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Charlemagne: We Can Build an Island

The word "boring" seems like such a harsh way to describe a band.

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The Octopus Project: Hello Avalanche

Instrumental music for the MTV-raised, ADHD-infected, Architecture in Helsinki-loving indie popster.

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Spiral Beach: Ball

Toronto's most exuberant, silly, gleeful, infectiously bouncy, dance-friendly, absurdist, lovable, teenage, new-wavy electro-pop.

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OK Ikumi: Spirits

All beeps and bleeps, electronic squiggles, crunchy bass synths and wistful lyrics, OK Ikumi's debut is as charming as it is long.

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Shooting Spires: Shooting Spires

Parts & Labor bassist B.J. Warshaw strikes out on his own to indulge his love for muddy production and PC-based bedroom-pop.

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Orion Rigel Dommisse: What I Want from You is Sweet

Given a little patience, Dommisse's medieval-inspired folk music reveals a dark and twisted fairy tale world.

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All Night Chemists: Spots

Brooklyn's All Night Chemists might not be a Britpop band, but they do a decent impression of one.

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The Color Wheels: The Color Wheels

The Color Wheels will make you wonder why you never listen to your favourite Weezer album anymore.

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Phonograph: Hiawatha Talking Machine

Brooklyn-based alt.country crooners look to follow up on the success of their "stellar debut" with a new five-song EP.

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White Shoes and the Couples Company: White Shoes and the Couples Company

White Shoes and the Couples Company are like six modern-day East Asian Burt Bacharachs, drowning their songs in woodwinds and strings, "doo-doos" and "ba-dahs".

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The Tambourines: Sally OGannon

So what if the Tambourines sound a lot like a lot of British bands from ten years ago? Why does that have to be a bad thing?

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The Wombats: The Wombats

An EP of dance-happy songs about 20-something girls by 20-something boys who don't understand them.

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White Rabbits: Fort Nightly

Fort Nightly has a bit of a twist that makes it more than just another forgettable album of perfectly competent dance-happy hipster-rock.

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Carbon Dating Service: Polyentendrii

Gentle, folksy Saskatoon pop that likes to think big.

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Clare and the Reasons: The Movie

Guest appearances by Sufjan Stevens and Van Dyke Parks help make The Movie the kind of record you could fall in love to.

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Hes a Rebel by Mark Ribowsky

Ribowsky sees the tragic truth of the story that he's telling: Phil Spector is a terrible man who made wonderful music.

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Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears: The Shredding Tears

There are precious few albums that truly and honestly deserve to be called masterpieces. Bryan Scary's debut is one of them.

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Little Name: How to Swin and Live

I don't think I've made it through Little Name's debut record once without thinking for at least a second that I was listening to Tigermilk or The Boy with the Arab Strap.

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The Golden Dogs: Big Eye Little Eye

If you're a fan of raucous, raunchy indie rock records, then Big Eye Little Eye might just be the album for you.

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LadybiRdS: Regional Community Theatre

Tyler Pursel, keyboardist for the Gym Class Heroes indulges his love for Cyndi Lauper and the Postal Service with a sugar-coated, dance-happy album of electronic squiggles and bleeps.

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Deleted Waveform Gatherings: Complicated View

Don't let their math-rock band name fool you -- these Norwegians are all about '70s-style rock and roll.

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The Velcro Stars: Hiroshimas Revenge

Jangly, '90s-style power-pop walks the fine line between annoying and endearing.

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Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This

The Aussie indie-poppers are back -- and this time they want to make you dance.

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Booker T. & the MGs: The Very Best of Booker T. & the MGs

The Funk Brothers of Stax were about more than just "Green Onions".

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