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The Clientele + Great Lakes

On their records, the Clientele sound hazy. Playing in 100-degree heat, they look that way too.

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15 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Baby Dayliner

Does everyone really love an Italian girl?

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

What Gets Into Us by Moira Crone

Like the works of Flannery O'Connor, this collection transcends the genre of "Southern Literature" and probes deeply into the paradoxes of the psyche and the zeitgeist of modern America.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gene Simmons Family Jewels

Once again, a seemingly antisocial and arrogant rock icon turns out to be a sharp, smart businessman with a solid family unit and a soft and cuddly offstage demeanor.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Inside Man (2006)

Appearing in tight shots, the grainy hi-def digital exacerbating their complexities, the interviewees are traumatized or performative, sometimes both.

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Agalloch: Ashes Against the Grain

Agalloch's third album continues to tread new ground, and the results are electrifying.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Zox: The Wait

I like Zox.  These boys have spunk.  They rock when they need to rock, they’ve got the tender side that makes the

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Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End

With Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End, the duo once again showcase their ability to update and reframe old-school magic with lateral thinking and hipster showmanship.

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Christian McBride: Live at Tonic

A triple-dose of jazz bass monsterhood -- one slice of contemporary fusion followed by two slices of jam-o-rific guest-laden funk. Get your jazz groove on.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Format: Dog Problems

Dog Problems sounds like Disney on crack -- which makes for one of the best albums of the summer.

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The Delgados: The Complete BBC Peel Sessions

John Peel is sadly gone, and the Delgados are sadly no more. Yet this two-disc compilation from one of Scotland's finest does both the band and the radio icon extremely proud.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Ides of March: Vehicle

This hodge-podge by a Blood Sweat & Tears sound-alike, rushed out to capitalize on the title track's success, fails to live up to that song's campy ludicrousness.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Syd Matters: Syd Matters

Essential for a good songwriter, Matters' tunes never become predictable.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Catherine Russell: Cat

She's got a voice that can sell anything from salad dressing to credit card debt. After years in the industry, she's releasing her debut.

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Rachael Sage: The Blistering Sun

We may have a new leader in the battle of the fiery redheads with seven albums and an affinity for the piano...

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14 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

The Nervous Exits: Get Out

The Nervous Exits are a band on Myspace.com. Can you imagine? A band on Myspace.com! Unbelievable! Fortunately they tend to make you want

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14 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Bob Sinclar: Western Dream

Superstar French DJ samples C&C Music Factory: What's wrong with this picture?

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Lovebox Weekender Festival Featuring Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip, Gullemots, Lily Allen, Gogol Bordello

Pitting the marvelous against the mediocre, London's Lovebox maintains its might in the face of dance music's post-millennial meltdown.

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The Tall Ships: Paint Lines on Your Glasses Look Up at the Stars and Play Them As Notes

The Tall Ships aren’t about those large schooners and old boats that dock in various North American harbors every year.  Rather, they are

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14 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pulse (2006)

The ghost mirrors Mattie and threatens her: even as she thinks she imagines it, she doesn't.

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