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Scott H. Biram: Bad Ingredients

One rarely feels so much energy and solidarity in loneliness and despair than when one listens to Scott H. Biram's music, not the least in Bad Ingredients. His fourth album for Bloodshot Records is also one of the year's best.

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Black Lips Arabia Mountain

On their sixth studio album, produced by Mark Ronson, Black Lips demonstrate they can mature without growing up, and have made their best album to date.

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Le Concorde: House

As smart and fun as your ideal date, if you can allow yourself to revel in its uber-production

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Le Grand Magistry

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Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Medicine County

This partly dark country blues album is competent, creative, and fun, though its frequent ironic tone makes one wonder if this is flirtation or love.

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Transdreamer

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Damaged Goods

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Transdreamer Records

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: The Road

The Road offers emotive compositions that are a pleasure to contemplate in their own lone, spectacular depression.

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Mute U.S./EMI Australia

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Laura Veirs: July Flame

Richly textured, full of orchestral flourishes, and yet often beautifully simple.

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SXSW 2010: But Can It Be Monetized?

After five days of sun, beer, panel discussions and performances from sun up 'til sun up, what have we learned? Brand yourself, exploit social media, and make some music once in a while.

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SXSW Industry and Culture Dispatch: The Future of Online Music Videos

Label reps and video distributor executives share their hopes about the potential of music videos, everywhere and anywhere: monetize, monetize, monetize.

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SXSW Panels: This Is Contemporary Music Industry and Culture

The first day exceeded all expectations. Though several new unsigned, or recently signed artists, had been heard, the day started with the music industry conference.

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Arrival in Austin: Warmup for Music Day 1

Before taking the plunge, Jayson Harsin visits an Austin institution. Follow Jayson's SXSW adventures on Twitter: @JaysonHarsin.

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Raven Marching Band

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The Slits: Trapped Animal

The expected socially conscious themes are supported by more polished punk-reggae styles and vocals, as well as newer dubiously successful electronic experiments, but are plagued by clumsily wrought lyrics.

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Narnack

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Narnack Records

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Sweet Nothing

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I See a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist's illustrated, partly fictional biography, of Johnny Cash follows a mostly well-trod narrative path, sometimes repainting it in a striking style.

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