Baby D's Bagels
$20 Worth of Food and Drink for Only $10
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Portraits of Gnawa

Ouled Bambara
DRAG CITY/2S & FEWS

The Gnawa are Moroccans, descendents of slaves who were among the earliest disciples of Islam.

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The Life of the World to Come

The Mountain Goats
4AD

The inspired and prolific John Darnielle leads his loose band (often it’s just voice and either acoustic guitar or piano) through a dozen songs titled after biblical verses.

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Live at Longshot

Dirty Church Revival
SELF-RELEASED

While I can play a little guitar, I am not a musician by any stretch of the imagination. Songwriter, maybe. Musician, absolutely not.

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The Great American Midrange

The Elms
WARNER BROS.

The Elms sound like Big & Rich attempting John Fogerty. Distortion and excessive soloing seem to be included as a failed attempt to make up for pedestrian lyricism.

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Dead

Rusted Shut
LOAD

You’d be excused for wondering whether the Houston-based Rusted Shut were much of a band, considering over the course of what couldn’t even arguably be called a “career&rdqu

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Head, Goat, Liar, Down, Pure (remasters)

The Jesus Lizard
TOUCH & GO

I’m gonna go ahead and say it: I didn’t side-by-side these remasters with the original releases. I didn’t see the point. Mainly because these are Jesus Lizard records, man.

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Devastator

Catfish Haven
(SECRETLY CANADIAN)

In an age of ironic appreciation,

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Between Noise and The Indians

Push Pull
JOYFUL NOISE

At first glance, Bloomington, Ind., trio Push-Pull are just another rush of punk silliness.

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Goodnight Unknown

Lou Barlow
MERGE

Lou Barlow has grown older with a grace few ’90s stalwarts have, and on Goodnight Unknown, he shows his knack for songwriting.

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Shine Your Light On Me

Hogan’s Fountain
SELF-RELEASED

While these local country bluesmen might have the swagger of a confident bar band, on record any kind of substance might still be far away.