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These tracks were in heavy rotation in our iPod this week. Fire up iTunes and take a listen.

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Local
Run Run Run
Download: Fade Into You, from Endless Winter EP.
Spaceland audiophiles will recognize Run Run Run as the resident Monday night band. With songs ranging from sonic to soft, they've garnered deserved praise from critics. We've got our eyes and ears on the band as well.

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Modern Rock
Nada Surf
Download: Comes a Time from The Weight Is a Gift.
Though best known for their MTV hit "Popular," Nada surf have quietly been honing their skills, producing quality music that rarely makes it to mainstream radio. If you dig this track, try Inside of Love as well.

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Pop
David Gray
Download: Now and Always from Life in Slow Motion.
Gray is still finding his voice after the success of White Ladder. On Life in Slow Motion Gray continues to explore darker themes of love and loss. The CD is appropriately named: Gray is musically and lyrically taking pause. We can't wait to see what's next.

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Reggae
Damian Marley
Download: the title track from Welcome to Jamrock.
Marley is a household name in Reggae. This time we're not talking about Bob, but rather one of his children, Damian. He's is making a name for himself, and escaping the shadow of his father, with his latest release.

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R&B
Alicia Keys
Download: Unbreakable
(Single from her MTV Unplugged performance).
Alicia embodies a style, class and vocal presence missing in most other R&B performers today. She doesn't need anything but a piano and a microphone to justify her status.

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