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Dan Mangan: Oh Fortune

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter's ambitious latest makes a good case for an artist recognizing their limitations.

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Funeral Songs: The Music of 'Six Feet Under'

Two specific sequences from two separate episodes of Six Feet Under illustrate the show's complex and sophisticated use of popular music as both dramatic dramatic device and cultural signifier.

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Mates of State: Mountaintops

Indie rock's favourite husband and wife act tinker with expanding their sound on their sixth album of original material, with uneven results.

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Tommy Keene: Behind the Parade

Nearly 30 years into his career, Tommy Keene keeps on cranking out guitar pop masterworks to too little notice or acclaim.

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100 Essential Directors - Ethan and Joel Coen

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

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An Horse: Walls

1990s alt-rock-evoking Australian duo go a little too uniform on their sophomore release.

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Code Pie: Love Meets Rage

Lush Montreal outfit travels all over the place on adventurous third outing.

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13 & God: Own Your Ghost

Second, unexpected collaboration between the members of Themselves and the Notwist offers enjoyable, though somewhat more predictable, rewards.

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Holy Ghost!: Holy Ghost!

New York duo signed to James Murphy's DFA label use 21st century genre-bending innovations to make music firmly rooted in the past.

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Paris Suit Yourself: My Main Shitstain

Think My Main Shitstain is a horrible album title? Wait 'til you hear the music.

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The Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck

The ever-prolific and always compelling John Darnielle returns with another batch of songs haunted in ways both literal and metaphorical.

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The Joy Formidable: The Big Roar

Much-buzzed Welsh trio takes its sweet time making their full length debut, and delivers fully on their early promise.

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Sick of Sarah: 2205

Here's the band that your Ke$ha and Katy Perry-loving daughters and little sisters should be looking up to.

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Adele: 21

The shining light of the current generation of young British female singers hires a bank of producers and co-writers to help out with her sophomore release, and gets predictably uneven results.

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Willie Wright: Telling The Truth

Archival label The Numero Group rescues lost album by forgotten 70s soul crooner and gives it the usual labor of love treatment.

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Neil Hamburger: Hot February Night

Audience-baiting, bad-joke-telling comedian Neil Hamburger releases early-2007 stand-up appearance perhaps all too belatedly.

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Tomboyfriend: Don't Go to School

Oddball Toronto outfit has little regard for rules, but much for melody.

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Perfume Genius: Learning

Young songwriter turns misspent youth into a set of intimate and genuinely original songs on startling (if flawed) debut.

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Cee-Lo Green: The Lady Killer

The man behind The Single of the Year plays it smooth but a little too safe on his accompanying full length.

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Rasputina: Sister Kinderhook

Melora Creager offers up the seventh album of her uniquely ornate mix of historical fetishism and cello-based rock music.

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Jimmy Eat World: Invented

Nearly a decade removed from the mainstream breakthrough of Bleed American, Jimmy Eat World craft yet another solid album of their distinctive brand of guitar-pop.

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Amelia Curran: Hunter, Hunter

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter offers up a fifth album of mainly simple, plainspoken pleasures.


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