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Broken Bells - 'After the Disco'
Release date: Jan. 14
Why it's anticipated: The makeshift duo of Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) and The Shins' James Mercer returns with its second effort, the follow-up to 2010's self-titled set. Prefaced by first single, "Holding On for Life," the pair told NPR that the album draws inspiration from '80s synth groups like The Cure, as well as disco mavens, The Bee Gees.
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