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Chieftains: The Essential Chieftains

When it comes to Irish music, the Chieftains fit the "Essential" in this CD's title.

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11 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sofa Surfers: Sofa Surfers

Sofa Surfers expertly illuminate the dark side of a world with no easy answers -- and they do it with style.

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11 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Muallem: Frankie Splits

If this album gets into the right hands, Muallem could have a bright future as a beatmaker for the indie hip-hop world.

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0The Sound Dimension: Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1

The first collection to feature Studio One's house band will please collectors, but may baffle neophytes.

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Willie Big Eyes Smith: Way Back

He's not Muddy Waters, but a second line performer still performing, and people could be excused for supposing this standard of blues album impossible nowadays. But here 'tis!

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9 Jun 2006 // 2:00 AM

Red Sox vs. Yankees

Red Sox vs. Yankees comes off as little more than an ill-conceived plan to exploit our collective love of a suddenly downtrodden rivalry for monetary gain.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A Prairie Home Companion combines typical Altman strategies, like overlapping dialogue and converging multiple storylines, as well as his fanatical appreciation for the process of creating art.

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With monsters drooling and causing mass hysteria, Wells and Fisher seem to be trying to outdo one another, with the reader reaping all the benefits.

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9 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mogwai

they nearly inflated my intestines.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cars (2006)

Thrilling in its shiny surface detail, the NASCAR scene stretches before you like an anthropomorphized vista: this is the immediate future of animation, and Pixar, recently and loudly sold to Disney, means to own it.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

You might call A Prairie Home Companion an unlikely Lindsay Lohan movie. You could also call it the best work she's done, the best work she's likely to do, or the best chance she's had to do good work.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prototypes: Prototypes

The French electro-dance trio takes on America.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped

A graceful question-mark to round out the Geffen era for Sonic Youth.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ladyhawk: Ladyhawk

The latest in a rash of Neil Young-loving guitar heroes, these Black Mountain-affliated roots rockers spin fuzz-distorted tales of love and disappointment.

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Of Montreal: Deflated Chime, Foals Flower Sibylline Responses

With only two new tracks padded with a couple old favorites, this peculiar tour EP may be best examined as if it were a 7" single.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beans: Only

Like many previous attempts to mine similar territory, this meeting between Beans' avant-garde hip-hop and William Parker and Hamid Drake's avant-garde jazz is not the groundbreaking mash-up that it aspires to be.

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TV-Resistori: Serkut Rakastaa Paremmin

In its smart lumpiness, it has the same appeal as those ugly-adorable vinyl monster toys made for adult collectors.

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Billy Mackenzie: Transmission Impossible

Posthumous vault raiding has resulted in a gloomy but worthwhile collection from former Associates front man.

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Enablers: Output Negative Space

A muscular, adventurous rock record that grits its teeth, sticks a finger in your face and dares you to notice that the vocalist isn't singing.

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Christian Scott: Rewind That

Thinking about playing the trumpet? You might want to listen to Christian Scott first to be sure there's still room in the world of jazz for anyone else.

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