By Chuck Arnold Carlos Greer
June 20, 2011 12:00 PM

>DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

Codes and Keys

If you thought Death Cab may have lost their edge after leader Ben Gibbard married actress Zooey Deschanel, think again. With cuts like the Cure-ish “You Are a Tourist,” their alt-rock mojo has hardly been better. []

RONNIE DUNN

Ronnie Dunn

For a solo debut that comes after some 20 years alongside Kix Brooks, you kind of expect more. But a trio of ballads—”I Don’t Dance,” “Cost of Livin'” and “Love Owes Me One”—helps make up for the standard stuff. []

ASHLYNE HUFF

Let It Out

Currently an opening act on the NKOTBSB tour, the daughter of top country producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban) releases her second album. Some of her fizzy pop, though, is a little too tweeny for a twentysomething. [s]

THE VACCINES

What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?

On their debut album, this U.K. buzz band injects a dreamy wooziness into their indie rock on tracks like “A Lack of Understanding” and “Post Break-Up Sex” that will have you tripping and floating along. []

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