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Best of 2010: Albums #15-11

SUPERCHUNK Sept. 18 at Bowery Ballroom; Sept. 19

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Sept. 18 at Bowery Ballroom; Sept. 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg | Buy tickets
It's been nine years since the indie rock heroes last released a new album, but the excellent "Majesty Shredding" (in stores Sept. 14) may have made the wait, punctuated with occasional tours and the ongoing operations of Merge Records, worth it. The new songs will, no doubt, make the already mighty 'Chunk live show that much better. Credit: Jason Arthurs

#11. Superchunk

Welcome to the Backstage Pass year-end countdown. Happy holidays! This week, we'll be counting down the best albums of 2010 and next week we'll tackle the singles.

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15. Johnny Cash, “American VI: Ain't No Grave” (American/Lost Highway): " The Man in Black did not fade. He went down with grace and defiance and here's the proof.

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14. Jenny and Johnny, “I'm Having Fun Now” (Warner Bros.): Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice jangle their way through '80s “college rock” and “new country.”

13. Cee Lo Green, “The Lady Killer” (Elektra): So much more great new soul than that expletive-filled song, as if that wasn't enough.

12. Corinne Bailey Rae, “The Sea” (Capitol): Her sadness over the loss of her husband is palpable, but so is the joy of “Paris Nights/New York Mornings.”

11. Superchunk, “Majesty Shredding” (Merge): Yes, indie rockers grow up. And this is exactly what the great ones should sound like.

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