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New Found Glory - Sticks & Stones

What defines emo punk? Peppy, positive tunes played with boundless energy by dudes in backwards baseball caps and baggy, low-slung pants. Throw in a chubby bass player and a tattooed lead singer and you’ve got New Found Glory, a quintet from sunny Coral Springs, Florida that plays with the intensity of the Sex Pistols but sings as sweetly as the Beach Boys. A popular draw on the Vans Warped tour, NFG write catchy songs about love and loyalty, like the new album’s buddy anthem “My Friends Over You.”
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Carolyn Mark - Terrible Hostess

A dairy farmer’s daughter from Sicamous, B.C., Mark sure knows how to milk her influences, belting out rockabilly like a reborn Wanda Jackson or crooning country ballads like the second coming of Patsy Cline. On her second solo album, Mark, who also records with the fabulous Neko Case as the Corn Sisters, pulls out all the stops, singing with equal parts melancholy and mischief on songs about heartache, getting drunk and getting laid. If only country radio sounded as feisty as this.
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Jarvis Church - Shake it Off

If you’re the former Philosopher Kings vocalist and co-producer of Nelly Furtado’s smash debut, how do you establish yourself as a solo act? Well, if you’re Gerald Eaton, you trade your old stage name in for a new identity. Introducing Jarvis Church, Canada’s latest neo-soul singer. Although his record company is playing up his Jamaican heritage, Church is far more r&b than reggae. Standout tracks include his quirky duets with Furtado and Esthero, who joins him on "Run For Your Life,” about a psycho stalking fan.
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Papa Roach - Lovehatetragedy

The second release from Papa Roach finds the Northern California alt-metal group mining the same aggressive sound that pushed its debut album to triple platinum. On “She Loves Me Not,” frontman Coby Dick, who now goes his given name of Jacoby Shaddix, adds his angry rap vocals to the group’s hard-rock crunch. When he screams the song’s whiny refrain, “life’s not fair,” he sounds at risk of bursting a blood vessel. So it’s probably a good thing P-Roach has joined Eminem on this year’s Anger Management Tour.
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Silverchair - Diorama

These Aussie blokes were only 15 when they released their debut album. My, how they’ve grown. Gone are the grunge influences that tagged them as Nirvana wannabes. Working with legendary arranger Van Dyke Parks (Beach Boys), they’ve come up with a swirling, kaleidoscopic gem. Dreamy songs like “World Upon Your Shoulders” and “Tuna in the Brine” are closer to Pet Sounds than Nevermind . No wonder Parks calls the band’s Daniel Johns “the most talented person I’ve worked with since Brian Wilson.”
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Oasis - Heathen Chemistry

Love ’em or hate ’em—and many dismiss them as arrogant wankers—Oasis are one of the world’s truly great rock ’n’ roll bands. It’s easy to grow weary of the battling Gallagher brothers, but few write better rock songs than Noel or sing them as convincingly as Liam. Already, “The Hindu Times” has been all over the airwaves. But it’s Noel’s anthemic “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” that will get lighters flickering at concerts. And the biggest surprise is Liam’s “Songbird.” Christ, the little twat can write too. Who knew?
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The Vines - Highly Evolved

Add Australia’s Vines to list of groups like Sweden’s Hives, Detroit’s White Stripes and New York’s Strokes who, if you believe the hype, are rock’s new saviors. Truth is, there’s something undeniably thrilling about any garage band that can conjure up magic from three chords and a kickass beat. All of these groups are doing that. Along with the requisite intensity, the Vines can also summon Beatlesque melodies and harmonies on songs like “Autumn Shade,” and the oh-so-sweet “Homesick.” Fookin’ brilliant.
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