PRETTY HURTS: Self-titled: LP

A bit driving and a bit noisy, Pretty Hurts are serving up German punk rock with that American big rig bass sound and a tension that never breaks. Sparse, reverbed-out guitar give it that ‘80s darkness, a little surf, and a little Satan, you know? But like a sexy HBO-inspired Satan with good hair and a record collection packed with original pressing SST stuff, not gross like some greasy Unsolved Mysteries extra. Paint your nails black, dig that Powell Peralta out of storage, and give this baby a spin. –Candace Hansen (Rockstar)