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: Kimya Dawson, "I'd Rather Go With Friends Than Go Alone" (Call It What You Want This Is Antifolk, Olive Juice); Kelly Willis, "If I Left You," "Easy (As Falling Apart)" (Easy, Rykodisc); Avril Lavigne, "Sk8er Boi" (Let's Go, Arista); Billie Joe Shaver, "That's What She Said Last Night" (Freedom's Child, Compadre); Laura Cantrell, "If It's All the Same to You," "Don't Break the Heart" (When the Roses Bloom Again, Diesel Only); Ben Kweller, "Commerce, TX," "Wasted & Ready" (Ben Kweller, ATO); Mario, "2 Train" (Mario, J).
DUDS: Four Bitchin' Babes, Some Assembly Required (Shanachie); Adam Green, Garfield (Rough Trade); Enrique Iglesias, Escape (Interscope); Justincase (Maverick); the Nihilistics, Al-Qaida Detonator (Visionary); They Might Be Giants, No! (Idlewild).
ADDRESSES: Bloodshot, 3039 West Irving Road, Chicago, IL 60618, www.bloodshotrecords.com; Coup d'Etat, 532 LaGuardia Place, #704, NYC 10012, coupdetat.tv; 4AD, 625 Broadway, second floor, NYC 10012, 4ad.com; Matador, 625 Broadway, 12th floor, NYC 10012, matadorrecs.com; Pinkflag, Box 3459, London SW19 6ES, England, pinkflag.com; Redwing, Box 577575, Chicago, IL 60657, redwingmusic.com; Restless, 826 South Victory Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502, restless.com; Rough Trade, Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23 Street, room 103, NYC 10011, roughtrade.com; Rykodisc, Box 241, Gloucester, MA 01931-0141, rykodisc.com; Saddle Creek, Box 8554, Omaha, NE 68108-9554, saddle-creek.com; Smile, 11410 Aqua Vista Street, Studio City, CA 91604, image-entertainment.com; Sub Pop, Box 20645, Seattle, WA 98102, subpop.com; Vitamen, c/o Blockton, 126 St. Marks Place, NYC 10009, thevitamen.com