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The Futureheads: News and Tributes

The Futureheads provide the sort of control that leads to recklessness.

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25 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Court and Spark: Hearts

Yet another set of songs in the key of moody California Americana from a band that decided not to stray too far from the comforts of formula.

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25 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Natacha Atlas: Mish Maoul

Atlas' gorgeous voice presides over the entirety of Mish Maoul, imbuing these songs with a prayerful authenticity that transcends the genre.

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John Long: Lost and Found

Thirty years a young white bluesman, a solid belated debut for John Long

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Romica Puceanu and The Gore Brothers: Sounds From A Bygone Age: Vol. 2

Romica Puceanu never made a name for herself outside Romania, which is fine for the Romanians but harsh on the rest of us. We've been missing out.

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T-Bone Burnett: Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett

It doesn’t matter if you know any of the songs: hyphen or not, good music is simply good music. Here’s to a career that’s been full of it.

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	Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy! Live in ‘79 [DVD]

Teddy Pendergrass in concert is also Teddy Pendergrass at his best, because he's a performer who simply thrives on audience interaction.

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25 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

Richard Hawley

Hawley's tunes bristle with experience and come soaked in impossible longing, leaving the listener open-mouthed and bursting with heated blood.

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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

It's a superhero movie, so all these choices involve massive destruction -- buildings disintegrating, fireballs flying, bodies detonating.

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25 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dark Star Orchestra

Raising the dead or spinning them in their graves?

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25 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen

As far as I know, Cohen isn't dying of anything other than the slow death of the existentialist, but there are portions of Book of Longing that read with the calmness of somebody who's reached Kubler-Ross' last stage: acceptance.

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Zucchini Drive: Being Kurtwood

Being Kurtwood is a tense, angrily introspective 10-track rundown of tough-guy shoegazing, generically despairing raps, and competent but generally unimpressive production.

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Phoenix: Its Never Been Like That

The lack of imperfections makes these supposed lightning bolts of inspiration sound awfully, well, calculated.

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Tilly and the Wall: Bottoms of Barrels

Exuberant music that's always in motion, but also seeks to be a rock of support for the fragile and restless at heart.

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Eleventh Dream Day: Zeroes and Ones

One of the most consistent of rock bands offers a profound questioning of life on their latest.

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Magical Power Mako: Super Record

Japanese experimental-rock trio re-releases their groundbreaking album after thirty years. Its creativity still holds up strongly, though a little more songwriting focus wouldn't have hurt.

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Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentors

Morrissey has become Morrissey-eque, a dull carbon copy of the Morrissey from years past.

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Boban Markovic Orkestar feat. Marko Markovic: The Promise: The King of Balkan Brass

The solo flugelhorns are exciting, but it's the sound of the group that brings the album together.

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24 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lostep: Because We Can

DJ's from Down Under strut their stuff, only to come off as sonically self indulgent.

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It's a not-so-serious story featuring costumed super-heroes, which in today's day and age is a welcome change from the norm.

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