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Steve Goodman: Live at the Earl of Old Town

Every song offers a reason to smile and sing along. He makes you want to brag to your friends about what a good deal you got, flirt boldly with a pretty person, and generally just goof around happily -- not an easy thing for a musician to do.

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6 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Susanne Abbuehl: Compass

Compass is pretty, but it is also largely unsatisfying, with Abbuehl's vocals lying buried (inexplicably) in the very spare mix.

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Delroy Wilson: The Best of… Original Eighteen Deluxe Edition

Original Twelve, the classic rocksteady-era compilation from Clement Dodd's golden boy, remastered and reissued with six bonus tracks. You do the math.

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DJ Khaled: Listennn… the Album

Heavyweight Miami DJ gets his hometown the attention it deserves.

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John Pizzarelli: Dear Mr. Sinatra

John Pizzarelli is the sneak attack version of the Young Fogey Movement in jazz singing.

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6 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

Junior Boys

'How come Canadians are so much cooler than us?'

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Open Door: So Close to Beautiful

The house that Open Door builds if filled with different textures bleeding into one domicile.

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6 Sep 2006 // 5:00 AM

Peter Wright: Red Lion

With limited appeal, this drone journey requires a certain frame of mind to truly enjoy.

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Flourescent Grey: Lying on the floor mingling with god in a Tijuana motel room next door to a veteri

Fluorescent Grey challenges the distinction between sound and music, crafting found sounds into textures that may or may not be songs, but are consistently interesting.

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6 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Dust Poets: Lovesick Town

Canadian indie folk-pop band returns with a set of weird, sentimental tales that hit just so.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The MTV Video Music Awards 2006

To think: the most water-cooler-worthy moment of VMA 2006 was done by some guy pulling a prank. Maybe there is hope for next year's show, after all.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Justice

'Justice', as defined by the series, is directly proportional to spin, and spin costs money.

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Iron Maiden: A Matter of Life and Death

The British metal legends defy the odds yet again on their strongest album in 18 years.

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5 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Danity Kane: Danity Kane

Unsurprisingly, the debut from graduates of Sean 'Diddy' Combs's Making the Band reality show matches spotless production with over-processed, faceless singing. This would make the ideal soundtrack for artificial insemination.

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5 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tuvalu by Andrew OConnor

Instead of seeking to make his own environment more humane and liveable, Tuttle seems to imagine that what he needs is more isolation, rather than less. Impotence wins again.

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5 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prison Break - Season One

Fox's preposterous prison serial cranks the lunacy and thrills up to 11 in its oversized and rollicking inaugural season.

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Headlights: Kill Them With Kindness

The full-length by this Midwest trio comes on the heels of their phenomenal debut EP. Will lightning strike twice?

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Psalm One: The Death of Frequent Flyer

Psalm One has the fire, the flow, and the charisma to succeed -- once she finds the production, she'll fly.

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5 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

2UP: Teenage Mondo Crash

2UP makes the most out of tiny timeframes and maximum chaos.

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5 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

JPP: Artology

Artology is not radically different from JPP's earlier releases, but the group is, as always, reliably excellent.

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