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White Lung

Paradise

Domino

File next to: Silversun Pickups, Screaming Females, Iceage

White Lung founder Mish Barber-Way was hoping her Vancouver band's third album, 2014's Deep Fantasy, would cement its reputation in the female-led punk rock realm. Unfortunately, its release date was sandwiched between Perfect Pussy's debut and Mary Timony's Ex Hex project, and suffered by comparison. This time around, White Lung's songs are tighter (10 tracks in 28 minutes), Barber-Way's vocals are mixed higher, and the feminist lyrics are more explicit. But what's especially intriguing about Paradise are the electronic treatments that make several two-minute songs soar like Coheed & Cambria or Silversun Pickups. The sound may be too busy and bass-heavy for the archetypal punk, but White Lung's hybrid style in tracks like "Demented," "Vegas" and "Narcoleptic" should appeal equally to metal heads, Tool followers, and post-punk fans. White Lung are not so much shape-shifting as creating a strident, heavy sound that's uniquely their own. — LW

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  • Lita Ford

Lita Ford

Time Capsule

Steamhammer

File next to: Heart, Poison, Jim Steinman

Is there a place for big-guitar power ballads in the 21st century? Former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford certainly thinks so. All of the grandeur and excess of hair metal is on display within Time Capsule's 11 tunes, compiled from Ford's archives of previously unreleased material. On the snarling "Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight," you can all but smell the leather and spandex. Dave Navarro's mandolin on "Killing Kind" nods briefly in an Americana direction, but mostly this is earnest power rock that often threatens to take itself a bit too seriously. If you're hungry for guitar heroics, 1980s style, replete with overly dramatic arrangements, you've come to the right place. But in general, the fist-pumping, over-the-top emoting is best experienced with tongue firmly in cheek. — BK

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The Dandy Warhols

Distortland

Dine Alone Music

File next to: Stone Roses, The Church, Brainticket

On the Dandy Warhols' 10th studio album, the group offers truth in labeling. Distortion is indeed at the heart of Distortland's dance-oriented, deep-groove tracks, as throbbing synthesizer lines and fuzzed-out guitars champion the album's decidedly trancey aesthetic. Many of these tracks are built around simple, hypnotic musical phrases that owe a clear debt to the '70s. Twangy surf 'n' spy guitars are also a key component, with Courtney Taylor-Taylor's voice as breathy as ever. On "Search Party," banjos pluck along comfortably next to synth stabs that recall nothing so much as C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)." The Dandys also channel T. Rex on "Catcher in the Rye," while "You Are Killing Me" leans in a melodic, alt-rock direction. Meanwhile, several one-chord jams prove the band hasn't lost its talent for doing a lot with a little. — BK

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