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The Black Keys: Magic Potion

Big label, big backing, big buzz but basically brilliant, beautiful, beefy bluesy boogie blueprint being brought by the barren brain trust of Auerbach and Carney yet again.

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13 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Tyde: Three’s Co.

For Darren Rademaker, life may be a beach, but it's not always sunny there.

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13 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Amor Fati: Love Fate

“I would have wanted more collaborators,” writes Amaury Perez, “but everyone is busy so DIY.” For an almost one-man outfit (he has help from a

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13 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Xiu Xiu: The Air Force

The Air Force is, without a doubt, Xiu Xiu’s best album and grandest statement.

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Josephine Foster: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

A free folk release that transcends even that label to acheive true freedom.

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13 Sep 2006 // 5:00 AM

Helios: Eingya

Acheiving that fleeting balance between prettiness and interest, Helios delivers a lush instrumental that actually engages the heart.

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13 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Gomma Workshop: Cantina Tapes

Italian Surrealist Cartoon Music for the Soul.

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13 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Good Riddance: My Republic

Punk band hasn't changed much in a decade, for better and worse.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sunday Night Football/Monday Night Football

John Madden is the ultimate broadcaster, in spite of his occasionally nonsensical commentary. He and Al Michaels mesh better than anyone else in the game.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Genius: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Primetime Special

An all too brief look at the smarty-pants of the world.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Chris Marker by Nora M. Alter

With sprawlingly ambitious movies like these to his credit, it's ironic that Marker's best-known film is La Jetee, a 28-minute short composed almost entirely of still photos.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

A.L.I.E.E.E.N.

Taken out of a timeline each tragedy seems epic, because without a wider context they are the entirety of the context.

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The Mars Volta: Amputechture

Go ahead. Give it the patience it deserves.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Broken Saints - The Animated Comic Epic

The fact that Broken Saints has gotten critical acclaim in its DVD release adds an air of mainstream legitimacy to the burgeoning world of Flash animation.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp

Though definitely dated in its approach to the material, and losing a bit of its laughable luster along the way, Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp still stands as a wonderful reminder of the days when being an operative was the height of considered cool.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Two Ton Boa: Parasiticide

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a band with two bass guitars sound less funky.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Fleshies: Scrape the Walls

Fleshies make great music -- until Jello Biafra makes an unwanted appearance.

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David Kimbrough Jr.: Shell-Shocked

At question is whether a musician can extend things in this or that direction, and very possibly the performer of "Shell Shocked" can.

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12 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Freeheat: Back on the Water

Let's be honest. A good portion of this record will tease your endorphin receptors the way all those great Mary Chain songs did.

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Shawn Colvin: These Four Walls

A glut of singer-songwriters are vying for attention in 2006, but it would be a shame to forget an artist whose two-decade career has likely inspired a flock of imitators.

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