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Bushman's Revenge: You Lost Me at Hello

Not for the weak of heart, but open-minded fans of guitar music will find a lot to admire in Even Helte Hermansen's passionate playing.

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Rob Mazurek Quintet: Sound Is

Mazurek's latest Delmark release is a complete and well-sequenced work that's as simultaneously beautiful and challenging as anything in the cornetist's discography.

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Drive-By Truckers: Live from Austin TX

Live from Austin TX is still an excellent document of a great rock 'n roll band doing what it does best.

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Cracker: Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey

Sixteen years past its moment in the sun and in the face of critical indifference, Cracker builds sardonic wit and musical in-jokes into what is possibly the best album of its career.

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The Fully Celebrated: Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones

A potent concoction that will hopefully raise the "fully celebrated" of the band's name from irony to reality.

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Delmark

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AUM Fidelity

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Ian Gillan: One Eye to Morocco

An album full of youthful longing that belies its creator's 63 years of age.

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Unfamiliar

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Harappian Night Recordings: The Glorious Gongs of Hainuwele

Dr. Syed Kamran Ali melds instruments, harmonies, and rhythms from South America to the Middle East to the Pacific Rim -- and somehow makes a cohesive statement out of the whole thing.

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Bo' Weavil

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Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information 3

This is not a collection of genre exercises -- just uninhibited cross-pollination by an ensemble cast whose creativity knows no bounds.

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Japandroids: Post-Nothing

A virile combination of passion and grandiosity that sounds much larger than the guitar/drums instrumentation implies.

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Meat Puppets: Sewn Together

Fans hoping for a return to the more idiosyncratic approach of the band's truly classic 1980s material will likely come away disappointed once again.

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Booker T.: Potato Hole

Potato Hole doesn't live up to the admittedly lofty expectations of the ensemble cast, but it's clear that all involved are having one hell of a good time.

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Superdrag: Industry Giants

How power pop can be so unmemorable is a mystery that Superdrag appears to have solved.

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Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle: Inspiration Information 2

An uplifting and positively fun album from a pair of artists who are clearly meant to work together.

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Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe

With five different trombone-heavy ensembles, Trombone Tribe is an extended family reunion for the instrument's modern proponents.

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Bob Mould: Life and Times

Even if these aren't Mould's actual "Life and Times", he relays them with a conviction that makes them live and breathe as if they were his own.

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PJ Harvey & John Parish: A Woman a Man Walked By

A Woman a Man Walked By isn't the most essential item in either artist's discography, but it's still one worth hearing -- if only to witness how slowly and deliberately it reveals its difficult charms.

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Lotus Plaza: The Floodlight Collective

Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt seems the least likely candidate to indulge in solo work, but his Lotus Plaza project shows that there's a lot more going on below the surface of Pundt's shoe-gazing stage persona.

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Dead Man: Euphoria

Swedish quartet places an uncomfortable emphasis on instrumental prowess at the expense of memorable passages -- resulting in music that seeps into the brain over time rather than making a powerful first impression.

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