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Jimmy Eat World

The first night of a tenth-anniversary tour in which the band played their landmark album Clarity in its entirety.

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Starsailor: All the Plans

Another solid offering from the most consistent of Britain’s earnest pop troupes.

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Joe Bonamassa: The Ballad of John Henry

A stirring argument for the continuing vitality of the blues.

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The Number Twelve Looks Like You: Worse Than Alone

You’ll take a licking. Will you keep on ticking?

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Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Zaraza

Looks like “Amsterdam” and “klezmer” do belong together, after all.

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Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

Beguiling beauty and powerful pipes can’t save Case’s latest from feeling like a disappointment.

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Green River Ordinance: Out of My Hands

The future of melodic rock, given a little luck and a lot of cash.

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Tyrone Wells: Remain

A musical chameleon changes colors again, but not well enough to blend in with the scenery.

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Diplo: Decent Work for Decent Pay

It goes in so many different directions that it’s hard to tell what, exactly, Diplo is trying to accomplish by putting it all here in one place.

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Miranda Lee Richards: Light of X

Eight years hasn’t gone by quite as fast as you think.

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Duncan Sheik: Whisper House

A concept album from a pop survivor. Great concept, but the “album” part falls short.

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Copper Sails: Hiding Place

Virginia stalwarts release their best yet.

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The Derek Trucks Band: Already Free

After years of wandering the globe musically, Trucks returns home and finds his soul. Not that he ever lost it...

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Chopteeth: Afrofunk Big Band

A sure hit with fans of funk and Fela, but a bit trying for anyone who’s not looking to be preached to.

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The Graduate: Anhedonia

The Graduate released one of the best, and most overlooked, albums of 2007. It surely would have ended up on scads of end-of-year lists, if anyone had actually heard it.

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The Fabulous Counts: Jan Jan

Hot, funky Detroit soul album finally sees a re-release forty years later. What took them so long?

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The Age of Rockets: Hannah

These heartstring-tugging glitch-poppers make a decent effort, but they can’t seem to get out from under the Postal Service’s shadow.

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Switchfoot: The Best Yet

Solid best-of package from the Christian crossover outfit frames the band’s past 11 years nicely, if not perfectly.

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