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Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich

Within the innocent naivety and blustery melodrama is a romantic appreciation for justice, freedom, and heroism.

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5 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

Nostalgia 77: The Garden

A solid elaboration on 2004's Songs for My Funeral, this album has the classic sound of The Horace Silver Quintet -- with some The White Stripes and Mantronix thrown in for good measure.

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5 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Morrissey: Live at Earls Court

Despite a few wrinkles and patches of gray, the now middle-aged Morrissey appears as striking as ever.

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	Milton Mapes: The Blacklight Trap

Latest album from Austin roots rockers ditches the shimmering sonics of its predecessor for a darker, moodier sound.

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5 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Le Concorde: Universe and Villa

Stephen Becker writes perfect chamber-pop songs. Maybe a little too perfect.

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	Dave Douglas: Mountain Passages

Uncompromising trumpeter Dave Douglas emerges from the major-label jungle into cool mountain air. The result is unforgettable, unique jazz with a gentle, world-music sheen.

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	Dropkick Murphys: Singles Collection Volume 2: 1998:2004 (B-Sides, Covers, Comps & Other Crap)

These Boston Celtics wear the green proud, even when AC/DC, Nipple Erectors, and John Fogerty are some of the choice covers presented. A wild and haphazard collection of a half-dozen beers, er, years!"

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5 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Solomon Burke: Make Do With What You Got

It's hard to believe that a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee could have a sophomore slump at the age of 69.

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5 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Biirdie: Morning Kills the Dark

Though it stumbles a bit early on, Biirdie's Morning Kills the Dark settles down and turns into a fine debut album from a band who clearly have a penchant for delivering intelligent, emotionally satisfying pop.

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

How soft is too soft? After the Hustle comes a 'pretty' revolution.

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Kansas, Asia, Poco. In this club, listening to this band, it all makes total sense.

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

M.I.A. was very nearly that: missing in action from her first real US gig supporting the much-anticipated Arular.

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Drawing from the heritage of the Pogues, these boys up the tempo while maintaining roughly the same alcoholic bleakness.

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Like watching two bands on stage at once -- you want them to either cohere or duke it out till someone's senseless.

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

show would be atop a New York City apartment building, under glowing wires and a canopy of stars...

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Travel in the Mouth of the Wolf by Paul Fattaruso

Fattaruso avoids letting the tale drown in its own inventiveness, instead impelling the undersized novel's surrealist vibe with the romantic heart of a poet, a Fellini film scripted by Neruda.

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Safety of War by Rob Benvie

Man, I cannot begin to bitch enough about impenetrable prose of the sort you'd normally find on the lyric sheet to 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'.

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Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson by Herb Boyd with Ray Robinson II

When Boyd does make attempts at description, he produces painful prose. The boxing metaphors just keep coming.

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More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement by Ramez Naam

For readers who see specters of the Tyrel Corporation in headlines every day, Naam's relentlessly optimistic take on the future of biotechnology is a tough pill to swallow.

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5 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman

The commercial success of The Da Vinci Code isn't just a lesson in shrewd marketing, either. There's something else going on: a thirst for something deeper and richer.

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