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LILLIX
Falling Uphill (Maverick)

Fans of Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and Vanessa Carlton should have little trouble getting into this pop-rock debut. Formed in Crankbrook, British Columbia, this quartet of young ladies combines Wilson-Phillips-style three-part harmonies with up-tempo numbers, and deserves respect for writing their own tunes and playing their own instruments — well. “Tomorrow” and “Quicksand” rock with hints of Lavigne’s “Complicated,” and they even crank out a fun, beefed-up cover of the Romantics’ “What I Like About You.”

JACK JOHNSON
On and On (Moonshine Conspiracy)

Jack’s back with stacks of more laid-back songs. Since the 27-year-old, Hawaiian-raised surfer dude made a big splash with his 2000 release, Brushfire Fairytales, and in particular the tune “Flake,” the hype and admiration for his music has been building. His lifestyle of surf and sand translates well in the soft acoustic-based tracks and whisper-smooth voice.

REVIS
Places for Breathing (Epic)

If you like your music to have a bit of a hard edge to it, then this will get your motor running. Frontman/lead singer Justin Holman’s voice offers a hint of Peter Murphy, and sounds a little like Bush on “Straight Jacket Label” and “City Beneath.”

— JAMES E. MAYFIELD


EVENT

FAN FAIR 2003
Billed as the “World’s Biggest Country Music Festival,” Nashville, Tennessee’s, 32nd Annual Fan Fair (June 5-8) features top country music stars Brooks & Dunn, Deanna Carter, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina, and more. For heavy stargazing and to keep the party going long after the concerts have ended, there’s Fan Fair After Hours, live entertainment at downtown Nashville hotspots. (866) 326-3247, www.fanfair.com
— ANNA FIALHO