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Giant Squid: Metridium Fields

Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.

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Legacy (2000)

A humane window into the world of inner-city poverty; one that wisely refrains from blaming the victim by showing the obstacles that face even the most self-motivated inhabitants of the ghetto.

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The Wobblies (1979)

For recovering this forgotten segment of American history, and for rightly emphasizing that dissent is a crucial component of the American heritage, The Wobblies does a service for us all.

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Blowoff: Blowoff

Bob Mould gets his groove on with musical partner Rich Morel in new project at the intersection of electronica and rock.

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Eric Bachmann: To the Races

Solo debut of hipster-turned-troubadour cuts a melancholy figure of aimless wanderlust

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New Salem Witch Hunters: New Salem Witch Hunters

Back in the garage with their bullshit detectors! 1986 Ohio classic reissued for 20th anniversary.

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Robert Pollard: Normal Happiness

Far from giving up the grape, Dayton, Ohio's greatest rockstar opts for consistency on sixth effort of the year.

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Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.

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Various Artists: Barry Williams Presents: One-Hit Wonders of the '70s

Lights went out in Georgia, Chicago died, and that toke went over the line: the '70s revisited.

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Awesome Color: s/t

Stooge-ology students transcend imitation, achieve Ig-dom on blistering debut.

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Mia Doi Todd: La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita

Underappreciated Los Angeles singer-songwriter experiments with remixing, to, well, mixed results.

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Meg & Dia: Something Real

More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.

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The Mae Shi / Rapider Than Horsepower: Do Not Ignore the Potential

The dangers of bi-focal split-LPs are many, but these two acts make it fun, regardless of the innevitable judgment of which is the better band.

Whitney Strub
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Red Animal War: Seven Year War

As a chronicle of Red Animal War's development, Seven Year Warillustrates how far the band has come, and how sharp its songwriting has grown.

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Cursive: Happy Hollow

Omaha postpunkers get political, bring the horns, on 14 "hymns for the heathen".

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Monsters Are Waiting: Fascination

Updated '80s-style mall-goth, done right.

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The Everyothers: Pink Sticky Lies

Like every other garage band, indeed...

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Rude Boy (1979)

Rude Boy does little more than remind us of the Clash's greatness; as such, it's a cinematic failure but a musical necessity.

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Mary-Anne Paterson: Me

Folk singer issues album in 1970 to no acclaim, vanishes for over three decades until sudden recovery by dedicated loyalists -- no, it's not Vashti Bunyan, but it's still quite good.


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