New Music July 28 2009

What to Download: New Music Today

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download.

Goodbye girl: You may have caught Kristinia DeBarge's "Goodbye" — which uses "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" as a hook — on a Nivea commercial. Or maybe you know of her lineage (her father was in the '80s group DeBarge), her gig opening for Britney Spears, or even her stint on the reality show American Juniors. However you've heard of her, DeBarge is out to make a name for herself today with Exposed. I wonder which songs will be breakout hits with the Britney audience? My bets would be "Future Love" and the danceable "Sabotage."

Don't panic: With or without their exclamation point (apparently they're currently going with it), Panic! At the Disco have been regulars on the emo/pop/punk stage for a few years now. The group's been going through some tough times recently — particularly the departure of founding member Ryan Ross — but the remaining guys are still trucking. Today, they're back with "New Perspective," a single that will also be featured on the Jennifer's Body soundtrack. Already, it's provoked quite a response from fans, with some saying it gives them hope that Panic! can continue on and others calling it a departure from the sound they once loved.

Two more downloads worth checking out if you read more.

Your new guilty pleasure? I appreciate that Ashley Tisdale seems to know exactly where her music fits on the spectrum: Her new album, Guilty Pleasure, pretty much says as much in the title. Tisdale's second album finds her once again stepping out from behind her High School Musical character and trying to make pop music all her own. I found myself chair-dancing despite myself to "Hot Mess" and I could imagine "Masquerade" turning up on a CW show's soundtrack this Fall.

Sweet sounds: Owl City's Ocean Eyes hits stores everywhere today after a few weeks as an exclusive iTunes download, and speaking of songs that could turn up on TV show soundtracks, I'd bet this is an album full of them. "The Bird and the Worm" is almost absurdly catchy and cute, while tracks like "The Tip of the Iceberg" bury the vocals (and the smart if occasionally elementary lyrics) under more electronics and fuzz.

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