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	Taj Mahal: Sugar Mama Blues

Taj Mahal is certainly one of the enduring figures in 20th century American blues. That status comes in large part from his ability to balance

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25 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Fiery Furnaces: EP

Forget what you know, and crank this sucker up like it's June already. The Friedbergers have returned (although maybe they never left).

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	Elevator Division: Years

Midwestern rockers try to leave their hometown scene behind, opting for a different sound than their aesthetic influences.

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25 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Whole by John Reed

The author should be commended for having the bravery to take celebrity worship to its logical end -- the celebrity actually becomes a goddess, and actually is worshipped.

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25 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Great Movies II by Roger Ebert

The real problem is Ebert's capacity, like Oprah Winfrey through her book club, to name what's valuable by sheer force of personality and mass media exposure.

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For Those About to Rock: A Road Map to Being in a Band by Dave Bidini

What's truly refreshing about this attempt at juvenile rock memoir, rock history and all-around 'how to make it' guide,' is that Bidini doesn't talk down to his young audience.

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	Sleepykid: Monday Morning Smile

Sleepykid's debut references and articulates the best elements of indie rock's last decade. This could be the beginning of something brilliant.

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	Street Dogs: Back to the World

Well-meaning Boston punks try to knock some sense into the world's thick head -- and succeed!"

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24 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Quasar Wut-Wut: Taro Sound

Eclectic rock from the windy city that melds the best from punk, country and pop to form an engaging rock album is both catchy and puzzling.

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	Motion Trio: Pictures From the Street

Accordions are the new guitars. It's true and you know it... and these three amazing accordion players from Poland prove it.

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24 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Day Traders: self-titled

If you liked the Dent (and I did), you'll love the Day Traders. Two-thirds of that hard-working Fairfield, Connecticut ensemble has re-formed under a fresh moniker, presenting 11 new songs that extends their signature intelligent soft pop/rock sounds into a new realm of mature confidence with the help of producer/singer/songwriter wunderkind Saul Zonana.

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24 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Amethystium: Evermind

Evermind is Eden without the allure of the poison apple, and really, how interesting is that?.

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24 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Aqueduct: I Sold Gold

With its smart (self-conscious but not clever) lyrics, catchy music, and quality production, Aqueduct's I Sold Gold has all the makings of a hit indie record.

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	Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook

A remarkable opening, a falling off in the middle, and something of a picking up later: even the great Kellaway couldn't support a programme at this never quite up-tempo.

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24 Jan 2005 // 2:00 PM

	Downtown: self-titled

If excitement and intrigue are what you're looking for, then Downtown is the last place you want to be.

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24 Jan 2005 // 2:00 PM

	The Cribs: self-titled

A trio of young Brits think they're the Strokes and have an apropos band name. Neither of these facts make their debut any less forgettable.

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Tony Joe White: The Heroines

Tony Joe White’s music is generally described as swamp rock, and it is true that he was one of the first performers to have a hit record with that sound.

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23 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Rokia Traore: Bowmboi

The third recording by sweet-voiced Malian singer Rokia Traore is pure seduction.

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	Nightwish: Once / Over the Hills and Far Away

 NIGHTWISH Over the Hills and Far Away(Century Media)Rating: 6US release date: 30 November 2004UK release date: Available as import by Adrien Begrand nightwish-once

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	Wynton Marsalis: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

For purely circumstantial reasons, I’ve missed seeing Ken Burns’ Jazz in its entirety. What I’ve seen suggested a preoccupation with public history at

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