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Ed Schrader's Music Beat
"Party Jail"
Infinity Cat

With "Party Jail," Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat delivers a joyously simplistic yet intelligently crafted collection of hooky punk rock.

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Nickel Creek
"A Dotted Line"
Nonesuch

After seven years apart, Nickel Creek is back with “A Dotted Line.” As in the early part of their career together, Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins are doing things that no one else is doing while serving an audience that is interested in picking up the Nickel Creek story where it left off.

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Frank Glazer
"Music of a Bygone Era"

Bridge

Back before the advent of recorded sound, when a home music system was the piano in the parlor, the odds were good that said piano would be accompanied by one or more bound volumes of short pieces intended for amateur performance. They might contain anything from bagatelles by Beethoven or humoresques by Dvorak to occasional pieces by lesser composers to arrangements of popular songs.

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I Draw Slow
"White Wave Chapel"
Pinecastle Records

There is an interesting moment in a recent interview with Dave Holden, guitarist of the Irish band I Draw Slow, when he notes that in America their music is described as Irish, and in Ireland, it's American. The problem might simply be in knowing too much; the band may be from Ireland, but this is American music, drawing from the folk traditions of Appalachia.

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Elephant
"Sky Swimming"
Memphis Industries

Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck of the UK band Elephant describe their sound as "nocturnal, lo-fi, bedroom dreamy beach pop," and the release of their first full-length album "Sky Swimming" embodies that description without question.

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St. Vincent
"St. Vincent"
Loma Vista/Republic

It's remarkable what 10 years in the industry have done for Texas native St. Vincent (Annie Clark). Now, with five albums on the shelves, she's reaching the masses not just by gracing the top 40 charts, but by infusing her music with qualities not-often heard in mainstream music.

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Darol Anger
"E-and'a"
Adventure Music

Darol Anger is one of the most skilled fiddlers working today. He is interested in taking the instrument into new places, though he's not interested in developing an entirely new vocabulary for the instrument, and I think that's an important distinction.

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Noah Gundersen
"Ledges"
Dualtone

"Stone-cold broke in the middle of the winter, oh like a poor man's son" -- these are the raspy, passionate words that mark the beginning of Noah Gundersen's first full-length album, released February 11, 2014.

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Tony Trischka
"Great Big World"
Rounder

I wanted to love this album, and I'm having a hard time with it even now, because saying something negative about a new album from Tony Trischka is akin to sacrilege.

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Temples
"Sun Structures"
Heavenly Recordings

Psychedelic rock is like the aurora borealis of popular music. It dazzles then disappears, flares then flickers out. The genre seems to lie latent just long enough so that each wave can astonish anew, offering new generations a conduit to another place in time.

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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…

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