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Rapper Webbie's "Southern Life 2" (Asylum), featuring the hit "Independent."

The Cowboy Junkies' "Trinity Revisited" (Rounder), updating the group's seminal 1988 album "The Trinity Sessions."

Christian rock act the Afters' "Never Going Back to OK" (Columbia).

A double-disc collection from R&B duo Ashford & Simpson, "Hits, Remixes and Rarities: The Warner Brothers Years" (Rhino).

Hip-hop veteran Pete Rock's "NY's Finest" (Nature Sounds).

A new album from shoegazer-y indie rock act Beach House, "Devotion" (Carpark).

Singer/songwriter Tift Merritt's "Another Country" (Fantasy).

R&B vocalist Cheri Dennis' "In and Out of Love" (Bad Boy).

Indie/dance outfit Ghostland Observatory's "Robotique Majestique" (Trashy Moped).

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