EW Staff
February 17, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Band of Skulls, Sweet Sour
They’re not quite the saviors of rock that the hype around their 2009 debut, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, promised them to be. But hey, it’s been a rough few years for long-haired, leather-jacket rock, and these Brits are still holding the Zippo-lighter torch aloft. B+Ray Rahman

Chip Tha Ripper, Tell Ya Friends
The Cleveland MC steps out from behind running mate Kid Cudi to take the big chair on his fourth and best mixtape. His secret weapon is his deceptively syrupy drawl, which glazes standout tracks like the laconic ”Cut It Out” and propulsive NBA Jam-sampling ”Boomshakalaka.” A-Kyle Anderson

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