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Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective
DOMINO

Undoubtedly, Animal Collective boasts a vast, eclectic and (sometimes) challenging repertoire.

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Midnight Royalty

Slithering Beast
SOPHOMORE LOUNGE

Nick Dittmeier began his career with A Suburban Blood Drive, a standard-issue emo band that abruptly recast itself as a cartoonish death-metal act once its Saves the Day-influenced pop-punk fell ou

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You Cant Do That on Television

Skyscraper Stereo
SELF-RELEASED

I love the freedom of independent hip-hop.

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Doctors of Dunk Vol. 2

Various Artists
DUNKENSTEIN

It’s difficult to put one overarching comment on Dunkenstein Records’ comp Doctors of Dunk Vol. 2.

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Ride This!

Wayne Young & the New Legends
SELF-RELEASED

One doesn’t kick around the local music scene for nearly half a century without achieving the iconic status Wayne Young has.

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Skirt Kall

Too Big Mafia
TOO BIG ENTERTAINMENT/101

I didn’t have very high hopes. Both the name of the group and album are immediate turnoffs. A glance at the back cover doesn’t bode well, either.

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Perhaps the most venerated of jazz labels, Blue Note celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2009, and this CD is part of the festivities.

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Turn to Clear Vision

Deer Meet
SELF-RELEASED

The first time you hear Deer Meet’s Turn to Clear Vision, you may get visions of booted feet kicking amplifiers over. Those belong to Jimmy Angelina.

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It seems like the “tale of two dancers” story has been told so many times it has turned cliché.

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The Detail

Amherst
VFTB

A friend reminded me of a joke the other day: If a nuclear bomb hits the United States, head to Louisville — it takes two years for anything to reach us.