Kanye West; Bombay Bicycle Club

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Grizzly Bear, Southern Point

Folk-rock harmonies, guitars and tambourine blossom into full-blown Van Dyke Parks psych-rock

Buddy Holly, Heartbeat

The genius of simplicity; plenty more examples on a new two-CD compilation

12 Dirty Bullets, Champagne and Cocaine

Unusually sensitive tribute to a wild young girl with roaring choruses: the group The Enemy dream they are

Broken Records, Until the Earth Begins To Part

Majestic, swirling Arcade Fire strings and trumpet: a dramatic and epic number

Kanye West (feat Common, Malik Yusef, John Legend), Magic Man

West leads this Chi-Town pack to wax lyrical on this summery slice of hip-hop

Bombay Bicycle Club, Always Like This

Layered vocals, guitars, and a skipping bassline