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Gogol Bordello: Trans-Continental Hustle

Globetrotting gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello tend to exude eclecticism and eccentricity in equal measure, fusing fiery flamencos and raucous Romany folk music with punk-rock flair and a smattering of old-country instruments. >More
 Joey Ryan & the Inks: Well, Here We Are Then

This St. Paul band's debut features enough jangly twang on "Ohio, Circa 1984" to suggest they're alternative country. But delicate guitar pop is the centerpiece of this album. It's lo-fi and impressionistic in a way that's become common to indie rock. Joey Ryan & the Inks sound as if the Old 97's and the Shins wrote songs together. >More
 Fambly Fun: As It Always Was

Fambly Fun call themselves a hip-hop act, but electronic rock takes no back seat on this 10-song local release. Even the most overt rap track, "Crack Money," is awash in catchy synth lines reminiscent of the Limousines. >More
 Call Me Lightning: When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free

If you've heard Call Me Lightning, you might think their name is a reference to their drumming, which is about as thunderous as it gets. In actuality, it's a nod to a song of the same name by English rock gods the Who. On their newest album, the Milwaukee trio channel Pete Townshend and company in a garagey post-punk style, nodding at a few other heavy hitters along the way. >More
 Wall of Funk: Vital Hiatus

This Madison trio is less about funk than bluesy hard rock topped with vocals that are slurred, growled and screamed. So why call the band Wall of Funk? The album's liner notes explain the band's intent: It's a symbol of their existence, "what ties everyone and everything together. It can be built up or torn down." >More
 Dax Riggs: Say Goodnight to the World

On his second solo release, Dax Riggs proves that, despite the popularity of his sludgy '90s project Acid Bath, he prefers the sound of his swampy indie outfit Deadboy & the Elephantmen, which was known for its captivating covers of material by fellow doleful dudes Nick Cave, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. >More
 Liz Phair: Funstyle

Funstyle is the first artistically redeeming work Phair has released since 1998's whitechocolatespaceegg. Maybe that's because it's not on Capitol Records. >More
 Pernice Brothers: Goodbye, Killer

It's hard to grab the spotlight from Joe Pernice. His songwriting skills put most others' to shame, and his newest album transitions effortlessly from alt-country ("We Love the Stage") to crisp power-pop ("Bechamel"), with some cabaret flourishes. >More
 Ida Jo: Providence

Madison violinist Ida Jo has been embellishing the pop compositions of local band the Compass Rose with dollops of string work for years now. On her debut CD, her use of violin is original and unexpected. >More
 Bascom Hill: Bascom Hill

This Madison band follows a straight and narrow modern-rock songwriting formula on this follow-up to their 2005 release, Maybe. The disc is heavy on production sheen, but that's not enough to make these tepid melodies and trite song constructions shine. >More
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