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Cash Box Kings: Cuttin' Heads at the Cuda Cafe

Blues is one of those musical genres best experienced live, and the tunes of Madison's Cash Box Kings are no exception. The evidence is the group's new CD of nine live performances from the now-defunct Cuda Cafe in Deerfield. >More
 Built to Spill: There Is No Enemy

There's no shortage of indie rock circulating in 2009. Most of it is dense, impressionistic and gently psychedelic. That's not the road Built to Spill travel on their seventh full-length CD. Tracks such as "Life's a Dream" put the brakes on the tempo while maintaining the salience of verse-chorus-verse songwriting. >More
 Brother Ali: Us

Across 16 tracks, this Minneapolis rapper laments the double lives of gays, racial minorities and children of divorce. He professes his love for his family and his God. He even brags a little about being a bad motherfucker. >More
 Bishop Allen: Grrr...

Harvard is an incubator for people who become wildly successful in medicine, law, politics, science and business. Indie rock, though, isn't its forte. >More
 Mike Behrends: EP

If Bob Dylan were handing out goodies to trick-or-treaters, he might choose the new EP by Madison-via-Duluth singer-songwriter Mike Behrends, which comes encased in a flannel shirt pocket. >More
 The Limousines: Very Busy People

The Limousines don't mince words in their biting social criticism of shallow materialism. Backed by very catchy synth, this San Francisco Bay Area duo sing about getting fat and drunk and masturbating to "pixelated videos of strangers fucking themselves." >More
 Noisettes: Wild Young Hearts

This London-based band melds rock, soul and blues into songs coated with disco-pop production sheen. >More
 Hockey: Mind Chaos

"Indie" has become a throwaway term if, as some online music zines are doing, it's applied to Hockey. Not only is this Portland dance band signed to a major label, their songs are as accessible as modern rock gets. >More
 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

This 10-piece folk-rock band from Los Angeles recalls a time when music was about magic carpet rides, green tambourines and putting your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee. >More
 The xx: xx

The four members of the xx dress in black, stand in a single-file line and perform expressionless in most of their YouTube videos. >More
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