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July Flame

Laura Veirs
RAVEN MARCHING BAND RECORDS

“Rapture” was the first Laura Veirs song I ever heard.

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Introducing Perunika Trio

Perunika Trio
WORLD MUSIC NETWORK

It’s unlikely you’ll hear another record like Introducing anytime soon.

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Double Jointer

Golden Triangle
HARDLY ART

On their debut, Brooklyn’s Golden Triangle create an endearing racket so simplistic, it’s a wonder it took six band members to create it.

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The Stimulus Package

Freeway & Jake One
RHYMESAYERS

This album is going to be hard to beat, and it’s only March.

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Edgehill Avenue sounds like a great band. They’re rooted in the classic rock and soulful blues that sappy music critics (myself included) go crazy over.

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Mwaliko

Lionel Loueke
BLUE NOTE/EMI

Mostly comprised of duets with guests, including Angelique Kidjo and Esperanza Spalding, plus three songs with his trio, Mwaliko could have been a disaster.

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Perfect View

Libby Johnson
WRONG RECORDS

I’m short on fresh things to say about Libby Johnson and her third solo album, Perfect View. I can’t think of anything that hasn’t been said before.

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Sane Boat/Boo!

Little Brothers
SELF-RELEASED

Fans of Sloan and Belle & Sebastian will find plenty to love in the Little Brothers’ breezy power-pop.

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Past the Legal Limit

The Revenge of Ricky Williams
SELF-RELEASED

Party-punk outfit The Revenge of Ricky Williams’ debut is solid almost in spite of itself. On their website, they list their No. 1 influence as No Doubt, which raises eyebrows.

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Similes

Eluvium
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

Louisville-bred Portland transplant Matthew Cooper pushes his Eluvium project into new territory on Similes, mostly by incorporating vocals and something approximating tra