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The Stimulus Package

Freeway & Jake One
RHYMESAYERS

This album is going to be hard to beat, and it’s only March.

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Edgehill Avenue sounds like a great band. They’re rooted in the classic rock and soulful blues that sappy music critics (myself included) go crazy over.

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Mwaliko

Lionel Loueke
BLUE NOTE/EMI

Mostly comprised of duets with guests, including Angelique Kidjo and Esperanza Spalding, plus three songs with his trio, Mwaliko could have been a disaster.

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Perfect View

Libby Johnson
WRONG RECORDS

I’m short on fresh things to say about Libby Johnson and her third solo album, Perfect View. I can’t think of anything that hasn’t been said before.

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Sane Boat/Boo!

Little Brothers
SELF-RELEASED

Fans of Sloan and Belle & Sebastian will find plenty to love in the Little Brothers’ breezy power-pop.

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Past the Legal Limit

The Revenge of Ricky Williams
SELF-RELEASED

Party-punk outfit The Revenge of Ricky Williams’ debut is solid almost in spite of itself. On their website, they list their No. 1 influence as No Doubt, which raises eyebrows.

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Similes

Eluvium
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

Louisville-bred Portland transplant Matthew Cooper pushes his Eluvium project into new territory on Similes, mostly by incorporating vocals and something approximating tra

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Banjoreno

The Jawbones
SELF-RELEASED

Our fair city, the birthplace of the jug band, is also home to The Jawbones, a trio with a taste for that venerable music and its step-cousins: ragtime, hokum blues and hillbilly dance tunes.

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The DL Sessions

DL
SELF-RELEASED

Musically speaking, nothing on The DL Sessions is terribly remarkable — but in all respects, it’s soulful and sincere, which makes the whole thing remarkable in and of itse

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Vibrations EP

Nemo
SELF-RELEASED

Nathan Ward is a Lexington-based emcee who recently released his second extended player for free.