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second album, Stripped Down ($2.97), contains three progressive rock

her Minneapolis childhood with one of her bands, ONE OF THE BOYS , through their recently released six-song EP Pinned Up. As a tribute to the musical era she grew up with, Schlieske’s EP takes a female perspective as she includes cover songs by musical greats, including Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks, and The Replacements. Her other band, TINA AND THE B-SIDES , plans to release an album in March. “It was recorded in my old hometown, Minneapolis, at Terrarium Studios where Prince, Beck, and many others have recorded,” she says.

their softer, soulful side as well. • Isla Vista-based band THE OLÉ’S have released a new EP, No Strings (free)—three songs that stay true to their signature sound of reggae, hip-hop, and rock, creating up-beat high-energy music. • Son of Carpinteria-based actor Alan Thicke, R&B/soul musician ROBIN THICKE

had a breakthrough year with his sixth PHOTOGRAPHS: TINA SCHLIESKE, BLUE CALEEL

LISTEN TO THIS Now living in Santa Barbara, TINA SCHLIESKE reflects on

songs that resemble the hard-rock appeal of their first album yet shows

album, Blurred Lines ($13.99). Produced by wunderkind Pharrell Williams, the upbeat collection of songs offers what proved to be the hit of the summer. • Santa Barbara natives TOMMY AND THE HIGH PILOTS

have not only been

touring nationally, but have also released their fourth album, Only Human ($7.99). Energy, enthusiasm, and passion are released through the catchy lyrics and alt/poprock sound.

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