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Powerballin' may not street till November, but first single ''Balla Baby'' finds St. Louis dialectician CHINGY escorting lovely lady friends to the Days Inn. Was the ''Holidae'' all booked up? CHINGY.COM/MUSIC.PHP

The hauntingly fragile dirge ''All of Our Hands'' reveals an even darker side of gloomy singer-songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR, whose newest record, Our Shadows Will Remain, just hit stores. JOSEPHARTHUR.COM

On ''Honest Mistake,'' NYC post-punk sensations THE BRAVERY add new-wave synths to gritty grooves for a retro sound that's catchler than Interpol and more genuine than the Killers. THEBRAVERY.COM

VIVA VOCE overwhelm the ears with an infectious mix of airy vocals, kazoos, videogame bleeps, and bumpin' beats. Check out their live performance of the intergalactic ''Wrecking Ball'' at VIVAVOCE.COM.

Originally posted Oct 15, 2004 Published in issue #788 Oct 15, 2004 Order article reprints