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

Sabrosa Purr | Local Rock
Liars, Petty Thieves and Pets [download]
This threadbare, emotional track will grab your attention on the first listen. Songs like "Liars..." prove that Sabrosa Purr is definitely not a one-trick cat. Catch them live Friday, Nov. 18 at Alex's Bar in Long Beach.
Metric | Alternative
Too Little Too Late [download]
Metric recorded "Old World Underground" in LA a few years ago. Now they're back with a new disc, "Live It Out." Read LAist Friday to for an exclusive Q&A with the band. In the meantime, enjoy this track off "Live It Out."
The Chapin Sisters | Local Folk
Bird [free download]
Their three-part harmonies and sweeping, haunting songs will stick with you long after you hit play. Sample more music on their official website and myspace. Then show the sisters some love at the echo every Monday night in November.
Stars | Alternative, Pop
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead [download]
Stars juxtapose thoughtful songs against unusual arrangements. After listening to a few tracks off "Set Yourself On Fire," it's easy to see why this Canadian bandis the opening act for Death Cab for Cutie. Stop by Amoeba Records this Friday to hear a free performance.
Heather Evans | Local Jazz
A Little Thing Called Love [stream]
Evans' voice is clear, but has a husky quality to it that lends authority to the vocal delivery. Sample a few streams on her record label's website and then listen to Evans perform free this Friday at LACMA.