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EW recommends tracks by The DB's, Lady Sovereign, John Vanderslice, and Bottom of the Hudson

Download This: August 19, 2005

> Without power-pop trailblazers THE DB'S, bands like R.E.M. and Fountains of Wayne might not exist. A new track, ''World to Cry,'' proves the reunited foursome haven't lost their gift for biting melody. THEDBSONLINE.NET

> Spunky munchkin MC LADY SOVEREIGN proves that teenage white girls from London can rap too, as she pokes fun at Nelly and J. Lo on ''Random,'' a straight-up bonkers ode to spontaneity. ITUNES.COM

> Weaving the bittersweet details of a journalist's lustful quest for solace in Iraq, ace songwriter JOHN VANDERSLICE makes his character's plight haunting and universal on ''Trance Manual.'' BARSUK.COM/TRANCEMANUAL

> Wailing guitars drunk on feedback slash through ''Holiday Machine,'' a sprawling triumph from BOTTOM OF THE HUDSON. Just don't expect this song to remember your name in the morning. BOTTOMOFTHEHUDSON.COM

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints

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