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Make A Move

Hill Country Revue
RAZOR & TIE

Hill Country Revue is a must-own for even the most casual of blues lovers.

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Let’s Go to Baba’s

Mittens on Strings
SOUNGS

Let’s Go to Baba’s is the soaring second album from Chicago (by way of Louisville) collective Mittens on Strings.

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Night After Night

Arnett Hollow
SELF-RELEASED

On their second effort, we start to see these guys (and gal) hone their abilities.

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The Naysayer

Evil Engine No. 9
SELF-RELEASED

Grunge, metal and, on a lesser level, emo are combined with relative aplomb in this freshman EP by Evil Engine No. 9.

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The Best of The Black President

Fela Kuti
KNITTNG FACTORY/KALAKUTA SUNRISE

Got Fool’s Gold and Antibalas on repeat? Go archival for their prolific ancestor.

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Circles Around Me

Sam Bush
SUGAR HILL

As newgrass (an arguably Louisvillian invention) turns 40, Sam Bush, the genre’s chief architect, continues to construct superb sounds from his adopted Nashville.

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Manners

Passion Pit
COLUMBIA/FRENCHKISS

Passion Pit’s Manners, the sophisticated follow-up to their 2008 EP, Chunk of Change, is a sonic party from the first note.

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Sunset/Sunrise

The Dutchess and the Duke
HARDLY ART

The neo-folk and organic techno movements have run their courses. Too many half-talented bozos have jumped on that bandwagon for the sound to survive.

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Of The Cathmawr Yards

The Horse’s Ha
HIDDEN AGENDA

Ex-Eleventh Dream Day and current Freakwater vocalist Janet Beveridge Bean heads an eclectic roster of Chicago-based musicians, and their debut is rather surprising.

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Count the Days

The Seedy Seeds
EURODORABLE

Count the Days’ opening track, “Winter 04,” is instructively titled — by fusing skittering Postal Service synth-pop with Rilo Kiley’s sleepy country overt