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Various Artists: Stax Does the Beatles

Soulsville USA shows its relevance outside of Memphis with a pair of releases from Stax artists covering London and Detroit in their gritty soul sound.

Dara Kartz
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Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing

Fuck Buttons offer a delightful and frightening wall of sound that will guarantee you're never sure of which side you're on.

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Little Beirut: High Dive

Apparently, this Portland, Oregon quartet is not the sort to beat around the bush.

Dara Kartz
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Carla Thomas: Live at the Bohemian Caverns

Forty years later, the undisputed Queen of Memphis Soul finally gets her album debut as a jazz singer.

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The Ghost Is Dancing: The Darkest Spark

You've got to hand it to those Canadians... they really have the indie-rock collective thing down.

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Bob Dylan: DYLAN

Dylan masterpieces will always be masterpieces regardless of how many times we're fed the same songs, but enough already.

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Wattstax (Various Artists): Wattstax

The Wattstax deluxe box set is a true reminder of the force of Stax Records, and includes the necessary additions that offer a more complete snapshot of a pivotal moment in African-American culture.

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Ani DiFranco: Canon

The self-described "little folksinger" busts out the musical yearbooks for a captivating look back that goes beyond the typical "greatest hits" compilation.

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Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew: Spirit If…

Broken Social Scene co-founder takes his moment in the spotlight and creates a new level of branding for the indie kids.

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The Hentchmen: Hentch-Forth.Five

With or without Jack White, there was magic in those Detroit garages.

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William Bell: The Very Best of William Bell

This Very Best Of is a great reminder of the mind-blowing soul and R&B catalogue of Stax Records and, even more importantly, a proper reminder of one of the label's most underrated artists.

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Guns N Roses: DVD Collectors Box [DVD]

There are legions of hardcore G N' R fans roaming the world today, still ranting and raving about arguably the biggest and best contemporary rock band.

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Ca$his: The County Hound EP

New addition to the Shady Records roster is now formally introduced.

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Young Galaxy: Swing Your Heartache

Young Galaxy is the latest signing of Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, made well known now by their first signing, Broken Social Scene.

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Gym Class Heroes: As Cruel As School Children

MTV loves these guys, and why not? They're quirky, energetic, and offer an easy-to-swallow version of alternative hip-hop for the kids of today.

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FemBots: The City

What started years ago as a home-studio pastime between two friends ultimately evolved into an engaging album of ten highly textured alt-country tracks that still feature the duo's usual quirkiness, but is subdued by all the greatest elements of rock, folk and country.

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The DTs: Nice n Ruff

All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.

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Andre Ethier: secondathallam

Former Deadly Snakes front man trades in bar brawling for barstool lament on love.

Dara Kartz
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Mayday!: Mayday!

Miami rap-duo reached online star status with a video for the single that became a YouTube phenomenon literally overnight.

Dara Kartz
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Matt Mays & El Torpedo: Matt Mays & El Torpedo

It's the sort of timeless music that the guys at university campus bars think sounds really good after chugging back some Labatt Ice.

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Brent Gorton: Brent Gorton

Typical lo-fi fare given just enough edge by a dose of innovation.

Dara Kartz

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