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Who let folk in the frat house?

There hasn't been much happening in the Balkan indie music scene since we last heard from Beirut. In 2006, their stunning debut, Gulag Orkestar, impressed listeners with its unconventional Eastern European sound, erupting from a massive horn section.

by NICKY BERGER

ay, there's the rub

Spencer Krug has a problem. He's splitting his time between his main band Wolf Parade and the now fully realized Sunset Rubdown.

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Defibrillator

Neil Young Trans 1983 Who could guess that a Canadian folk-rocker and a vocoder could make such sweet, sweet love?

by MARK DILLMAN

Campus cred

Street: Sum up your band in an offensive quote. Zach: We're explosive like Iran. Street: Why should anyone in his right mind come see Leviathan perform? Zach: I prefer they come not in their right minds. Ben: When was the last time someone heard a Leviathan?

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who's the boss?

Magic leads off with "Radio Nowhere," the Boss singing of "Sitting around a dead dial / Just a-searching for a world with some soul," lamenting the state of the modern-day music industry.

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Green is the new blue

Let's recap: This is the Canadian folk singer-songwriter's first proper new release in seven years, she is signed to Starbucks' Hear Music label and her voice has grown noticeably huskier.

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vintage wine

It used to be you could listen to an Iron & Wine album and imagine sitting alone with Sam Beam as he whispered his lyrics directly to you.

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ENDANGERED list

It's unusual to find a band of friends who are able to believe in their adolesent fairy-tales when they grow up.

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Meat Puppets

As an angst-addled adolescent, my favorite Nirvana song was "Oh, Me" from the MTV Unplugged record. When I eventually replaced cassette with CD, I discovered in the liner notes that "Oh, Me" and two other tracks were in fact Meat Puppets covers.

by STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

If it ain't broke.

If you're one of the few remaining album loyalists, consider Kevin Drew's Spirit If. your most dangerous tempation.

by LIZA ST. JAMES

philly's music man

It's only been four years since Philly-based DJ Diplo co-founded Hollertronix - the collective/mixtape series that launched both his career and the mash-up craze.

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Playlist of the week: "Bad Education"

1. Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer) - The Young Knives 2. Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John 3.

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Breaking waves

Lab analyses, electron microscopes, s‚ances and metaphysical inquiries - all absurd measures to prove that a spade is still a spade.

by MARK DILLMAN

ANIMAL HOUSE

Animal Collective Strawberry Jam 2/5 Stars Animal Collective is back with the same non-rhythmic, glitchy sounds they explored on their last full-length, Feels.

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Smashing Pumpkins

As a nine-year-old, the Smashing Pumpkins' epic double-disc Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness made me feel so uncomfortable that I went back to Strawberries and returned it.

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battle of the hip-hop allstars

If there is one thing hip-hop loves more than expensive cars, loose women, and the occasional drive-by, it's a highly publicized battle involving its biggest stars.

by ALEX JACOBS

Defibrillator

Mulatu Astatke Ethiopiques, Vol. 4 1998 With the Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, Jim Jarmusch already did some of the resuscitation for us.

by ALEX JACOBS

Where were you this summer?

We know - four months of music, but no Street to make sense of it all. Can we make it up to you? This week, we recap Summer 2007 with the Top 5 things you need to know, but might have missed. 1.

by MICHAEL LIN

Listening Party

The song: Modest Mouse's "Fire it Up" off We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank Leo: Have not been so impressed by new MM, though never was so into them.

by 34TH STREET

Five questions for Ben FOlds

34th Street: Do you remember performing here before, Ben? [Folds performed at Spring Fling in 2000] Ben Folds: With my schedule, its hard, but when I show up there I will remember.

by TUSHAR VASHISHT

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