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Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control

Even though the title features Joan of Arc's trademark wordplay, this compilation of related projects is sorely lacking Tim Kinsella's off-key personality.

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James Husband: A Parallax I

On his debut solo effort, Of Montreal multi-instrumentalist James Husband demonstrates his real knack for penning melodies, not albums.

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Headlights: Wildlife

On their third album, the indie-pop perennials attempt to avoid a sugary pop-induced stomach ache with gloomy experimentation.

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Richard Youngs: Under Stellar Stream

Experimental Scottish composer isolates repetitive, hypnotic hymns within a minimalist framework of bass-and-organ drones with surprisingly rewarding results.

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Langhorne Slim: Be Set Free

A triumphant, sprawling affair likely to please a wide variety of demographics: neo-folkies, Dylan-heads, and even pop fans.

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Jookabox: Dead Zone Boys

On its third album of exhilarating psych-rock, Jookabox channels blues, hip-hop, folk, punk, Animal Collective's evil step-sister, and zombies for mostly compelling results.

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The Shaky Hands: Let It Die

Portland-based riff-lords the Shaky Hands strike gold too infrequently on its third album of sweat-soaked rock 'n' roll.

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Jagaguwar

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Ashmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise

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Petracovich: Crepusculo

Petracovich leave behind skittering drum machines and reverb-soaked soundscapes for more conventional instrumentation to construct their third album of ethereal folk-pop.

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The Blakes: Souvenir

On their second major release, this Seattle-based garage-rock trio clean up their dirt-dragged riff rock and demonstrate an impressive knowledge of their musical roots.

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Red Buttons

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George Usher: Yours and Not Yours

Veteran retro-pop craftsman George Usher laments the pangs of lost love with overly polite, easily disposable folk-pop arrangements.

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Sam Roberts: Love at the End of the World

Appearing alternately bored and world-weary, Roberts seems content to wall his songs with nostalgic musings for a golden age of rock and roll.

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