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Hayden: In Field & Town

Hayden Desser’s recipe for artistic success: He knows what is necessary and when it’s so. Throughout the entirety of In Field and Town, everything is completely necessary and nothing is extravagant.

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The Warlocks: Heavy Deavy Skull Lover

LA psych masters show us who's boss on their fourth LP.

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Instruments of Science & Technology: Music from the Films of R/Swift

Richard Swift is an ideal when it comes to our modern definition of artist: comfortable in many mediums and unafraid to experiment.

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Emma Pollock: Watch The Fireworks

The Delgados founder, Emma Pollock, shows an uncanny knack for the swelling pop epic.

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Giant Bear: Giant Bear

Memphis, Tennessee's Giant Bear both laments country music yet works largely within its conventions, a paradoxical form that’s familiar to fans of Bobby Bare Jr. and the Drive-By Truckers.

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Watermelon Slim and the Workers: Watermelon Slim and the Workers

Another gem of an album from one of the most exciting blues artists to come along in years.

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Jeffrey Foucault: Ghost Repeater

Jeffrey Foucault is the kind of songwriter who works within tradition and furthers it in a simultaneous moment, a true glimpse into the future of folk music.

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Secret Machines: Ten Silver Drops

A huge step for a band destined to make an album of beginning-to-end psychedelic space-rock perfection.

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The Like Young: Last Secrets

Chicago's the Like Young buries hatchets, sings songs, and sounds fresh, pulling away from the stripped garage sound and heading into a thicker, more complicated version of the future.

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The Appleseed Cast: Peregrine

Proving once again to be Lawrence's finest, the Appleseed Cast synthesizes its parts and finds itself on the album that saved the band from a too-early demise.

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Oranger: New Comes and Goes

Oranger wants to be a constant, a monolith of rock 'n' roll that shows its contemporaries there is a zone of comfort and consistency that does not require boredom or downsizing.

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The Living Blue

The Living Blue are not your typical musical adventure using the punk attitude of garage rock as a jumping-off point. Really!

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Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy Appendix

Austin folkies spin their dark pop web further into the depths with a mini-album, using recent B-sides as a jumping-off point, that rivals this band-on-the-rise's most solid efforts to date.

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Hondo: Special Collector's Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector's Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.

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Cat Power + Dexter Romweber

On an 'off' night Chan Marshall's antics piss off more people than they win over. But what about an on night?

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Vashti Bunyan: Lookaftering

Bunyan emerges from a 35-year musical absence and cracks the 'sophomore slump' straight in the jaw with an updated sound and a brilliant collection of songs.

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Jerry Garcia Band: Live at Shoreline 9/1/90 [DVD]

Jerry Garcia Band performance for the ages falters in its DVD form.

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Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Buck Dharma

Buck Dharma makes such a point to deconstruct every little bit of itself that it forgets to build anything back up in its place. D'oh. Here's to the idea...

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Dirty Three: Cinder

Australian instrumentalists continue to produce swirling aural waves that meld the tools of classical and folk music together as one big, beautiful sound.

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Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz: Crunk Juice: Chopped & Screwed

Michael '5000' Watts must've been drunk on crunk juice to chop & screw this record. The result? Watts fails as Crunk Juice's savior, Lil' Jon remains hip-hop's comically tragic puppet. Didn't Kanye just put out an album?"

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The Immortal Lee County Killers 3: These Bones Will Rise to Love You Again

Amidst the garage rock mishmash of blues, punk, and rock 'n' roll (on an uncharacteristically spaced-out trip, to boot), IMCK3 show us the blues ain't just a history.

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The Dudley Corporation

The pain of playing to an attentive but small crowd pales in comparison to being hit by an unmanned runaway car. So maybe this was the better part of their day after all...

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