The new new thing: Benji Hughes

Who: Benji Hughes

Seven-word description: Detailed, witty narratives delivered over psychedelic electropop.

Should appeal to fans of: Beck, Flaming Lips, people with beer guts.

Isn't he on the same label as alt-country acts like Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle? Yes, but there's nothing twangy about Hughes. What he does share with his labelmates, though, is a gift for lyric writing.

Breakout CD: A Love Extreme

Release date/label: July 22/New West

Listen to the track "You Stood Me Up."

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