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Top Five New CD Releases

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Gram Rabbit Cultivation (Stinky) – They’ve got a unique sound (kind of like Calexico mixed with trip-hop) and they’re from Joshua Tree. This is their second release and they’re performing live at Tower Sunset on 4/20 at 6:00 PM and the Echo on 4/21. Listen to some tracks on MYSPACE.

Languis Other Desert Cities EP (Pehr) – Highly recommended new release from an under-appreciated local band. If you haven’t seen or heard them since they became a four-piece (and you like atmospheric space rock) you should check them out. See them live at the Hotel Café on 4/22. Download “In the Fields of (Lonely Fences)”

The Little Ones Sing Song EP (Branches Recording Collective) – Here’s another highly recommended new EP from an under-appreciated local band. The artwork evokes the Shins and some of the guitar work evokes the Fruit Bats. Overall, the music is a litte more twee. It's the kind of pop with lots of hand claps, “la la las” and songs about dancing and joining the “heavy hearts brigade”. Download Cha Cha Cha and see them live tonight at El Cid.

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Spank Rock YoYoYoYoYo (Big Dada) – This is some dirty sex rap from Baltimore with some Diplo-style beats. Diplo, who produced that M.I.A. album that everybody loves, has also remixed them. Appearing live at Spaceland on 6/11. Download Put That P**** On Me

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Under the Covers Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory) – The former Bangle and Matthew Sweet picked some amazing songs to cover. That’s both part of the charm and part of the problem. When you mess with Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Neil Young, The Left Banke, Love, The Zombies, etc. your results will be mixed. Catch them live at the Roxy on 4/22. You can preview the album at AOL.