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Judas Priest: The Essential Judas Priest

In the early 1980s, Judas Priest's brand of metal was punk for most Americans, the music you played to give the finger to the mainstream.

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Beatnik Filmstars: In Great Shape

The world has changed in the seven years since the Filmstars' last record, but their knack for turning out lo-fi pop gems remains unerring. Plus: a hip-hop influence!

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Daedelus: Daedelus Denies the Day’s Demise

A strong enough contender that it could conceivably be a breakout record for both artist and label.

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23 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Herbert: Scale

Is Scale Matthew Herbert's masterpiece, or just his latest masterpiece?

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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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