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The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths

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Deluge Grander: The Form of the Good

For progressive rock fans who could do without the words, Deluge Grander delivers with a complex, instrumental rock symphony on The Form of the Good.

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Trashcan Sinatras: In the Music

Post-Smiths Scottish jangle-poppers continue to age gracefully with their lovely new album.

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Lo-Five

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Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

Costello's latest completes his trio of 2000s Americana albums. Though enjoyable enough, it is the weakest of the three.

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Coachella 2009: A Musical Oasis

Under the searing sun of the California desert, Coachella shines through again as one of the nation's best music fests…

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Super Furry Animals: Dark Days/Light Years

Veteran Welsh psych-pop quintet continue to evolve, while revisiting the tripped-out, up-tempo sounds of their early days.

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Willie Nile: House of a Thousand Guitars

New York rocker and singer-songwriter Willie Nile unleashes another great set of songs you'll swear you already know.

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The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage (DVD)

The world's best bar band kick out the joys in this live CD/documentary DVD package.

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Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Goodnight Oslo

For his second outing with the Venus 3, Robyn Hitchcock both tightens up his songs and adds to his arrangements with vocal harmonies and horns. The result is another winner.

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The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2008

Former (or current) members of the Dream Syndicate, Fleetwood Mac, and the Wallflowers are just a few of the best singer-songwriters stepping out on their own this year.

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Cheap Trick: Budokan!: 30th Anniversary Edition

One of rock's all-time classic concert LPs is expanded, remastered, redoubled, posterized, essayfied, and videotastically ultra-enhanced. In a word: Budokan!

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The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths

The Smiths "re-package" themselves on this definitive single-disc encapsulation of one of the '80s best underground bands. A two-CD deluxe edition adds rarities, worthy b-sides, and some great album tracks.

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Podington Bear: The End

Lap-pop bliss, the delightful eighth stage of grief.

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The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium

This rousing and rocking complete live show from 1982 finally affords Clash fans the full concert experience.

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James: Hey Ma

After a seven year hiatus, James sound revived and hungry again on Hey Ma.

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Pleased to Meet 'Em: The Replacements' Sire Years

Rhino reissues the second half of the Replacements' discography, from the mid-'80s masterpiece Tim to their laid-back 1990 swan song, All Shook Down.

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Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

Melodically strong and flat-out enjoyable from start to finish, That Lucky Old Sun is Brian Wilson's love letter to a bygone Southern California and his best freshly-penned album in over 40 years.

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Old Man Luedecke: Proof of Love

The Canadian banjo player and singer-songwriter's sophomore album takes rural Americana north of the border.

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Willie Nile: Live from the Streets of New York

Journeyman rock singer-songwriter Willie Nile follows his excellent third comeback album, Streets of New York, with its punchy and energetic live counterpart.

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The Ones: The Ones

"Flawless", maybe, but The Ones aren't particularly fun, fabulous, or fresh.

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Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville

Liz Phair's smart, daring, vulnerable, sexy, iconic debut album of DIY indie rock and next-gen feminism, Exile in Guyville, is remastered and appended with a few mediocre bonus tracks and a mixed-bag DVD documentary.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More

OMD's classic lineup reunites for a rearranged live take on their 1981 masterpiece. The reinterpretation succeeds, while the ensuing hit parade merely suffices.

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