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Kingdom of Rust

Doves
Astralwerks/Heavenly

Considering that Doves are masters of moody, mid-tempo Brit-rock, it’s hard to believe they were once an acid house band trafficking under the moniker Sub Sub.

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Saint Or Sinner

Polio
Self-released

Think early Outkast if they’d hailed from Louisville and made the attendant references and you’ll have some sense of Steven Johnson’s — aka Polio’s — sound.

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Imaginary Boats …

Alanna Fugate
Folked Up

Alanna Fugate’s new release, Imaginary Boats, harkens to an earlier folk tradition that many modern balladeers have forgotten, that of Joan Baez and early Dylan.

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Hymn to the Immortal Wind

Mono
Temporary Residence

Mono are grandiose. It takes a certain stomach, a certain predisposition to go through as many moods as Mono evokes.

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Doctor Legs and The Medicine Ball

Dangerbird
Self-released

When you put on Dangerbird’s Doctor Legs & The Medicine Ball, the weather starts to get warmer, frosty bottles of beer appear, and guys with B.O.

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Odessa

Bee Gees
Reprise

My generation mostly remembers the Bee Gees as leisure-suit liaisons who regretfully legitimized disco with the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.

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Hazards of Love

The Decemberists
Capitol

If you thought power ballads were dead and gone, think again.

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S/T

Wavves
Fat Possum

Wavves is the one-man project of distortion architect Nathan Williams, or as I call him, No Age Jr.

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Roll On

J.J. Cale
Rounder

For five decades, J.J.

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Wrath

Lamb of God
Epic

Arguably the best band in metal today, Lamb of God brings a unified front to their material and their performances that’s hard to beat.