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'America Is Not the Heart' Offers Hope Within Its Defiance

Elaine Castillo's debut is a rich and disturbing banquet of the Filipino immigrant experience in America.

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Sara Bareilles: What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

Fans of Sara Bareilles will want more than a slice of her in What's Inside: Song from Waitress, a more than fair record from the talented musician.

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High on Fire: Luminiferous

Thunderous riffs and relentless rhythms aside, Luminiferous is truly shaped by the vastly improved vocal melodies.

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The Beach Boys: Made in California

A wonderful tribute to the most influential and ambitious American pop group of all time.

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King Washington: The Gears

The Gears, King Washington's debut LP, is a smart collection of songs that gives a modern edge to a very prominent '60s pop influence.

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T.S. Bonniwell: Close

The garage rocker who went in for strings and faded into obscurity.

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Mikal Cronin: Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin a master of crafting the impressionistic pop gem -- accessible, catchy, ambrosial, and evocative -- and that's a rare and peculiar talent.

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This First In-Depth Examination of Jazz Icon 'Carla Bley' was Worth the Wait

Carla Bley never sacrifices depth for the sake of accessibility and never delves so deep as to become inaccessible.

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Amp Live: Murder at the Discotech

With a strong lineup of guests and a bounty of ideas, this DJ's solo effort should be a sure-fire winner. His experimentation lays a foundation for the future.

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The Soft Pack: The Soft Pack

Formerly known as the Muslims, this four-piece grow into their new name on their second LP with their unique brand of beach-y, garage-punk undercut by a heavy dose of dry and dark sarcasm.

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