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	Lowcloudcover: I Took a Second Too Long EP

Arty Southern Californians wake up with the house on fire, delivering an intense, doomy and promising EP. And one killer bassline.

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	Fred Hersch / Kurt Elling / Kate McGarry: Leaves of Grass

On the eve of his 50th birthday Fred Hersch doesn't so much celebrate Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass -- or Whitman or even himself -- as indulge feelings alien to performing the text.

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	Al Green: Everything’s OK

While the world is fortunate for having a delightful new Al Green album, and we're all glad his life is in order, Everything's OK lacks the conflicted passion that was the hallmark of his greatest music.

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29 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Brendan Benson: The Alternative to Love

With music that's deceptively simple and lyrics often prone to over-rhyming, Benson still manages to deliver another melodic winner.

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29 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Audible: Sky Signal

Mike Kennedy's songs take indie-rock to the next level on Audible's full-length debut. The former drummer for matt pond PA steps out of the shadows and quietly makes a classic album.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

It's hard to believe a night this cool began with two hyperactive dimwits jumping around in Day-Glo wigs.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Ahoy! When ne plus ultra swings on deck, musical mutiny can't be far behind. ARRR!!!

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

What do you do when two of the four bands don't show? Get drunk and enjoy what's left.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

John Coltrane was a large man who cast a long shadow - over jazz, over American culture, and over his son.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

If only I had a hip older sister whose tastes had trickled down. Then again, better late than never.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Singer or savvy satirist? For camp to work, you've got to relish the trashiness of the material and Bernhard is a master of this dialogue.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance by Matthew Kneale

The Winter family's disastrous experience is a microcosm of the relationship between the world's haves and have-nots.

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This book had the makings of a great literary-mystery hybrid of the sort not seen since, perhaps, Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye.

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The Muse and the Mechanism by Josh Davis

Charlie Fell is a slightly jaded yet optimistic reincarnation of Stephen Dedalus. And, like Dedalus, he wonders endlessly, trying to find meaning to his life.

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The Music Internet Untangled: Using Online Services to Expand Your Musical Horizons by Andy Breeding

No longer do you have to hang out at the local record store to hear new music, nor do you have to pour over countless magazines and spend lots of money on bands you've never heard before.

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29 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Accidental Hunter: A D Hunter Mystery by Nelson George

In the world of social critic Nelson George, even the villain reads Toni Morrison on the way to kidnap the world's reigning pop princess.

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28 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Matthew Shaw: Ghosts in the Concrete

Shaw's music blips and tweaks with the unseen impulses and urgency that fuels our days and nights in the city.

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28 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Shesus: Ruined It for You

Whoooo weee! Jeee-zusss! Shesus returns with both the crunch and the crunk on Ruined It for You. Don't let the title fool ya: it's more get down than down on itself.

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	Mono: Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined

Grandiose and ambitious, Mono incorporates a variety of aural brushstrokes to create an imperfect, albeit enjoyable, experience.

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	hEADaCHE: Fully Automated: The hEADaCHE re:mixes

Hopefully this release snags hEADaCHE some increased visibility -- he could use some better source material.

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