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Sample these tracks and let us know what's in your iPod playlist this week.

Greater California | Local Rock
Missing Summer [download]
A horns section and dreamy vocals make us lament the passing of summer, even if there is only one season here. You can hear the band at Spaceland on November 22 with the Clean Prophets.
Ernie Halter | Local Soul
Love in LA [free MP3 | download]
Despite the title, the song is about looking for (and never quite finding) love in this great city. Nevertheless, we still love this song and Halter's rich vocals. See him live at Hotel Cafe on November 30 with the equally talented David Ryan Harris.
Terra Naomi | Local Rock
The Vicodin Song [myspace | buy CD]
At first listen, Naomi sounds a bit like Beth Hart or Heather Nova, but this LA-based singer has more grit than Nova and less brass than Hart: "I got a pocket full of pills and not one lover / And I'm feeling so bad and so good / I don't know what to do." See Naomi live at Hotel Cafe on November 18.
The Dollyrots | Local Punk Rock
New College [free clip | download]
This adrenaline and lyric-packed ditty pulls inspiration from Blink 182, Green Day and Blondie. It's pure SoCal fun with a sardonic edge. If you like what you hear, then catch the band live at Spaceland on November 26.
Eurythmics | Mainstream Rock
I've Got A Life [video | download]
They aren't local, and this is a greatest hits album. So why chose this CD? First of all, their influence can be heard in today's artists. And second, their unmistakable sound holds up to the test of time. Annie Lennox is still in fine vocal form. We hope she continues to release material, with or without Dave Stewart.

Check out our friends at Bostonist to hear their "essential" music picks.