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Take a bluesy trip down ''Hwy 6'' with punk-rock pioneer JOHN DOE and NEKO CASE on this rollicking duet, a gritty highlight from the former X-man's new collaboration-friendly CD. YEPROC.COM

Ellekari Larsson's mournful wall, the centerpiece of Sweden's THE TINY, has a way of drawing you ''Closer.'' The track's stark instrumentation is pretty compelling too. EYEBALLRECORDS.COM/ARTISTS/THETINY

The Sea and Cake's SAM PREKOP returns with another solo album full of effortlessly sophisticated pop songs. The way he mingles muted horns with warm guitars is ''Something'' to behold. ITUNES.COM

Neo-dance-rockers OUT HUD prove they can freak the funk with the best of them on ''How Long,'' an infectious, bass-slapping exclusive from their upcoming album. KRANKY.NET/NEW.HTML

Originally posted Feb 28, 2005 Published in issue #809 Mar 04, 2005 Order article reprints
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