This week I'll be running down some of the sweet tracks included on the 2008 version of the Alive Local Music Compilation. Be sure to come out to our show this Friday, June 20, at the High Five. Free show. Free CD. See you at 9 p.m.

Artist: The Slide Machine Track: "2000 Czech Crown" Album: Alive: Amplified Listen

The city's best prog-rock band, owing an unmistakable debt to King Crimson, plays loud, bombastic, authoritative, ferocious tunes -- a lot like Dwight K. Shrute's band would sound if he had one. They blew people away at our Bands to Watch show in January, and their track adds a killer edge to the pop and hip-hop elsewhere on the 2008 comp.