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CHUCK’S PICKS

THE 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013 (SO FAR)

1 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

The 20/20 Experience

JT as visionary artiste? That’s what the former ‘N Syncer has become on a comeback experience that even the indie hipsters will dig.

2 JOHNNY MARR

The Messenger

Morrissey really must be miserable now: On his first solo album since their epic split, the Smiths’ guitar god delivers a resounding message.

3 THE LONE BELLOW

The Lone Bellow

If Mumford & Sons were from Brooklyn and went coed, they might sound like this alt-folk trio. Rustic resplendence.

4 DAVID BOWIE

The Next Day

If Timberlake’s comeback was inevitable, Bowie’s wasn’t. He rocks as if the rocking chair can wait in his golden years.

5 BEN HARPER WITH CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

Get Up!

Forget Belushi and Aykroyd: On this righteous joint, Harper and the harmonica godfather are the new blues brothers.

6 ASHLEY MONROE

Like a Rose

Miranda Lambert better watch her back: Her Pistol Annies sidekick packs some traditional-country heat on her new solo album.

7 HOLLY WILLIAMS

The Highway

Hank Jr.’s daughter is another cowgirl on fire in ’13, with a little help from Jackson Browne, Jakob Dylan and Dierks Bentley.

8 ATOMS FOR PEACE

Amok

On the debut album from their side project, Thom Yorke and Flea show that, yes, there’s creative life beyond Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

9 BILAL

A Love Surreal

This neo-soul surrealist edges out José James (No Beginning No End) for the best R&B album of the year so far.

10 A$AP ROCKY

Long.Live.A$AP

This Harlem rapper is on his way to becoming a hip-hop heavyweight with a debut that hits you from all directions.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT?

Miranda Lambert

Garth Brooks at Texas Stadium when I was 10 years old. I remember that he flew in and he also set the stage on fire. I haven’t done that yet, but I will!

Debbie Gibson

I was obsessed with Liberace and asked my grandparents to take me to see him for my 7th birthday. I will never forget his amazing showmanship—and glitzy cape.

Ryan Seacrest

Richard Marx. It was memorable because I was on a date. My mom dropped us off in the Volvo station wagon at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The second was Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet.

Adam Levine

Warrant at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with my father when I was 11. I was on his shoulders the whole time. I said, “I want to do that too, [except] maybe not wear those pants!”

Andy Samberg

It was Lenny Kravitz at the Berkeley Community Theatre, which was [on the campus of] my high school. He blew the roof off with “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

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