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-- THE CURE's self-titled new CD veers between bouncy and droney. Despite its deceptive title, the not-yet-in-stores first single, ''The End of the World,'' falls into the former category. ITUNES.COM

-- Garage-rockers RAZORLIGHT (who have yet to release any music Stateside) are garnering Franz Ferdinand-level hype in their native U.K. The Kinks-like single ''Golden Touch'' hints at why. www.RAZORLIGHT.CO.UK

-- Though they hall from Las Vegas, Coachella vets THE KILLERS are also basking in U.K. buzz. The danceable ''Somebody Told Me'' showcases roots in new wave and Britpop. THEKILLERSMUSIC.COM

-- Dry your tears, phans: Before they depart, PHISH will release one last album, Undermind. The folk-rocker ''The Connection'' suggests a final attempt to condense their epic jams. REAL.COM/RHAPSODY

Originally posted Jun 11, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints

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