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-- ''Crime pays,'' raps SHYNE on ''More or Less'' -- an odd claim, considering he's in prison. Still, the prerelease from his Aug. 10 comeback, ''Godfather Buried Alive,'' is a welcome taste of his Biggie-like flow. ITUNES.COM

-- After a 10-year break, rootsy indie rockers AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB sound revitalized, if typically moody, on ''Another Morning,'' a preview of October's ''Love Songs for Patriots.'' AMERICANMUSICCLUB.COM

-- Brit rapper DIZZEE RASCAL is only getting better, judging from his breakbeat-driven new single, ''Stand Up Tall.'' WWW.BBC.CO.UK/RADIO/AOD/1XTRA_AOD.SHTML?1XTRA_DIZZEE_STANDUPTALL

-- ''Half Smiles of the Decomposed,'' GUIDED BY VOICES' final CD (due Aug. 24) marks a return to form for the indie icons. Dig their buoyant ''Everybody Thinks I'm a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking).'' WWW.GBV.COM

Originally posted Jul 30, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints