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Patent Pending: Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine

Patent Pending keeps it simple and slightly stupid, but nonetheless fun.

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Matisyahu: Youth

Youth may not be Matisyahu's second album, but it's still a sophomore slump.

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The Slackers: Peculiar

The Slackers establish a new benchmark for modern ska. And it's not just for the skankers.

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Various Artists: Bay Area Funk 2

Fifteen rare and underground funk and soul tracks recorded in the Bay Area during the '60s and '70s. If that description sounds good, the album sounds better.

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Joseph Israel: Gone Are the Days

Joseph Israel's debut splits the difference between Judaism and roots reggae, Jamaica and Arkansas.

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Greg Summerlin: The Young Meteors

On his sophomore effort, pop-rocker Greg Summerlin offers simple pleasures with a fatal flaw.

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Hamell on Trial: Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs

Newfound fatherhood fuels Hamell on Trial's fun, yet uneven follow-up to 2003's excellent Tough Love.

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Tristeza: A Colores

As befalls the fate of so much post-rock, repetition without innovation becomes stagnation.

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Tom Brosseau: What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye

These songs are grounded in the reality of life, reducing complex ideas to the simpler terms in which we process them.

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Electric Desert Refugees

Melding aboriginal rhythms of the Sahara with raw electric blues, Tinariwen spreads the rallying cry of the oppressed Tuareg people.

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Buckethead and Friends: Enter the Chicken

One of the strangest personas in rock also wields one of the meanest guitars... and this time he brought friends.

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Green Day: Bullet in a Bible [CD + DVD]

Proof that Green Day are one of the world's best and biggest rock bands -- no qualifiers necessary.

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Hella: Concentration Face/Homeboy

Noise rock duo Hella refuse to relent on new DVD/EP combo.

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