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Wil - By December

He lives in a Vancouver Island forest and his single name conjures up visions of Bim and Valdy, two popular B.C. folkies from the 1970s. But Wil is no tree-hugging wannabe. Nor is his latest album a collection of crunchy granola ditties. In fact, robust numbers like “Tell You Twice,” “Wedding Dress” and “Big Life,” a hopeful epic co-written with 54-40’s Neil Osborne, bear more of a resemblance to driving, anthemic songs by Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, whose members contribute to this powerful major-label debut. May 22
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Stars - Do You Trust Your Friends?

Feist and Stars are labelmates on Arts & Crafts, which is giving the remix treatment to Montreal dream-pop collective’s Set Yourself on Fire the way it did with Feist’s Let it Die. Although it’s hard to imagine improving on Stars’ wondrous album, several “re-interpretations and re-imaginings” of those songs standout, including Final Fantasy’s chamber-quartet rendition of “Your Ex-Lover is Dead,” the Most Serene Republic’s Django-ish “Ageless Beauty” and Junior Boys’ minimalist take on “Sleep Tonight.”May 22    
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Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

The Chicago rock legends have released some inspired albums, from 1996’s classic Being There to 2004’s Grammy winning A Ghost is Born. Fueled by leader Jeff Tweedy’s fertile imagination, the group’s latest features the folky opening gem “Either Way,” the funky “Walken” and the Band-like “You Are My Face.” “Impossible Germany,” with its clever rejoinder “unlikely Japan,” is a clever observational road song, while the moving “Hate it Here” is Tweedy’s spirited tale of heartache and housework.May 15
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