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Merge - Hospitality
Who: Edgy, garage-loving New York trio, meeting at '60s-pop happiest past
What: Self-titled album released Jan. 31
Why: Merge has a history of loving and nurturing artists with vocal idiosyncrasies (Magnetic Fields, M. Ward, Spoon), and their newest signee, like the others, makes their own lane. Amber Papini's fun buoyancy is matched with choppy rhythms and tight melodies.