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Thursday, July 08, 2010

2010 is only half-over, but it's already produced plenty of attention-grabbing music: a long-awaited solo debut from a beloved rapper, a post-Christian nihilist opera, and an R&B concept album about robots, just to name a few. Today, the best music of 2010 so far. Plus, live music from Barcelona dance rockers Delorean.

The Best of 2010...So Far

With 2010 halfway over, Soundcheck's music critics have selected the top 10 must-listen recordings of the year so far. Joining us to look at the period from January through June are Maura Johnston, freelance music writer, and Steve Smith, music editor of Time Out New York.

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Delorean: In Studio

The Barcelona-based outfit Delorean takes its name from the short-lived auto manufacturer that, in turn, inspired a time machine in the Back to the Future film franchise of the 1980s. Formed 10 years ago as an electronic side-project for Basque punk musicians, the group leaves little trace of its hardcore past on a new album of synth-pop and dance rock called Subiza. They join us to perform live in our studio.

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The Year So Far

The year's only half over but the cream is already rising to the top.

Gig Alerts: My Teenage Stride

The indie rock quartet plays Death By Audio tonight. Download their upbeat track "Creep Academy."

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Stornoway

Gig Alerts: Stornoway

The British indie pop band play Mercury Lounge tonight on the heels of releasing their debut album Beachcomber's Windowsill. Download their charming track "Zorbing."

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Gig Alerts: DJ Rhettmatic

The veteran turntablist and member of the Beat Junkies Crew performs tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Download the crack Beat Junkies track "Sick Days."

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