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Discoveries of 2006 from WFUV's 'City Folk Morning'

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Claudia Marshall, host of City Folk Morning on New York-based NPR station WFUV, compiled this list of the year's best discoveries: breakthrough artists likely to make a bigger mark in the months and years to come.

Elizabeth and the Catapult

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Momma's Boy

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The EP only has six songs, but already it's clear that this unsigned New York band has the goods — especially for fans of Aimee Mann.

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"Pocket Full of Change"

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This is the real thing: true Southern rock, with no label and no filler.

Richard Julian

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If a Heart Breaks

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Paul Simon and Randy Newman have a brilliant new peer in this New York-based singer-songwriter, who exudes humor, intelligence and soul.

David Mead

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The Trouble with Henry

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See above, add a sparkling power-pop sound.

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Ave. A

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A casualty of the music business, Jamie Block quit making music to work on Wall Street. Luckily, though, the songs kept coming, and he returned to the studio to make this remarkable record.

Jamie Lidell

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Multiply

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A British producer turned soul singer gets down on this fine throwback to the work of funk and soul's legends.

James Hunter

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Talking 'Bout My Love

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Recalling the soul sounds of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, this record propels the music of that era firmly into the present. The recording doesn't do justice to Hunter's high-voltage live performances, but it's a good place to start.

L.E.O.

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Distracted

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L.E.O. is a novelty, but it's got a surprising amount of staying power. Pop magician Mike Viola lends his vocals to this tribute of sorts to E.L.O. Meanwhile, Viola also released an acoustic solo CD this year, along with a delightful collection of early tracks from his band The Candy Butchers.

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"Replace You"

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Wilco remains one of the best bands working today, but it's still hard to accept the departure of multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett, whose The Magnificent Defeat demonstrates the degree to which he shaped the Wilco sound.

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