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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

Originally posted Apr 16, 2004 Published in issue #760 Apr 16, 2004 Order article reprints

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