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Uzeda -- "Steam, Rain & Other Stuff"

From Stella on Touch and Go Records

Uzeda is a four piece band that hails from Catania, a city in the region of Sicily. Catania is known for its close proximity to Mt. Etna, a volcano so consistently explosive that it makes the most obvious and closest point of comparison for Uzeda's music.

Lambchop -- "Crackers"

From Damaged on Merge Records

Lambchop have been perfecting, performing and recording the New Nashville Sound for going on 15 years now. It’s still just as refreshing and vital today as it was in the beginning. More so, even. Lambchop is a loose music collective of anywhere from five to 17 players, all assembled around the center of gravity that is lead singer and songwriter Kurt Wagner.

Supersystem -- "White Light/White Light"

From A Million Microphones on Touch and Go Records

Refusing to be satisfied by the familiar, Supersystem has always been ready to destroy a song in order to put it back together again. Hip-hop, electronica, punk rock, so-called “world music” – a little bit of everything has gone into the architecture. This destruct/construct reflex is groomed and refined on the NY/DC quartet’s latest long player, A Million Microphones.

Birdmonster -- "'Cause You Can"

From From No Midnight on spinART Records

Birdmonster is not your typical quartet. They will not stand still and stare at their feet. They will not whine about their girl troubles. They will not devolve into aimless instrumentals or rehash tired '80s fads. Birdmonster plays rock and roll. And they play it with enough energy and reckless abandon that when you find them after the show, they usually smell like barnyard animals and can barely breathe. Someone is probably bleeding. And everyone is very happy.

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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