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Essential tracks: Boy George and more new songs you need to hear

YouTube framegrab of Boy George video, Video Games. YouTube

INDIE FOLK

Morning Sun

The Wilderness of Manitoba, from the forthcoming Island of Echoes; downloadable at http://killbeatmusic.com/thewildernessofmanitoba

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A sky full of CSN harmonies twinkling in the leftover light of U2, shining against softly triumphant drums. A Toronto quintet finds what it is looking for.

ROCK

Yet Again

Grizzly Bear, from the forthcoming Shields; streaming at http://grizzly-bear.net

Shimmering with seriousness, the second track from the earnest American foursome's upcoming LP rocks artfully, like a mood-altered Radiohead. Dazzling stuff.

R&B/POP

Gone

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Divine Brown, from the forthcoming Something Fresh; streaming at http://www.divinebrown.com

She's gone, to "find me a better flame." Where'd she go? A sweet, spryly soulful era where back-round vocals are near the foreground, a piano is tapped repetitively and horns delightfully entertain.

FOLK/ROCK

Divorce

The Daredevil Christopher Wright, from The Nature of Things; streaming at http://music.thedaredevilchristopherwright.com

A relentless, swiftly strummed reflection on a divorce and the damage done to a child is both divine and attractively unnerving. Then it ends in a heap, and we're not sure how it all turns out.

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VIDEO: POP

Video Games

Boy George; streaming at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFz0i8iqbGo

"They say the world was built for two." In a video directed by Mike Nicholls, a damp seaside amusement park is the vivid setting for a pair of lovers in the afternoon. Boy George wistfully sings atop the imagery and alongside a lightly touched acoustic guitar, his cover of Lana Del Rey's hazy hit about "swinging with the old stars, living for the fame" sublimely accomplished.

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