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Chuck D: The Black in Man

Chuck D unleashes a brief but vital onslaught of old-school fury; it just might be the gutpunch today's scene desperately needs.

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Spitdigital

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Brian Setzer: Rockabilly Riot! All Original

It's a fine line between "retro" and "novelty", but no one walks it better than Brian Setzer.

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Surfdog, Inc.

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Natalie Merchant: Natalie Merchant

Get past the former Maniac's slick and tasteful adult contemporary sound and you'll find her most personal and compelling album in nearly two decades.

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Asia: Gravitas

Gravitas is pleasant enough, but with watered-down pomp and too much texture, the men of Asia don't bring enough heat to the moment.

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von Grey: Awakening

On their second EP, the four young sisters of Von Grey make a strange, joyful sound that maintains their Americana roots while diving into wonderful new waters.

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Marah: Marah Presents: Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania

A couple of hipsters write and record music to some old, unpublished folk lyrics. Sound familiar? Well, you ain't heard nothing yet.

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The Dollyrots: Barefoot and Pregnant

LA's favorite bubblegum punk duo deliver a deeply hooky, melodic, and wacky set of spiky anthems. Check your pulse if you don't find yourself bopping along.

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Arrested Youth / Hunnypot

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The Jezabels: The Brink

The Brink is a collection of arty, swirling dance pop-rock, but the songs ultimately collapse under their own weight.

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The Casket Girls: True Love Kills the Fairy Tale

You know how every John Hughes soundtrack has that one left-field New Wave song in the middle of the latter half? The Casket Girls turned that song into an album.

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Music VG Records, LLC

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Hunnypot Records

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Arrested Youth Records

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Matt Boroff: Sweet Hand of Fate

Sweet Hand of Fate is an irresistible, thundering blend of crunchy blues-rock and grungy beatnik solipsism.

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Dot Wiggin Band: Ready! Get! Go!

The lead singer of the Shaggs returns with a new band, but without the glorious dissonance provided by her sisters, Ready! Get! Go! will test your tolerance -- and not in a good way.

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Dum Dum Girls: Too True

Dum Dum Girls’ latest set of retro-rock is heavy on the formula, but who cares when the formula’s this good?

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Amy Ray: Goodnight Tender

Steeped in down-home honesty and southern empathy, Amy Ray's Goodnight Tender is as country as it gets. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

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Cosmic Psychos: Down on the Farm / Cosmic Psychos & Go the Hack!

Recently re-released by Goner Records, Down on the Farm/Cosmic Psychos documents the early "efforts" of off-putting Australian punks, while Go the Hack! captures the lads becoming rock stars.

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Goner / Aarght

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Lucy Wainwright Roche: There's a Last Time for Everything

There is nothing wrong with Lucy Wainwright Roche’s There’s a Last Time for Everything. But it might be a stronger album if there were.

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