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Big Fresh: Big Fresh Forever

The record amounts to an exuberant love letter addressed from a stable of hard-working, veteran musicians (the band has been making albums for over a decade) to some of the quirkiest and most innovative pop/rock acts of the last few decades.

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Rocco DeLuca and the Burden: Mercy

The music on DeLuca's second album with his band the Burden is so good it doesn't need to be rescued by Jack Bauer. This is a first-rate soul record which charms the listener more and more with each successive spin.

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Mouthful of Bees: Mouthful of Bees

Soaring, layered harmonies intermingle with wandering instrumentals, swinging percussion and sharp guitar work on this self-titled collection of twelve songs.

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Greater California: All the Colors

All the Colors not only relays the carefree spirit of the season in requisite, buoyant, Brian Wilson-esque tones, but it captures the idle moments and lazy lulls which summer brings.

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Here Holy Spain: Manic

Each of the album's ten songs is delivered with an immediacy, an earnestness and an energy that augments the band's skill and amplifies the strength of their presence.

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Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey: Here and Now

The foundation on which Holsapple and Stamey have long built their work (a tremendous sense of melody, almost-familial harmonies) is ever-present here.

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Carbon Leaf: Nothing Rhymes with Woman

Those already predisposed to liking the band's blend of infectious melodies, affirming lyrics and frat-folk will again be pleased. Listeners asking for a bit more may find the record a mixed bag.

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Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses: Roadhouse Sun

Yes, this is the thinking man's honky-tonk music.

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David Berkeley: Strange Light

Berkeley's songs go down easy but remain and resonate in the soul long after the last strains of Strange Light have faded away.

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The Low Frequency In Stereo: Futuro

Nearly every track is a tribute to the band's ability to match their remarkable versatility with equal portions of clarity of vision and generosity of spirit.

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The Photo Atlas: To Silently Provoke the Ghost

Volatile and captivating, this Denver act packs every second of their newest EP with musical and emotional intensity.

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The Traditionist: Season to Season

With a love for luminaries like Dylan, Van Morrison, and Simon & Garfunkel Barro seeks to "acknowledge and update" their music.

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Hotels: Where Hearts Go Broke

Hotels come off like the ultimate '80s soundtrack band, something akin to a cross between the dreamy haze of M83 and the angsty garage rock of The Strokes.

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Youth Group: The Night Is Ours

Youth Group seems an almost perfect bridge between the gloomier, more darkly melodic pop bands of the '80s and the grandly ambitious Brit-rock acts of the past decade.

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The Bran Flakes: I Have Hands

Bright, upbeat and funky (though far less club-friendly), Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt of the Bran Flakes come across like Girl Talk's Greg Ellis' older, more-eccentric uncle with a penchant for collecting obscure sonic references.

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Peter Joseph Head: Normal Ours

According to the album's press release, Head is attempting to document "…the search for the sublime in the mundane;" in writing an album full of carefree buoyancy, Head has, at the least, succeeded in introducing a few sublime moments into the life of the listener.

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Horde of Two: Guitar & Bass Actions

Collectively, the pair has combined to record the aptly-titled Guitar & Bass Actions, an entirely instrumental album that sets them up as an antithesis to the White Stripes.

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Various Artists: Dorm Sessions 6

Dorm Sessions 6 gives the savvy listener a chance to get in on the ground floor before these young musicians' stock begins to rise.

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Cameron Matthews: green.blue.white

The St. Louis native seems almost incomparable, hard to peg down, showcasing an eccentric style and a worldliness that belies his age.

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Willie Breeding: Cheap Vodka Rain

Cheap Vodka Rain is a collection of eleven songs with enough twang to produce a few tears in a few people's beers yet Breeding and his band never skimp on the rock and roll.

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Gaby Hernandez: When Love

Hernandez and her musical associates take musical strands of all sorts and delicately weave them together, creating a record that is gentle, subdued and, in its best moments, quite lovely.

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