Soul Shower’s Summer Fling adds a pair of covers to the festivities;

Some Velvet Blog goes apeshit with music-y goodness, offering a taste of the acoustic stylings of Chris and Thomas, some tracks from The Mohawk Lodge, some Patrick Cleandenim, the original songs that inspired Mark Ronson’s Version, a sampling of some new New Buffalo, and a YouTube-powered look back at some of the finest musical moments of The Simpsons;

Ickmusic experiences Swamba redux, defends Cinderella, and takes a nostalgic ride through Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love;

The Hits Just Keeps on Comin’ heralds the coming of Vinyl Record Day;

Huxtabled makes your jaw drop in amazed horror, NBC-in-’86 style;

Py Korry connects the dots between Harry Potter and politics, looks at Nigeria from space, and explores the continuum of cheating before digging up another vinyl side and giving us rare cuts from Elvis Costello and Sting and spinning an L.A.-themed Mix Six;

The Lovely Mrs. Davis continues her Minivan Rotation;

Dablog doffs its cap to Manfred Mann;

AM, Then FM swoons over Marcia Ball;

Gaper’s Blog says Spoon is the best band going — and challenges you to prove otherwise;

Kurt’s Krap returns from the dead, and promptly declares Mr. Mister’s Welcome to the Real World a classic;

Jeff Vrabel boogies down at the Harry Potter release party, reviews the new live Pearl Jam, and interviews Ben Harper;

Consumerist lists the minimum wages of all 50 states;

Little Hits throws down a New Wave trivia challenge;

T-Sides catches St. Vincent at the Bowery Ballroom, then witnesses the end of Siren Fest;

I Am Fuel, You Are Friends shares some sweet George Harrison demos;

Jason enters the Mines of Mellow Gold and sees Air Supply in concert, then attacks a 24-year-old chart;

Mulberry Panda 96 wants to know if you like aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart?!?;

Lost in the ’80s takes a look at what went down when New Wave happened to Sheena Easton:

:Meanwhile, over at Bullz-Eye, I review the latest offerings from Peter Himmelman, Teddy Thompson, and Kelly Willis.

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Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles is the founder and editor-in-chief of Popdose and Dadnabbit, as well as an entertainment writer whose work can be seen at Rotten Tomatoes and a number of other sites. Hey, why not follow him at Twitter while you're at it?

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