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The Rascalz - ReLoaded

Hip-hop crew the Rascalz enjoyed a taste of the pop charts with “Top of the World,” featuring Jamaica’s Barrington Levy. This time around, the Vancouver rappers are employing the same radio-friendly approach, mixing rock and reggae influences into their sound, but relying more on Canadian guests like k-os, who lends his distinctive vocals to “One Shot.” Says the Rascalz’ Red 1: “We’re at the level now where we don’t really need to go across the border because there’s a bunch of wicked MCs in Canada.”
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Bruce Springsteen - The Rising

Springsteen’s label has no news about it, but my reliable Bruce freak source reports that this promises to be grander than most Boss recordings, full of lush strings, gospel vocals and songs that tackle Big Issues. Recorded with the E Street Band and producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young), the album will include one epic (“Into the Fire”) about firefighters entering the World Trade Center on 9/11. It also coincides with a release by Philly hard-rockers Marah, featuring a Springsteen guest appearance.
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Neko Case - Black Listed

Everything alt-country’s torchiest singer touches turns to gold, from her charming Corn Sisters duo with Carolyn Mark and her membership in power-pop’s wondrous New Pornographers to her own captivating solo albums. Although born in Virginia, Case spent her formative musical years in Vancouver, which makes her at least an honorary Canuck. And it means we can call her latest one of the best Canadian albums of the year, full of spooky ballads and beguiling waltzes sung in a voice that could melt glaciers.
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