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Vanna: The Search Party Never Came

Emocore needs an act like Thrice, a creative band capable of crossing over from the adolescent crowd to mainstream rock. What emocore doesn’t need

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10 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Shapes: The Shapes

It’s exciting to find an unsigned band who are on the verge of making it. This tingly vibe is currently attached to New York

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

So You Think You Can Dance

Less deliberately confrontational than Nigel Lythgoe, the other, merely aggravating judges also solicit viewers' contempt, aligning them with relatively sympathetic contestants.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Three Moons Over Milford

Yet another 'quirky small town' series, Three Moons over Milford offers conventional characters: newly divorced mother, troublesome but good-hearted kids, and attractive love interest.

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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Liberty City Stories isn't the bold new GTA game many fans were hoping for.

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DJ Quik: Born & Raised in Compton: The Greatest Hits

For over a decade and a half, the man born David Blake has served as MC, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, making him one of the genre's most well-rounded talents.

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Matthew Friedberger: Winter Women / Holy Ghost Language School

Chances are, a simple look at the name of the artist tells you all you need to know about what's contained on the album.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Find Me Guilty (2006)

All dressed up but not much to say.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Making Easy Listening by Tim J. Anderson

In Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording, Tim J. Anderson shifts the focus away from more familiar approaches to popular music studies in favor of an examination of the creation of the cultural objects, techniques, and industries that played a significant role in popular music as we know it today.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Oh! Calcutta!

Chalk it up to the same societal impulse that produced such it-sounded-good-at-the time pop cultural ephemera as "The Macarena" and bicycle shorts.

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Struggle in the Hive: Struggle in the Hive

The tandem of Nigel Jeffrey and B Patric has created some decent tunes on this self-titled release. Easily comparable to early Pink Floyd tracks like “

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Say Hi To Your Mom: Impeccable Blahs

An eclectic look into the world of vampires that tells us more about humans. Not a concept album, but an album with a concept.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Knight: Enough Rope

The coolest thing is that this might not even be the album of his career.

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The Wonder Stuff: Suspended by Stars

While the Wonder Stuff's comeback was questioned last time around, this disc makes a case for both change and longevity.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Sail Away

Although some artists are labeled "best" with surprising ease and frequency, others need a bit of advocacy on their behalf. Here's a well-deserved salute to Randy Newman.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Kahoots: Fourteen Ghosts

The Kahoots clearly know their indie pop, but are still searching for an identity.

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Scholar & TrueBLESS: The Love Freedom Movement

If Scholar & TrueBLESS could make a feature film, I’d bet half my CD collection it would be a parody of Quentin Tarantino’s

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Sandoz: Live in the Earth - Sandoz in Dub Chapter 2

Bill Laswell took his jazz roots to dub with his RadioAxiome project collaboration with Jah Wobble. Now Richard Kirk, founder of ‘70s industrial post-punk outfit

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9 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Astral Doors: Astralism

Old school metal fans, you are going to like this. They might be from Sweden, but Astral Doors has mastered the classic heavy metal sound

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9 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Forget Cassettes: Salt

Unhinged, but in control. Guitarist, songwriter, and frontwoman Beth Cameron sings from the edge, nearly teetering over, and then snapping back. She’s an alt-Mary

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