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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Wire

This is the consequence of America's broken systems: a young boy staring into the darkness, wondering what else his future might bring.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Smut (2006)

It's not clear in the end if Marty finds himself in Anytown, USA. Nor is much else very clear, either.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien

As a grown-up Lizzie must learn, one's childhood can never be abandoned, one's home and family never truly rejected.

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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Gold

You can count the number of songwriters who have matched Robinson's achievements on the fingers of one stump.

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Bound Stems: Appreciation Night

Take Pavement's arch sloppiness and cross it with post-rock's abstraction, apply for a library card and toss in a couple of Prozac et voila: the Bound Stems.

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Stereolab: Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

Stereolab's discography is a maze, and this is meant as a guidebook. But it's missing a few pages, at least.

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Our Brother the Native: Tooth and Claw

Teenagers get artsy, and with it, pretentious and boring.

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Amen Andrews: Amen Andrews Vs. Spac Hand Luke

Luke Vibert dons the camouflage for his latest project: a visceral, sometimes compelling Scarface done electronica style.

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Jim Lauderdale: Country Super Hits Volume One

If one heard this album on a crowded dance floor or a noisy barroom where the words were indistinct, one would be mightily impressed with Lauderdale’s overall grace and style.

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Mia Doi Todd: La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita

Underappreciated Los Angeles singer-songwriter experiments with remixing, to, well, mixed results.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jonny Lang: Turn Around

Who knew that his music would get better with time, or that he'd prove himself not only as a talented guitarist, but as a solid songwriter and vocalist?

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Artimus Pyledriver: Artimus Pyledriver

An album like this should leave us happier than a hog knee-deep in slop, but instead, we realize we're surrounded by nothing but, well ... slop.

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19 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Finches: Six Songs EP

Simple but assured, this EP sets the stage for a promising career from the Finches.

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19 Sep 2006 // 9:00 PM

Radio Birdman makes welcome return -- and reminds us why rock 'n' roll has survived for half a century -- on Zeno Beach.

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The Meeting Places: Numbered Days

It sounds like a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Byrds.

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Innerstance.Beatbox: Tekniques EP

On this teaser EP, Innerstance.Beatbox provides an eclectic array of beats to give a complex taste of what he has to offer.

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19 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Kad: Société

You can thake the French ex-pat out of his home, but you can't take the home out of his music.

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19 Sep 2006 // 1:47 AM

Smith

Faces are hard to read in Smith. Sometimes, this inscrutability is obvious, even exaggerated.

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19 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Pants Yell!: Recent Drama

Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.

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The Thames Shakespeare Collection: MacBeth/King Lear/Romeo & Juliet/Twelfth Night (1976)

For those who never tire of the great playwright, there can never be enough attempts to interpret Shakespeare: every new endeavor is simply another gem in the Bard's jewel-laden crown. The Thames collection is such a gem.

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