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Snow Patrol: Songs for Polarbears

These newly-expanded reissues from Snow Patrol's salad days make a smarter, more satisfying alternative to Eyes Open.

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C-Mone: The Butterfly Effect

There's a young butterfly in Nottingham spreading her wings, and she's on a mission to make her presence felt around the globe.

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan: Life and Death (And Almost Everything Else)

One-third funny haha, one-third funny strange, and another third poignant and sad.

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The Procussions: 5 Sparrows for 2 Cents

Remember when Rawkus Records had the great hip-hop music with substance? The Procussions aren't it.

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22 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Keane: Under the Iron Sea

Everything new is old again.

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Norfolk & Western: A Gilded Age

The troubles of the modern world, reflected in a thrift-store mirror with a gilded frame.

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22 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Wilders: Throw Down

A fine substitute for a live concert from Kansas City's finest hillbilly string band.

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The Forecast: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen

The Illinois underdogs turn down the angst and turn up the charm on a real beauty of a sophomore album.

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22 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: GommaGang 3

There's an alternate universe somewhere wherein disco is actively celebrated as a vital forebearer for modern dance music -- and it is this alternate universe that Gomma calls home.

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Paula Kelley: Some Suckers Life, Pt. 1

Amid the pros and cons, artists release their demos and "lost" recordings. The results are sometimes good, sometimes not. Let's talk about a collection you might like.

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The Submarines: Declare a New State

You could think of The Submarines as the diametric opposite of Jens Lekman. The former -- together, turning even lost love into happiness; the latter -- alone, managing to turn a sweet summer's night into a dense bed of sorrows.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dinosaur Jr.: Green Mind

Cleaned up a little but raging, alienated and freakin' loud as ever, J makes his uneasy peace with mass distribution.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Witch: Witch

Backward-looking heavy metal that stares its own ridiculousness in the face and never cracks a smile, but does churn out a mean groove.

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The Crooked Jades: World’s on Fire

There's a depth of quality, performance, and passion that makes this release a cross-generational, cross-genre charmer.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Girl Talk: Night Ripper

Sampling over 160 bands and artists on the new album, Girl Talk continues to push his way out of the space between DJ mix and mash-up and into territory all his own.

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Rhonda Vincent: All American Bluegrass Girl

Rhondomon: Inscrutable perspectives on a self-proclaimed All-American Bluegrass Girl... or, is there anyone who's really good? Maybe goodness is just make-believe.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shot X Shot: Shot X Shot

Five sustained extended performances, melodic, sensitive to timbre and phrasing, but improvised music of a demanding sort by two ace saxophonists, with bass and drums to match.

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20 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Diana Ross: blue

In an age where every other veteran artist seems to tackle the "Great American Songbook", Blue illustrates that Diana Ross met that challenge long before... and won.

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Thursday: A City By the Light Divided

Thursday makes a return with a melodic tour de force that's barely held back from emocore classic status. Not bad for a band that was about to break up before recording.

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Various Artists: Global Underground 10

Although it's still mostly an underground concern, you can walk into any Best Buy or Circuit City around the country and find the latest Global Underground mix. This is certainly progress, of a sort.

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