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This week, we review Brigades Like This and Peck the Town Crier.

Brigades Like This, Brigades Like This (Lifeboat Records). Great intentions don't always yield great results. Better mixing would go a long way for Bridges Like This' debut, which stumbles in the muddy shoegazing of bands like Mogwai and My Bloody Valentine.

Peck the Town Crier, Groundhog's Day (self-released). Peck the Town Crier has waged war against predictability. Slowish raps tend toward spoken word and performance art, while low-key backing tracks tap into jazz, funk, bluegrass, marches, and more. Not everything works, but at least nothing is expected.

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