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Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:01 PM

Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.

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The Horrors: The Horrors EP

Release the bats! This debut EP by UK "band of the moment" is full of style over substance garage-rock, watered down, cartoon darkness -- and not a lot else.

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Black Label Society: Shot to Hell

"Does anyone have any jumper cables?"

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette started out as what we today would call dumb as a stump.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Califone

Califone's music has the feel of whiskey soaked nights with no romance, and the dry caress of dust and dementia.

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The Exquisite by Laird Hunt

Does one narrative take place before the other, or are they happening at the same time? The game is afoot."

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Isis: In the Absence of Truth

Even though Isis's musical progression is cautious at best, the band is still miles ahead of its peers.

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Killswitch Engage: As Daylight Dies

'The rise and fall of all we are stands here before us.'

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Various Artists: The In-Kraut Vol. 2

Marina Records goes back to the vaults to dig up another 20 rare and unreleased pop, funk, and acid-curious marching band music.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell is either an annoying mockingbird or an amazing chameleon, depending upon how you happen to feel about his music.

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Mobb Deep: Life of the Infamous [DVD]

They got you stuck off the realness. And then what?

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

World is So Beautiful

The ordinary is transformed for the average art seeker.

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Cute Is What We Aim For: The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch

This group has much to say, but lacks the right words to say it all.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Paul Brill: Harpooner

NYC songwriter leaves the guitar in its case in his fourth full-length, encasing sensitive lyrics in shimmering electro atmospheres.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Stanton Moore: III

Some albums simply cannot be separated from the context of their creation, as Stanton Moore’s moving and ultimately triumphant tribute to his hometown of New Orleans makes clear.

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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 // 3:02 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 // 1:00 AM

FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

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

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