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Six picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

A testosterone-filled 'actuality' series, a new soulful CD, a website for the font-struck, and more.

Mark Thomson

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Soul revival

The natural successor to Amy Winehouse may just be ... a man. British singer and guitarist James Hunter has been championing old-school R&B much longer than the young chanteuse, paying his dues as a member of Van Morrison's band. Now, with a voice steeped in Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, and guitar licks that swing as much as they sting, Hunter is poised for a breakthrough as his new album, The Hard Way, is released through Starbucks stores.

Picking favorites

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Racer's edge

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