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A gorgeous CD from the great unknown, Hem; debut music from singer/poet Pieta Brown; minimalist rockers The White Stripes; a look back at the Talking Heads; Hungarian folk on accordion from Daniel Barksi; a Bach cello suite on ukulele from John King; new pop from 'emo' pioneers Promise Ring.

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The White Stripes, Bartok on accordion, Talking Heads

Rabbit Songs

When I Was Drinking

  • Artist: Hem
  • Album: Rabbit Songs
  • Song: When I Was Drinking

New York song writer Dan Messe puts an ad in the paper for a singer and finds "the most beautiful voice" he's ever heard. Sally Ellyson sings here on Rabbit Songs, a gorgeous debut from the group, Hem.

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Pieta Brown

Blind Dog Yell

  • Artist: Pieta Brown
  • Album: Pieta Brown
  • Song: Blind Dog Yell

The daughter of folk singer, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown's self-titled debut is a ghostly collection of largely melancholy songs rooted in the blues.

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White Blood Cells

We're Going To Be Friends

  • Artist: The White Stripes
  • Album: White Blood Cells
  • Song: We're Going To Be Friends

Jack and Meg White like telling everyone they're a brother/sister duo. But we think they're husband and wife. Regardless, their CD, White Blood Cells is a collection of great, back-to-basics rock.

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Talking Heads '77

Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town

  • Artist: Talking Heads
  • Album: Talking Heads: 77
  • Song: Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town

The Talking Heads were one of the most popular groups to emerge from New York's CBGB music scene. Here we look back at their debut release.

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Free-Reed Odyssey

Three Hungarian Folksongs

  • Artist: Daniel Barski
  • Album: Free-Reed Odyssey
  • Song: Three Hungarian Folksongs

Daniel Barski takes an often ridiculed instrument and melds it with the music of Satie, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Bach and Bartok, creating a beautiful and truly unique CD.

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1 (Bach)

  • Artist: John King
  • Album: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Song: Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1 (Bach)

Like Daniel Barski's accordion versions of baroque classics, John King stretches a small instrument to new lengths with this ukulele version of a Bach cello suite.

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Wood/Water

Suffer Never

  • Artist: The Promise Ring
  • Album: Wood/Water
  • Song: Suffer Never

Often credited with pioneering the genre of brooding "emocore", here the Promise Ring play great pop.

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