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Randall Roberts’ best albums of 2013

Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, “Thriller” & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new android ears. #getlucky

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Dubstep ‘n inst. score capturing spirit of moment just as ‘Singles,’ ‘16 Candles’ & ‘Apocalypse Now’ before. (Handout)
Odd Future rapper’s work marked arrival of smart LA voice “in the midst of a tornado/Misfitted like Clark Gable.”

MORE: Interview with the artist | Album review | Concert review (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Rhythm + Haiti + James Murphy + David Bowie = Tornadic disco-dub-rock. Heavy but buoyantly ambitious and dynamic.

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Pain pills. Aqua Net, cigarettes, lipstick. Pistol. Tokes of pot. Crimes of fashion. Broken dishes. Twang.

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Melodic distortion from best hard rock band on Earth. Mesmerizing, honest, sweet but barbed.

MORE: Queens of the Stone Age are back on the clock | Album review | Live review (Paul Bergen / AFP / Getty Images)
British folk rock starring voice with backbone. LP will get 25-year reissue in 2038 to grand acclaim.

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Tripped-out reporting of bloody Chicago from teen breakout. Hard but witty, tough but emo. #lsd #cocoabutter

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“Sandinista!” of blues from Dickinson bros. Guitar, fife, drum — and Robert Plant on harp. (Erika Goldring / Getty Images)
Unrepentant, polarizing, furiously minimal, ‘Yeezus’ succeeded despite/because of the ego who built it. #croissants

MORE: ‘Yeezus’ chopped and screwed | Album review | Live review (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)