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Hugo of Anthropia: A My Favourite Things Short Take: Iron Maiden for Maidens

One musician's method for converting the ladies and curing heavy metal loneliness.

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29 Nov 2006 // 2:02 AM

Day Break

You might say this day is refigured in Brett's own body, frequently bloodied -- cut, beaten, shot -- and something of an objective corollary for his psychic state.

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The Awkward Stage: Heaven Is for Easy Girls

With smart lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, lots of hooks, and an early autumn mood, Heaven Is for Easy Girls is a sure winner for lovers of indie pop everywhere.

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29 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?

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28 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo's Tara Nevins is a soulful singer-songwriter, one that could stand alongside better-known talents like Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Dixie Chicks any day.

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28 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Astronomy Class: Exit Strategy

You need more than just dub to differentiate yourself from the host of Australian hip hoppers making CDs in their b-e-drooms.

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Jeff Beck: Truth and Beck-Ola

The liner notes to these reissues find Beck to be proud, combative, honest, and reflective -- pretty much a parallel to the often fierce music on these seminal albums.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Softcomplex: Barcelona

An all too lightweight release from a so-called supergroup.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon requires commitment.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Fountain

The Fountain worries too much about crafting its symbols... to have time for Tom and Izzi's lives.

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Copping Free by Matthew Carnahan

Quinn is just too perfect to be a true noir hero.

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David Krakauer and Socalled with Klezmer Madness: Bubbemeises

Klezmer meets hip-hop with hopes of having latkes of fun.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Oasis: Stop the Clocks

Whatever you think of the Faces/Beatles-chord pilfering and Liam's ability to turn "shine" into a three-syllable insult, when these guys are on, they float right over their own press.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Wobblies (1979)

For recovering this forgotten segment of American history, and for rightly emphasizing that dissent is a crucial component of the American heritage, The Wobblies does a service for us all.

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36 Crazyfists: Rest Inside the Flames

Can 'flaming' passion compensate for blatant unoriginality?

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Transformers Armada: Season 1, Part 2

Hasbro toys may be great for the kids, but when it comes to creating a dramatic animated series, Transformers Armada should have been left at the bottom of the toy box.

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Darc Mind: Symptomatic of a Greater Ill

You're telling me this album's 10 years old? Seriously? Damn.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dani Siciliano: Slappers

One potentially Very Important Album, three critical responses.

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Various Artists: Electric Gypsyland 2

Electric Gypsyland 2 is a good sequel: a playful, explorative sequel that takes the basic idea from its predecessor and uses it as a foundation, not a restriction.

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The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: One and the Same

Categorizing this 39 minutes of music that takes itself so seriously as jazz is questionable, even if there is improvisation.

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