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Nouela: Chants

What seems simple and painfully austere on the first listen becomes bitterly emotional by the third or fourth. As long as Johnston continues to provide us with more lonely, yet rousing, sinuous jazz songs, we will be “suckers for her sorrow.”

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Gangstagrass: Rappalachia

If you were hoping for Tupac’s edgy poetics blended with Bill Monroe’s “ole-time fiddlin’” and “high lonesome sound”, you will likely be disappointed.

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Kat Edmonson: Way Down Low

With a refined talent, Kat Edmonson gives listeners dreamy pop melodies mingled in old time jazz tunes as she muses from a ragbag of artists including Joni Mitchell, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Billie Holiday.

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Trampled by Turtles: Stars and Satellites

Like the soft, warm flicker of flames in a fireplace, this album will take you in. Laced together with a balanced mix of both steady and fast-paced songs, these songs dress bluegrass up with traces of classic rock, old country, and new folk.

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Avec Avec: Plastic Soul Redux

Plastic Soul Redux is a psychedelic-nerdy hybrid of elevator music, fusing everything from anime voices and painful video game sound effects to groovy synth riffs and choppy bass beats.

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Spinnerette

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Elfin Saddle: Devastates

Elfin Saddle has been taking their listeners off the beaten path since their debut album Ringing for the Begin Again , released by Canadian label Constellation in 2009. Now with Devastates, the band proves they are not only off the beaten path, but for them, there is no path at all.

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Plankton Wat: Spirits

Initially this record sounds like something you would pick up in a head shop or maybe even a disc you would find in that instrumental section near the greeting cards in a Target or Wal-Mart. But to leave Spirits there would perhaps be a little unfair….

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Thirty Tigers/RED

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Troublemen: An Interview with Electric Guest

A happenstance acquisition of Danger Mouse's bedroom has lead the Electric Guest to achieve national acclaim, a Danger Mouse-produced album, and a dynamic new sound that people are swooning over. The duo sits down with PopMatters to tell us all about it ...

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White Rabbits: Milk Famous

Running free with eclectic percussion sounds and choppy piano riffs, this album is where blue-eyed soul, Radiohead, Spoon, punk, and ska revival all come out to play, and, surprisingly, all these sounds play nice together; this album is a satisfying musical experience.

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Kendl Winter: The Mechanics of Hovering Flight

With ties to the Pacific Northwest and allusions southern folk and bluegrass, The Mechanics of Hovering Flight is flowing with jovial banjo riffs and springy snare beats. Simple and rustic, these songs were crafted out of sheer joy and the cherished moments of everyday life.

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POPO: Dope Boy Majick

Essentially, POPO has mixed several different genres together to achieve a singular sound—and that sound repeatedly fashions an infant-hipster version of Korn.

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