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These tracks were in heavy rotation in our iPod this week. What MP3s are topping your iTunes playlist?

Local Rock | Irving
Download: I Can't Fall In Love
From: I Hope You're Feeling Better Now.
With a lyrical nod to Silver Lake and a song that any lovelorn Angeleno can relate to, Irving's "I Can't Fall In Love" is hard to resist. Check out free streams on myspace.
Electronica | Cut Copy
Download: Future
From: Bright Like Neon Love.
Play this after a night on the town. Cut Copy pulls inspiration from 80s synth and 90s techno, but has a sophistication that warrants a return listen.
Rock | Franz Ferdinand
Download: Do You Want To
From: You Could Have it So Much Better.
After a few listens, the answer to the title will be an emphatic "yes." Ferdinand's latest offering is, in a word, infectious. You'll either thank us or curse us for suggesting it.
Alternative | Fiona Apple
Download: title track
From: Extraordinary Machine.
This track is quirky and uncharacteristically optimistic. It reveals that Apple can do more than brood. Extraordinary Machine also shows off her vocal chops, which are formidable indeed.
80s/90s Retro | INXS
Download: Need You Tonight
From: KICK.
Blame it on CBS, blame it on nostalgia... but we still love old school INXS. While some people may be digging Pretty Vegas, we still think there's no replacement for Michael.