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I Learned the Hard Way

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
DAPTONE

Sharon Jones and her fearless Dap-Kings return with their most assured and adventurous album yet.

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Broken Bells

Broken Bells
COLUMBIA

Brian Burton wears many musical hats. Whether he is producing the Black Keys or fulfilling his own muse in Gnarls Barkley or Broken Bells, he always has something interesting to say.

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The Golden Archipelago

Shearwater
(MATADOR)

How can you not sympathize with Jonathan Meiburg and his bandmates?

American Gong

Quasi
(KILL ROCK STARS)

The Pacific Northwest has a history rich in its own brand of indie rock, and members of Quasi have carved a good chunk of that history out.

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Quarantine the Past

Pavement
(MATADOR)

Pavement spent the better part of the ’90s as darlings of critics and geeks alike, and they managed to remain beneath the mainstream radar for most of their career.

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Hologram Jams

Jaguar Love
(MATADOR)

First thought: Is this emo-crunk? No way. I guess it wasn’t really a stretch, but I didn’t think these ex-Blood Brothers had the moolah for cocaine.

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Genuine Negro Jig

Carolina Chocolate Drops
(NONESUCH)

No less than five people have remarked to me in the past few days the oddity of me playing a bluegrass record and seeming to enjoy it.

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Valleys Of Neptune

Jimi Hendrix
(EXPERIENCE HENDRIX/SONY LEGACY)

Jimi Hendrix, in his brief career, revolutionized guitar playing.

Talking to You, Talking to Me

The Watson Twins
VANGUARD

If you can forgive Chandra and Leigh Watson for skipping the Commonwealth and moving out to the Left Coast, Talking to You, Talking to Me will pleasantly surprise you.

Back In School

Neil Brewer
SELF-RELEASED

Neil Brewer is gifted, but Back In School hardly seems to be the best use of his abilities.