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Eri Yamamoto: Cobalt Blue

Clearly a very talented pianist, but with a tendency to get into what's not in the current sense a groove. Samey.

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25 Aug 2006 // 3:00 PM

Journey

Don't Stop Believin'; don't... stop... believin'.

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25 Aug 2006 // 3:00 PM

Def Leppard

On wearing trousers that are tight enough to tell...

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25 Aug 2006 // 7:00 AM

Raydar Ellis: Late Pass

What would you do if your label gave you a wake up call to deliver your album before you were finished? Raydar Ellis shows you how to deliver the goods.

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Sean Smith, Adam Snider and Matt Baldwin: Berkeley Guitar 2006

The Imaginational Anthem series that started by unearthing folk blues legends now focuses on upcoming West Coast stars in the Takoma finger-picking tradition.

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Hezikiah Jones: Hezekiah Says Youre A-OK

A disturbingly nice record that is just so simple you suspect that there may be more to it than meets the eye.

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25 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Idlewild (2006)

Percy's a mortician, aware of the ways that bodies can be disfigured and rearranged, how life and death are performances for audiences.

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The Eastern Stars: July 5, 1961

The Eastern Stars pick up where people like Beck and Low left off at some point in their careers. Led by Kaia Wong and Rob

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Manu Chao

For a man who has performed in the US only twice in two decades, it's remarkable to see a Brooklyn audience so eager to embrace him.

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24 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Invincible (2006)

The hard-charging practice and game scenes take you onto the field and slam you into large, shoulder-padded men.

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24 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Edmond (2005)

Violence liberates Edmond from society's restraints, focuses him on fulfilling his own desires, makes him appealing to the opposite sex.

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How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

'Puke has a mind of its own.' Issued by a kid named Plug, this assessment more or less summarizes the point of How to Eat Fried Worms.

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24 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

J Dilla: The Shining

The problem is that while the whole of Dilla's first true posthumous release is incredibly solid and expertly crafted, it's for the most part unremarkable.

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Joe Lovano: Streams of Expression

Two suites of complexly orchestrated jazz that update The Birth of the Cool -- and two takes on the whole shebang.

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Kicking and Screaming (2006)

Behind all the banter and postgraduate trauma, Kicking and Screaming is a love story, only it's a fairly sour one that unfolds in reverse.

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The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir by Suzanne Portnoy

Taking it back to the question of whether or not The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is 'true' or not, you kind of hope it isn't, and sadly suspect that it is.

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24 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Total 7

Seeing the label break out from a more rigorously orthodox understanding of techno feels a lot more natural than skeptics might expect.

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24 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Eternal Present (2004)

The Eternal Present forces the viewer to struggle with discontinuity, ambiguity, and outright contradiction in order to highlight the problems of consciousness, memory, and time.

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Roger McGuinn: The Folk Den Project: 1995-2005

Four discs of folk songs recorded by Roger McGuinn. Nothing more need be said.

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Otto von Schirach: Maxipad Detention

Drawing on sounds ranging from animal noises to construction sounds, manic producer Otto von Schirach has created an album that is definitely not for the squeamish.

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