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.