Raise Your Weapon
Label: Virgin Records
After a year turning up everywhere from the Olympics to Gossip Girl, Toronto's Deadmau5 -- primed for the limelight -- returns with the follow-up to 2009's For Lack of a Better Name. Despite the exposure and the attempt at math, not so much has changed: he's still at his best with charging electro-techno and insidious riffs, not so much with the radio choruses and aggro female rapping. Instead of meeting the people halfway, he'd be better off making them come to him, because his big-tent grooves are powerful enough on their own terms.