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African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track

To walk the path from the Upsetta to Electronica, you must get Off The Beaten Track.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Giuseppe Andrews: Giants

Like listening to the soundtrack to a primal scream session, or cracking open a crazy man's cranium and sneaking a peak inside, this twisted troubadour crafts one of the most satisfying -- and ominous -- soundscapes in recent memory.

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Skip Heller: Mean Things Happening in This Land

Organ, guitar, and drums has been a standard hack format, so perhaps it's another quirk of Heller's to use it for something quirkily interesting.

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10 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest

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Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant

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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Copying Beethoven (2006)

Ed Harris is inspired, inventive and nuanced. At times he appears to be performing in another movie, the better one that might have been.

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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Harsh Times (2006)

Harsh Times is something of a blunt instrument.

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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Good Year (2006)

As lovely as she may be, Fanny has her work cut out for her in A Good Year.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Maybe Professor Hilbert knows exactly how right he is, given the film's relentless archness: it knows that you know that it knows it's meta.

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9 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.

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Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?

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The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America

From bar band to arena-ready rockers, the Hold Steady reach near-Springsteenian heights on their third album.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Losers: Endgame

In the end, the remaining Losers give a big "Screw You!" to the United States Government.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman

The laughs come from Blachman's Seinfeld-like eye for detail and [Woody] Allen-like fondness for the absurd.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Jenifer

This flaccid fright flick is all foreplay and no macabre money shot.

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Bryan Estepa: All The Bells And Whistles

Aussie artist Bryan Estepa sounds like he's grown up on a healthy dose of The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Tartit: Abacabok

Comparisons between Tartit and the better-known Tinariwen seem inevitable, but, really, there's no reason why one should be confused with the other, or why you shouldn't like both in different ways.

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The Shimmers: The Way You Shine

Marah side project makes a star out of singer Eden Daniels, as she takes the reins of a genre-hopping, live-off-the-floor kind of album.

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Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. [Deluxe Edition]

The 20th anniversary reissue of Yoakam's major-label debut includes both his 1981 demos and a live show from the Roxy in L.A.

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Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies

Apart from a few gems, the indie Bunny is less compelling than the network sellout Bunny.

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