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Mahogany: Connectivity!

If you thought that dream-pop was dead, or even sick, Mahogany do their hazy atmospheric best to keep the dream alive.

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Trainwreck Riders: Lonely Road Revival

If you can still remember how great an imperfect country/rock record made by a band dripping with potential and energy can be, then Lonely Road Revival is a refreshing slap in the face.

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Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career

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Persephones Bees: Notes from the Underground

A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.

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Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther

Is it a concept album? Is it a rock opera? It doesn't matter because ultimately this is one of the best albums of 2006.

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Irving: Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers

An album full of worthy successors to the pop rock legacy of The Cars. All in all, a pitch perfect soundtrack to summer.

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Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You

Mojave 3 sheds some of their signature weepy melancholy for an album more pop than country.

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Enablers: Output Negative Space

A muscular, adventurous rock record that grits its teeth, sticks a finger in your face and dares you to notice that the vocalist isn't singing.

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The Court and Spark: Hearts

Yet another set of songs in the key of moody California Americana from a band that decided not to stray too far from the comforts of formula.

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The Moore Brothers: Murdered by the Moore Brothers

Staying closely aligned with the guitar and vocal style of their forebears serves the Moore Brothers well on their latest album of pure folk pop songs.

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Centro-matic: Fort Recovery

In the 10th year of Centro-matic's illustrious career the Denton, TX band gives us their finest outing to date. It is what Centro-matic has always been capable of and the band absolutely nails it.

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Charlemagne: Detour Allure

Sadly missing on most best of 2005 lists it may not be cutting edge but it is so well done that it deserves some recognition as indie pop done right.

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Field Notes: Color of Sunshine

An up and down record that alternately excites and disappoints.

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East River Pipe: What Are You On?

A druggy set of songs crammed with unfulfilled potential.

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Paul Duncan: Be Careful What You Call Home

An album that walks a tightrope between melody and off kilter experimentation with satisfying results and unexpected success.

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Matt Pond PA: Several Arrows Later

A middle of the road batch of well-constructed pop songs that will disappear in a puff of musical notes seconds after they're played.

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Harvey Danger: Little by Little

The band that gave us a ubiquitous late '90s hit (which we shall not name) returns with a piano heavy album of clever, literate pop songs.

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Metric: Live It Out

On their second album Metric sounds a bit ticked off at the world. Can you blame them?"

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Marah: If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry

The kids in Philly are back with their most assured, fun and engaging slab of urbanized heartland rock since, well, Kids in Philly.

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dios (malos): dios (malos)

Hawthorne, California's dios (malos) create a rich set of pop songs, but leave their hijinks and quirks behind due to producer Phil Ek's indie-pop knob twiddling.

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Minus Story: No Rest For Ghosts

Lawrence, Kansas locals make good on the promise of their last EP. Really good.

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Madness: The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1

The Nutty Boys do more than trot out rubbish in an effort to make some easy coin, they give us a record worth listening to and a reminder of why we loved them in the first place.

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