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This week's releases include moody indie singles, croony Brazilian mingles, the multi-sense cacophony of Nicki Minaj, Elvis Costello live at The Wiltern, and a Bear in Heaven.

Selections fall into one of two categories: a) music that people are talking about or b) music that people should be talking about. Decide for yourself which column gets which. 

From the new and noteworthy, to the nonsensical and hideous, we've put together an ever-growing, hand-picked playlist of new music. It's yours for the judging at KPCC CHEATSHEET < The Now Sound >.

New Music Releases - April 3, 2012

  • Adam Cohen - Like A Man
  • Bear In Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
  • Black Mountain - Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack
  • Brandi Carlile - That Wasn't Me
  • Céu - Caravana Sereia Bloom
  • Denison Witmer - The Ones Who Wait
  • Dirty Projectors - Gun Has No Trigger
  • Dr. John - Locked Down
  • Dragonforce - Cry ThunderThe Hives - Go Right Ahead
  • Elvis Costello - The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook 
  • Great Lake Swimmers - New Wild Everywhere
  • Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
  • Justin Bieber - Boyfriend
  • Lia Ices - Wish You Were Here b/w Late Night
  • Lightships - Electric Cable
  • Lukas Nelson - Wasted 
  • Morgan Page - In the Air
  • Mxpx - Plans Within Plans
  • Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Deluxe Edition)
  • Obie Trice - Bottoms Up
  • Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
  • Rascal Flatts - Changed
  • Selena - Enamorada de Ti
  • Simone Felice - Simone Felice
  • The Dean's List - Generation X
  • Various Artists - Chicano Rap Box Set
  • Wale - Bag Of Money (feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain)
  • Wallpaper. - F***ING BEST SONG EVERRR
  • Willis Earl Beal -  Acousmatic Sorcery
  • Wilson Phillips - Dedicated
  • Yppah - Eighty One