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Hoobastank: Every Man for Himself

It seems that until Hoobastank finally give in to their hidden adult-contemporary desires, they will be destined to languish in a morass of unoriginality.

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The Trachtenburg Family Slide Show Players + Corn Mo

'I heard there's another daughter,' the punter pontificates. 'But she's not talented, so you don't let her play in the band.' My gosh, is it true?!

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17 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Snakes & Music: Isabelle

I hate records that you can instantly get a feel for and sink your teeth into; they often leave you disappointed at the end. And

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17 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Root 70: Heaps Dub

On first tone, you’d think this was the Youngblood Brass Band. But the Root 70 jazz quartet’s sound grows much larger on Heaps Dub,

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Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive EP

There’s an inherent problem with out-of-high-school bands—and that’s maturity.  Sometimes the artist will arrive both musically and lyrically loaded on the

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Adam Gnade: Run Hide Retreat Surrender

“Singer” and “songwriter” Adam Gnade would like his “vocals” to be seen as resembling those of Lou Reed and the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn,

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The Movies: Stunts and Effects

The substance of Stunts and Effects is only as good as the property on which it rests.

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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

Lack of understanding will be a sort of theme for Danny Leiner's film, uneven but full of rewarding subtleties.

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Various Artists: Hello Radio: The Songs of They Might Be Giants

The rare tribute album that actually fulfills a legitimate need in terms of paying tribute to the artist in question.

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Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West

Live at Fillmore West puts the exclamation point in "Queen of Soul!"

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

For all that Black Swan Green seals itself in childhood, it dually seals itself off from children.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Broadcast: Future Crayon

A collection of non-essential B-sides spoiled by a preponderance of half-realized instrumentals.

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Underworld: The Riverrun Project

Whether they've truly subverted the label dynamic by going online-only, or simply succumbed to the long fade of dance music, this three-piece-suite offers both the best and most dreary of Underworld's once-vital work.

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Frasier: The Complete Eighth Season

All Frasier's bad behavior seems headed toward a climax, or at least a confrontation.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Magdalenas Brain

A devious thriller on top of a sly psychological character study.

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Liberty Ellman: Ophiuchus Butterfly

A unique guitarist from the young New York scene plays funky, angular music with a sextet grounded in tuba and reeds.

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Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon: Two Much Guitar

These two premier Canadian guitarists (tendencies of Burrell, Montgomery, Kessel, etc.) have it sown up with retail sites that let you hear the first half

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Pony Up!: Make Love to the Judges with your Eyes

Montreal foursome straddles the line between TRL-friendly emo and haunting indie rock.

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Rory Block: The Lady and Mr. Johnson

Ms. Block doesn't try to be individualist, or to imitate. She interprets Robert Johnson's songs faithfully: lets them be heard better.

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Steely Dan + Michael McDonald

There's no middle ground -- you either get Steely Dan, or you don't. Of course, there's always room for new recruits...

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