The third volume of Vagrant's Another Year on the Streets label compilation series is all unreleased, and flush with additional DVD content. Kicking off with "Exhibit of the Year" from Down to Earth Approach -- a promising young band that sounds like a surgical union of the label's top-line acts -- Another Year moves through a collection of tracks culled from forthcoming releases and stuff unique to itself. Alkaline Trio is convincing and loud covering the Psychedelic Furs' "Heaven," but Autumn to Ashes' run through "Territorial Pissings" is marred by atrocious sound quality. "When It Isn't Like It Should Be" is a Saves the Day rarity from 1997, when they were still down with hyper-melodic hardcore, while Audio Learning Center continues to school the kids in the ways of indie rock past with the strong "New Calvary." Speaking of schooling, rock graybeards should cry tears of Grain Belt beer at the ragged sparkle of unlikely Vagrant signee Paul Westerberg's "As Far as I Know," which might as well be a relic from that vet's heyday. Overall, Another Year is a tidy survey of the label's roster and sound. It's cheap, too, and the bonus video content is tasty gravy.
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