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	Shout Out Louds: Howl Howl Gaff Gaff

The Shout Out Louds will break your heart and put it back together again with a potent mix of garage, pop, and wide-eyed wonder.

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	The Stanley Brothers: Earliest Recordings:  The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s (1947-1952)

Get out your notebooks. The Stanley Brothers have an important lesson to teach you. Don't forget to bring your humanity.

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16 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Shurman: Jubilee

'Los Angeles Americana' is a phrase that seems to perfectly explain this band's polished yet rugged approach to roots rock.

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	Wayne Shorter: Beyond the Sound Barrier

The third release from Shorter's acoustic quartet catches the band at its live best. In three new originals and a diverse selection of classical, film, and older music, the group plays with almost unparalleled democracy and drive. Wayne is back. Boy is he.

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	The Orange Peels: Circling the Sun

This is a band that sounds legitimately happy -- an increasingly rare feat in the modern, alternative-rock world of lost religion, dirty ground, and digital ash.

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16 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jackdaw4: Gramophone Logic

Delivering highly stylized power pop/rock with lush harmonies a la Jellyfish, White Album-era Beatles, and the Beach Boys, Jackdaw4 impresses with its debut album.

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16 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bebel Gilberto: Remixed

With 13 tracks by 13 different artists, the quality varies. The most important factor is how well the beats meld with the original material.

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16 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Cardinal: Cardinal

Cardinals aren't so rare. So why's this bird's song so top shelf?"

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16 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

'Turn around so I can see your backsides' and other ways of identifying an adoring audience.

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16 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Misfortune by Wesley Stace

Misfortune is a musically rousing treat, hitting Dickensonian notes with Stace's wistful prose.

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The Olive Thomas Collection (2005 - PopMatters Film Review
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Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.

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16 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Batman Begins (2005)

Christian Bale brings a menace to Batman, making him radically distinct from alter ego Bruce Wayne.

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	Various Artists: Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread

An extremely strong collection by a diverse group of artists who have come out of the closet to admit that, yes, they loved Bread.

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	Lizz Wright: Dreaming Wide Awake

This is an entry in the Next Norah Sweepstakes, with the Jesse Harris songs and the mid-tempo folkiness in strong supply. But it sounds great, with unaffected singing and a 'new standards' repertoire that quietly jolts.

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	Viva Voce: Lovers Lead the Way! [reissue]

After the revelation of The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, Minty Fresh has reissued Viva Voce's ramshackle full-length debut, for good or for ill.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Turner: Rise

You know how in the National Football League, some guys are better suited to being assistant coaches after bombing as head coaches? That's Eddie Turner in music parlance: great guitarist in a band setting, but he doesn't have leadership material.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lou Reed: Spanish Fly: Live in Spain [DVD]

While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.

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	Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You

Fourth studio album from Massachusetts indie pop band is marked by stylistic allusions to early '80s Manchester (England, not New Hampshire).

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	Anders Parker: The Wounded Astronaut [EP]

Six songs that didn't quite make the cut on Tell It to the Dust because they were too loud. And this from the guy behind Varnaline?"

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jandek: Glasgow Sunday

Though Jandek has come closer to conventional music than anyone would have thought possible a decade ago, he remains a traveler on his own unfathomable road.

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Fave Five: Alpine

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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