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– THE CARDIGANS go a shade darker on the downcast-but-gorgeous Long Gone Before Daylight, due May 25. Ease your way in with the jangly ”For What It’s Worth,” which is at least musically upbeat. UMUSIC.CA

– Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist MELISSA AUF DER MAUR is serving up her debut, Auf Der Maur, June 1. Test the waters with ”Followed the Waves.” AUFDERMAUR.COM/MUSIC.HTM

– Fluffy, puffy ’60s-style pop is the specialty of THE DELAYS. If the soaring ”Nearer Than Heaven” is any indication, their May 4 premiere, Faded Seaside Glamour, will be very much in vogue. ROUGHTRADERECORDS.COM

– Wistful for the days of asymmetrical haircuts? Get your cursor on I AM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER’s ”Future Sightings,” a synth-dance track from their June 29 release, The Cover Up. IAMLUXE.COM/WORLDTRADE

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