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Confidence

Spouse
PIGEON/NINE MILE

From his Northampton, Mass., outpost, José Ayerve, singer, guitarist and ringleader of Spouse, is building a house, and the mortar is durable pop.

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Junior

Kaki King
ROUNDER

Rolling Stone declared Kaki King a guitar god, and Foo Fighters and Tegan & Sara have employed her brand of guitar-slapping and finger-picking to spruce up their albums.

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Your Future Our Clutter

The Fall
DOMINO

Your Future Our Clutter seems like a self-indulgent vanity project that sometimes reaches to the absurd (note the extended warbly keyboard outro to “Cowboy George”).

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This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem
DFA/VIRGIN

There has always been a faded, quiet line between all-out, LCD Soundsystem fandom and me, and I’ve finally hopped over.

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Push

Jacky Terrasson
CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Pianist Jacky Terrasson has moved from Blue Note to Concord for Push, an eclectic collection.

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Man From Another Time

Seasick Steve
RYKO

When I first heard one of Steve’s earlier albums, it seemed similar to a lot of minimalist (i.e., mumbling) folk-blues.

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I Will Be

Dum Dum Girls
SUB POP

At first blush, I Will Be seems like a day lily of an album: blooming, colorful, brief and prone to wilting.

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Cracked Love And Other Drugs

Unnatural Helpers
HARDLY ART

Is heady, dirty punk over already? In less time than it takes to make Hamburger Helper, Unnatural Helpers cobble together 15 songs in a half hour.

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Kindred Spirits

Jimmy Amadie
TP RECORDINGS

Acclaimed jazz saxophonists Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Lew Tabackin share the same instrument, and they all appear on pianist Jimmy Amadie’s latest release.

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Undercover of Brightness

Fjord Rowboat
RUXTON

Toronto’s Fjord Rowboat takes its shoegaze seriously.