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Radney Foster: This World We Live In

Like both Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, Foster's music is stripped down with a southern twang that more tightly ties it to the country camp than country-rock bands like The Eagles or alt.country poster boy Ryan Adams.

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Reckless Kelly: Wicked Twisted Road

Reckless Kelly proves to be a fine-tuned precision machine, with all parts working in tandem to produce a solid, often breathtaking, piece of alt-country beauty.

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Bruce Springsteen: Devils & Dust

It is, by turns, a country record, a folk record and even a bit of a rock record. It is thick with atmosphere, awash in violence and a shadowy mythology redolent of the Old West.

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Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History by Devin McKinney

McKinney sets out to re-place the greatest band in rock and roll history within the context of the volatile time in which the band exploded into the public consciousness, changing the band, its four members and everyone forever.

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Various Artists: Give 'Em the Boot IV

Hit-and-miss punk compilation often chooses empty aggression over the grace and commitment of the genre's hallmarks.

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Charlie Robison: Good Times

Charlie Robison's gritty, heartbreaking music stands apart from the country-radio crowd.

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Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express: Turn the Pigeons Loose

Shows Prophet in fine form and in full command of his mix of blues, country, folk, and whatever else the West Coast musician feels like tossing in.

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R.E.M.

reaffirms relevance.

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The Ramones: An Appreciation

The Sex Pistols would sing of 'no future' with rage and desperation, wearing their fury against adult culture and the failing English economy as a badge; the Ramones turned their alienation into a joke.

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Steve Earle: The Revolution Starts... Now

The release of this record two and a half months before we have to enter the voting booths should offer solace and inspiration to those ready to act.

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Ray Charles: An American Genius

Ray Charles took nothing from no one, staking his claim to the world, thriving despite his blindness to become one of a handful of truly legendary and groundbreaking artists in the history of music. Rest in peace, Brother Ray.

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