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Death [deth]: n. Proto-punk trio from Detroit comprised of African-American brothers David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, formed in 1971.

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Get Guilty

A.C. Newman
MATADOR

Bottom line: Good but not excellent, familiar but not memorable. As the ringleader of New Pornographers, one would (rightly) expect a bit more from A.C. (or Allan Carl, as his mother calls him).

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The Mountain

Heartless Bastards
FAT POSSUM

I’m on the record about Ohio: I don’t like going there, I don’t like to watch OSU play and I definitely don’t like 98 Degrees (Cincy natives, the lot).

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Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1

Mike Clark
TALKING HOUSE

Drummer Mike Clark caught the attention of drummers when he played with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters on Thrust. His hyper-syncopated funk set new standards.

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The Airing of Grievances

Titus Andronicus
TROUBLEMAN UNLIMITED

From the moment that “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ” mutates from lo-fi murk to a pounding, wall-of-noise sea chantey, Titus Andronicus make their intentions clear.

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Hemispheres

Jim Hall & Bill Frisell
(ARTISTSHARE)

Jim Hall, a grand master of mainstream jazz guitar who has always maintained a sense of adventure, and Bill Frisell, who integrates digital loops with rustic Americana, have joined forces for a sup

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Noble Beast

Andrew Bird
(FAT POSSUM)

We should all just be glad there’s a musician like Andrew Bird out there.

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Glasvegas

Glasvegas
COLUMBIA

Scottish ambassadors break into America with longing narratives of infidelity, gangs and murder, and drench it all in swarms of fuzz, keys and throbbing, steady beats.

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Zebra Gazebo

The Phat Mavericks
SELF-RELEASED

If there’s one thing I can say about The Phat Mavericks, it’s that they’re proficient. They do what it is they do very well. What it is they do, though … hell if I know.

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Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line
YEP ROC

This reissue of Raleigh, N.C.’s Chatham County Line’s first album contains all the hallmarks of what you’ve come to expect from bluegrass: plenty of space, light-speed runs and fa