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Undertow Records

By now Undertow Records is the grandfather of St. Louis labels. But they certainly didn't rest on their laurels as they neared their tenth year in existence. In fact, the collective gave nationally known indie juggernauts like Merge and Matador a run for their money in 2006, judging from the number of quality albums it released—among them For What I Don't Become, a barnstorming twang-attack from Murfreesboro, Tennessee's Glossary; Heavy Rock, haunting bedroom folk from the Artificial Hearts; and New Appreciation for Sunshine, by woozy psychedelic rockers the Cush. Perhaps the most notable Undertow releases (at least in the Lou), though, were stellar new albums from two of the scene's finest bands, Waterloo (Out of the Woods) and Magnolia Summer (From Driveways' Lost View). National or local, it doesn't matter—Undertow treats <\#213>em all with respect and integrity.

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