By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
CHOICE CUTS: Everlast, "Life's a Bitch" (Black and White, Loud); Green Velvet, "Answering Machine," "Flash" (Green Velvet, F-111); Hoku, "Another Dumb Blonde" (Hoku, Geffen); the Lox, "Intro" (We Are the Streets, Ruff Ryders/Interscope).
DUDS: Lullaby Baxter Trio, Capable Egg (Atlantic); Boss Hog, Whiteout (In the Red); Ruth Brown, Here's That Rainy Day (Garland); Killah Priest, View from Masada (MCA); Ute Lemper, Punishing Kiss (Decca); Audra McDonald, How Glory Goes (Nonesuch); Other Star People, Diamonds in the Belly of the Dog (A&M).
ADDRESSES: Battle Axe, 161 C Street, P.O. Box 3969, Blaine, WA 98231-3969; Higher Octave, 23852 Pacific Coast Highway, suite 2C, Malibu, CA 90265, higheroctave.com; J-Bird, c/o Navarre, 7400 49th Avenue North, New Hope MN 55428, j-birdrecords.com; Kill Rock Stars, PMB 418, 120 State Avenue NE, Olympia, WA 98501, killrockstars.com; Matador, 625 Broadway, 12th floor, NYC 10012, matador.recs.com; Quannum Projects, 360 Grand Avenue, suite 145, Oakland, CA 94610, quannum.com; Quarterstick, Box 25432, Chicago, IL 60625, southern.com; Rawkus, 676 Broadway, NYC 10012, rawkus.com; Righteous Babe, Box 95, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205, email@example.com; 75 Ark, 77 Chambers Street, 4th floor, NYC 10007, firstname.lastname@example.org; Shimmy-Disc, 74 Leonard Street, NYC 10013, shimmydisc.com; Thrill Jockey, Box 476794, Chicago, IL 60647, email@example.com; V2, 14 East 4th Street, NYC 10003, v2music.com.