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Masked Intruder: M.I.

While hardline punkers may take exception, the cross-pollination of the songs herein with doo-wop and classic R&B makes the M.I kool-aid go down a bit smoother than you might expect.

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Jon Langford and Skull Orchard: Here Be Monsters

Those that didn’t enjoy Skull Orchard before won’t be won over, but it doesn’t change the fact that those naysayers have conspicuously terrible taste.

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In De Goot

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Banner Pilot: Souvenir

There's nothing groundbreaking from Minnesota punk rockers Banner Pilot on their fourth album, but it's a solid release from a solid bunch of dudes.

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Cheap Girls: Famous Graves

Lovers of guitar-driven rock music looking for a smoother Two Cow Garage or more stripped down the Hold Steady would do well to visit Famous Graves.

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Richard Buckner: Bloomed

A murderer's row of tunes that, even two decades on, continue to top the ranks of the best of his auspicious canon.

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Bottomless Pit: Shade Perennial

Loping tempos and cryptic sonorous vocals mesh with jaggedly beautiful washes of sound, fostering auditory earworms that will burrow Wrath of Khan-style into your brain.

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Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio: Gala

Spartan, supportive, and never obtrusive, Phelps and The Downer Trio alternate between pastoral acoustic tracks and more excoriating fare on Gala.

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Mansions: Doom Loop

Lovers of big hooks and choruses who came up on '90's Doghouse Records fare will eat this up.

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Clifton Motel

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Dave Hause: Devour

Devour has an air of craft and a deft sense of arrangement that will appeal to those tired of the Gaslit mediocre sleeve tattoo music currently purveyed by world-weary 20-something rock stars of today.

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Clifton Motel Records

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Various Artists: The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute

The 33 songs compiled on The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tributecomprise an impressive legacy that is a more than worthy acquisition for the old or new Tony Sly fan.

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Fat Wreck Records

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MiniBoone: MiniBoone

MiniBoone pair the skewed perspective of Timbuk 3 and Wall of Voodoo with a general two-beers-and-a-toke vibe that will have you throwing an arm around a stranger and singing along.

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Ernest Jenning Record Label

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Chixdiggit: Double Diggits

The 30-plus tracks from these 40-something pop punkers are a strong contender for the best 70 minutes of pop-punk nostalgia you'll get this year.

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Worn in Red: Banshees

Hardly the discordant force of its namesake, Banshees is more of a siren that will have you happily crashing on its rocky shores.

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Toys That Kill: Fambly 42

Fambly 42 weighs in with fifteen tracks of fist-pumping sing-along punk rock you’ll definitely want to heft a beverage to.

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Recess Records

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Senses Fail: Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail

After four successful records, Senses Fail, or perhaps more specifically Nielsen, continue to be self-conscious about embracing the fact that they are a pop band in hard guy clothing.

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Vagrant Records

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Moss Icon: Complete Discography

Complete Discography is a stellar encapsulation of a seminal signpost in the post-rock landscape of today.

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