November 10, 2008 12:00 PM

HINDER Take It to the Limit
These hard rockers pounded their way to triple-platinum sales of Extreme Behavior, their 2005 debut. While hardly testing the limits of the genre, they excel when cranking it to the max on cuts like the title track.

KAISER CHIEFS Off with Their Heads
For their third album, these Brits hook up with Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) and Lily Allen (on backup vocals). But the Chiefs’ brand of punchy post-punk still dominates.

NIKKA COSTA Pebble to a Pearl
Costa’s new CD is her first with Stax Records, the classic R&B label that gave us Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. And with some key players along, she brings plenty of old-school soul and funk to the affair.

BRETT DENNEN Hope for the Hopeless
This singer-songwriter got the Grey’s Anatomy seal of approval when his ballad “Ain’t Gonna Lose You” was featured on the show this fall. He keeps things strumming along nicely on this folk-pop disc.

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