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Various Artists: Rave on Buddy Holly

This tribute collection of 19 covers of one of early rock's most influential pioneers features legends (Paul McCartney, Lou Reed), indie A-listers (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, She & Him), and -- would you believe? -- Kid Rock.

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Tired Pony: The Place We Ran From

A stellar group of backing musicians, including members of R.E.M., Belle and Sebastian, Editors, and She & Him, isn't enough to overcome bland songwriting on this disappointing effort led by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.

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She & Him: Volume One

It's all great fun, but spending so much time flitting from one role to another seems to prevent Deschanel from finding her own voice, and together the band rarely transcends the cloak of their influences.

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