May 09, 2011 12:00 PM

>DIRTY VEGAS

Electric Love

The “Days Go By” dudes haven’t lost their knack for electric beats, as demonstrated on tracks like the title tune. But the British trio also display a gift for melancholy-streaked melodies on synth-pop standouts such as the gorgeous “Emma.” []

BOOTSY COLLINS

Tha Funk Capital of the World

Recruiting an army of guests—from Snoop Dogg and Musiq Soulchild to, yes, Rev. Al Sharpton—the bassist creates a dense funk collage. At 75-plus minutes, though, it’s hard to stay under his groove. []

AUGUSTANA

Augustana

On their third album, you can hear echoes of the Killers, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and, most frequently, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. What they may lack in originality and identity, though, they help make up for with solid craftsmanship. []

LENKA

Two

It’s hard to begrudge this Aussie songbird her relentlessly chirpy pop ditties like “Roll with the Punches” and “Heart Skips a Beat.” But all the airy sweetness on her second set can get too cloying on cuts like the nursery-rhymish “Everything at Once.” []

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