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Lazy J & The Dirty Shuffle – Lazy J & The Dirty Shuffle

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March 30, 2015
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Lazy J & The Dirty Shuffle is a rollicking good time. This is rock n’ roll at its absolute best. With a clear humid Southern feel these are songs packed full of heart and soul. Lyrically the songs focus on universal themes, from relationships to religion. How these songs are built differs: from the...
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Patrick J. Fiore – Small Wooden Room

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March 30, 2015
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Patrick J. Fiore is a male Acoustic-Pop based artist from New York. This might just be the perfect locale to explore the refined pop realm of musical expression. His latest album “Small Wooden Rooms” is a witty-truthful collection of melodic rock that reveals all the a-typical conventions of Acoustic Pop and Singer-Songwriter Folk thus...
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ILLacrimo

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March 27, 2015
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What´s the first thing that cross through your mind when you hear, read or see the word ¨ill¨ – definitely not something nice. That´s because different to maybe ¨Sick¨ (which now some young people use to refer to something that´s either really cool or awesome), ¨Ill¨ still stands for something bad. However, once you...
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Moors and McCumber

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March 27, 2015
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Moors and McCumber have been around a long time, and I’ve never liked them much but this is at least a step in a better direction. The singer/songwriter approach brings a more easy listening sound, similar to Steve Earle and others. The strings on this release “Pandemonium” are also of noteworthy quality as well....
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Liz Graham – “Damaged” & “Charcoal On A Canvas”

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March 26, 2015
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Here are a catchy couple of tunes! I’ll fully admit that I had to look up Liz Graham right away to find out where the music was exactly coming from, and perhaps what her own background might be. As it turns out, she’s from a place called Nyack, New York…which is far away from...
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The Great Game – “Self-Titled”

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March 25, 2015
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The Great Game is one of those rare bands that does it all and does it well. With a madness to them that at times recalls Mr. Bungle’s unhinged spirit, their chops are considerable. Hard rock, jazz, reggae and more the music flows with such passion. Lyrically the songs are cryptic. Melodically they are...
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Micheal Castaldo – “Everything Happens For A Reason”

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March 25, 2015
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Anyone remember Starship? Come on…you do so and you rockers out there secretly loved pumping your fists to the big-beat anthems of love and empowerment they created. Something very similar happening here decades later here in our present-day with Micheal Castaldo’s spiritual new song “Everything Happens For A Reason.” Coming up for release officially...
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Nick de la Hoyde “The Longest Way” (Single)

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March 25, 2015
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I’ll admit it. When it comes to music, I am a bit of a dinosaur. Rap and hip-hop hit the mainstream when I was in my thirties when I had a professional career, wife and kids. Honestly, I didn’t pay it much attention. I was recently sent, was is billed as a hip- hop...
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LOVESUCKER – “Self-Titled” EP

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March 24, 2015
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It’s been an excellent day in the studio here. Started it off interviewing the fantastically-talented Kristia Di Gregorio and now here I get to continue on this wicked start with even more great music coming through my speakers courtesy of Lovesucker. This new self-titled EP has a high-level of sound-fusion and successful combinations that...
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Don Puglisi – Bubbles Of Light – EP Review

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March 23, 2015
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Some good indie-rock put forth here from Don Puglisi. Clearly a seasoned musician that’s got experience and a rich understanding of how to create captivating tapestries of rock that transform themselves and expand into beautiful melodies, solos and overall performances. In those very first opening moments of “Ricochet Girl” you can hear already that...
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Lee Williams – The Pit and the Pendulum

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March 23, 2015
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They don’t make them like Lee Williams and that is a damned shame. Listening to “The Pit and the Pendulum” is like listening to a transmission from an earlier era in rock, one that remembered where it came from. With blues infused into its very soul the song feels incredibly tactile. Everything about the...
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Christine Martucci, Angels of War

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March 23, 2015
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As a 9-year Army vet, Christine knows a thing or two about serving her country proud but music also runs thick through her blood. Standing in the front lines as a 5-Star Music General, Ms. Martucci is firing off her 4th CD titled ‘Angels of War’. Prepare to surrender to the powerful sound Christine...
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Denny Diamond & The Jewels – Diamond Mountain EP

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March 23, 2015
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Denny Diamond & The Jewels is majestic on “Diamond Mountain EP”. The sound is large and all-encompassing. Passionate delivery defines the EP as it unfurls at a languid pace letting the small flourishes of sound bloom into bright bursts. Remarkably colorful in terms of texture and lyrical content these are songs that soar ever...
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Matthew Azrieli – Chloe

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March 23, 2015
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Matthew Azrieli’s “Chloe” is pop music at its most affectionate. His voice is endearing and calm. The arrangements are immaculate with everything in its right place. A timeless sound defines the album with upbeat melodies and reassuring lyrics. Put together, all of this creates the kind of mood a listener can stretch out into,...
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The Afro Nick – The Afro Nick

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March 20, 2015
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The Afro Nick has an effortless cool to it. With a feeling reminiscent of The Strokes at their absolute apex, The Afro Nick delves into a number of wonderful genres. By tapping into a raw classic rock sound the songs are pared down to the absolute basics. Vocals are direct and prominently displayed throughout...
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Attik Door – “Never In Agreement”

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March 20, 2015
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“Never in Agreement” begs to be played loud. Attik Door comes in swinging with a flailing drums, an endless supply of hooks and vocals that soar above it all. Brash, bold, this is rock to a perfect tee. Everything about it from the catchiness to the sense of unity among all the songs. For...
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Novakaine

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March 20, 2015
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Novakaine debuted at Artomatic, DC 2012 as a progressive ensemble performing in the genres of Rock and Blues with hints of Punk and Reggae. The four piece band of experienced musicians come from many different musical and cultural backgrounds. Bringing a combination of these genres gives Novakaine a huge advantage in the industry. Their...
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Catrina Parker

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March 19, 2015
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R&B is probably one of the most difficult genres to sing, because you have to have the “it” factor to make it. Nobody really knows what that is, but when you hear it, you’ll know. There is always a lot of soul and heart in R&B and I could definitely see that Catrina Parker...
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Brannue Life

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March 19, 2015
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Brannue Life lacks nice drops and good bass that is commonly most enjoyed in EDM style songs, without the key drops it anticipation build up. While they’re still fun to listen to I would say they did not make the best EDM song in the world. They don’t lack potential though. If Brannue were...
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Belvedere Chic

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March 19, 2015
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When one thinks of a party anthem, what does one think of? Do they think of the biggest EDM artist at the time? Maybe the biggest pop artist who has the catchiest lyrics that make you want to get up and dance? I’m sure most people would agree that to have a party song,...
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Delilah “Delilah Sings Sarah + 1″ EP

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March 19, 2015
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The ‘Sarah’ in the title refers to famous jazz singer Sarah Vaughan from the 1940’s-ish era, and also points to solo-artist Delilah’s pure love for her music & sound. With this EP, Delilah Sings Sarah + 1 cover of another renowned artist, Nat King Cole, in a set of four songs that display a...
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Paul Kloschinsky – Better Late Than Never

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March 19, 2015
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Paul Kloschinsky is a Folk Rock Singer Songwriter from Delta, BC, Canada. He won the 2007 MusicAid Award for Best Canadian Songwriter for my original song Wearin’ Blue. He just released my first album, Woodlands, February 24, 2009 on Prism/Universal in Canada. Paul Kloschinsky was born in Saskatchewan in 1963. He attended the University...
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Emily Vance

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March 18, 2015
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Emily Vance is of a breed that’s overly common nowadays. She’s a seventeen year-old, delightfully pretty country singer-songwriter with a pop-acoustic vibe. Think Taylor Swift. Her new EP is ‘Finding My Way,’ a four track outing. How does she handle the spotlight, though? Is it original and creative, or contrived and overdone? In this...
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Mark Maze – “Uncomfortable Truths”

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March 18, 2015
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Mark Maze’s “Uncomfortable Truths” are shooting stars of pop perfection. Elegantly crafted these are songs that unfold gradually and gigantically. Nothing but anthems these are the kinds of songs people have no choice but to sing along to for they are about universal truths. Love, anxiousness, rejection, determination, these are the key component of...
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Sasha’s Bloc – Heart on Fire

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March 17, 2015
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You be hard press to find something negative to say about Sasha’s Bloc. They’ve honed their old school jazz and swing sound to a fine art, and deliver it perfectly in their new album. Founded three years ago by Alexander Gershman, the bassist, the band combines a wide range of musicians who are all...
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Last Charge of the Light Horse – Nine Kinds of Happy

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March 17, 2015
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I am an avid rock music lover, for a really long while I labeled myself as a ¨Rocker¨ as the one and only genre I will really be mostly into and the other type of music, well, let´s just say I barely paid attention to them – of course, as I grew up and...
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832 – The RAP-ture

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March 17, 2015
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832’s “The RAP-ture” is a moody album that emerges from the darkness into the light. Throughout the album the tempos move through at a slow and deliberate pace. Vocal delivery matches the overall sense of darkness that permeates most of the album. Religious imagery finds itself embedded within the lyrics, the idea of eternal...
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Gibrish, Single Preview/Review

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March 16, 2015
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Gibrish is off and running with their latest single that features 3 tracks people will definitely be talking about! This Swedish-based band incorporates an array of different musical elements & styles from folk, rock, blues, jazz and pop to fusion, world music, alternative country and soul. Gibrish has got you covered on all levels...
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Evan – ‘New Folk’

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March 16, 2015
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Evan’s “New Folk” shows the future of folk music. With an excellent mixture of both Evan’s intimate voice with the full warmth brought on by his band, “New Folk” excels at the emotive. Songs are remarkably catchy. Rhythms roll by as gentle breezes. His strong voice is the centerpiece of the album weaving the...
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Dave Plaehn – Radio Sister

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March 16, 2015
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Dave Plaehn’s “Radio Sister” is music that soothes the soul. Incredibly lush the arrangements are tasteful and restrained. The playfulness of the band is apparent, the glistening keyboards, the tight rhythms, and the clean guitars. Lyrically the songs are full of hope. Stylistically Dave Plaehn covers a wide range from Steely Dan inspired blues...
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Dear Criminals – weapons | crave

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March 13, 2015
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Dear Criminals work with the gritty sounds of life. Effortlessly combining moody electronics and longing vocals the pieces have maintain a delicate balance. On one hand the songs possess a true sense of humanity akin to the hushed tones of the most intimate folk. The minimal electronics are tastefully deployed throughout the album. At...
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David Arn – “Walking To Dreamland”

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March 12, 2015
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This somewhat mysterious singer-songwriter from the East Coast just released his latest 10 Track CD entitled “Walking to Dreamland” in 2014. Overall Internet presence is slowly taking shape as I learned a few things about him even before I hit play. The CD hits the deck running with a strong “Walking to Dreamland” title...
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Christopher Giles – Finding My Way

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March 12, 2015
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Maine native Christopher Giles’ debut album, Finding My Way, is a strong entry in Christian contemporary circles. Terms like that tend to leave secular listeners wavering over an artist’s personal appeal. A single listen to this album will dismiss any concerns. Giles astutely filters his spiritual message through every day language and resists any...
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Young Pandas – Enigmas

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March 12, 2015
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This is the energy that I need right now to wake me up. I’ve been on my grind again; passing the 300th mark for reviews officially with #301 right here with Young Pandas, the opening cut “Say What You Mean” starts off Enigmas with the musical equivalent of a Red Bull as they get...
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L.A. Davis

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March 11, 2015
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Singer/songwriter L.A. Davis was born in the bustle and commune of London’s East End. His spirit and determination to succeed come from an overwhelming ability to understand life from a lesser advantaged view point. As a true ‘Cockney’ Londoner, he centers his lyrics right from the heart…. ‘….it really doesn’t matter what a melody...
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Sarantos – “We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve”

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March 11, 2015
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We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve is a song dedicated to that universal truth: the feeling of hopelessness that precedes and follows any breakup. The lyrics focus on the sadness that one experiences with being alone. A full sound accompanies Sarantos’s voice as the band takes on a cinematic scope. Sweeping sounds...
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True Groove All-Stars – Fully Re-Covered

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March 10, 2015
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True Groove All-Stars gives a new twist to the old classics. Stretched out mellow covers tap into the calm of each original song. Usually these grooves verge on the dreamy, as the pieces themselves highlight their unique approach. Vocal delivery seems to come from far away and are rather airy in terms of delivery....
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Pat McGee

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March 9, 2015
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Pat McGee’s self-titled record, his 10th effort is a doozie. Recorded in Los Angeles in 2014, with a legendary band: Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Jeff Pevar and guests: Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher as well as the PMB powerhouse players! To...
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Damon & Matthews – “Magic Dreams”

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March 9, 2015
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“Magic Dreams” recalls a woozy kind of pop, the kind of comforting thing needed after eight hours at work. Damon & Matthews work in creating an unusual mood, rigid with a motorik rhythm before it loosens up into a strange dream interlude. Comparisons to those wonderful early 2000s solo artists, the ones who did...
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Anjali Ray

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March 4, 2015
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East meets west in perfect harmony with New Delhi’s Anjali Ray as she releases Indigo Boy. Influenced by the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Sade, and Tori Amos, this Hindi artist understands the irresistible mix of pop sensibilities and dynamic lyricism. Citing her extensive training in playing classical piano, Indian Hindustani classical vocal training, and...
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