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Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways

Cash walks into the sunset with a surprisingly gentle meditation on mortality.

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Baby Dayliner: Critics Pass Away

The sophomore album from Baby Dayliner is another mix of a crooner's voice complemented by some fine electro-synth pop a la Depeche Mode or New Order.

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Ashley Parker Angel: Soundtrack to Your Life

Angel's debut is fairly generic and unimpressive once you take a solid listen, which means that he hasn't learned much of a lesson since his O-Town days.

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Banco de Gaia: Farewell Ferengistan

Most bands don't become horrible overnight, just uninteresting over time, fading until you realize that you've missed a whole album and that you don't even really care.

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30 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

7L & Esoteric: A New Dope

Guess what? You can get dumb and still be dope. Wanna learn? There's a DJ and a rapper waiting to demonstrate.

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29 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Quintus

No longer a New York newbie, PopMatters' Darren Ratner re-enters the core of the college crowd.

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29 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Futureheads

PopMatters' Elizabeth Black faces her fears of Sudden Venue Implosion (SVI) in a search for that ever-elusive beast known as, The Rock.

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29 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

	Snow Patrol: Songs for Polarbears

Remember 1994? That was when alternative rock RULED the charts and the cash registers, man! Buzz Clips and Sub Pop bands on MTV, Blur and Oasis

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29 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

It was then that it occurred to me that comics, more so then any other medium, form a community.

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29 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Husband by Dean Koontz

After you demand that evil be given an uppercase E, what do you do next, agitate for a more Gothic font?"

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John Lee Hooker, Jr.: Cold As Ice

Hooker, Jr. has the voice and personality to take him places, but he doesn't seem to be interest in traveling.

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Various Artists: Harlan County USA: Songs of the Coal Miner’s Struggle

They have the plan, but we have the power.

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29 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Roger Sanchez: Come with Me

Sanchez returns with Come With Me -- but the car commercial soundtrack music, though more Latin-influenced this time, hasn't improved in quality.

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Scientific Lifestyle: Modern Sounds for the New Era

ScientificLifestyle may call it "rocktronica", but Modern Sounds for the New Era is unabashedly pop.

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29 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wiggle: Fabric28

There's very little pretense on display here, not a lot of flashy segues or signature tracks, just a fine dance mix that satisfies on many levels.

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The Wood Brothers: Ways Not To Lose

The Wood Brothers have just a guitar, upright bass and a few other instruments to their name. But don't tell them they can't sound like Muddy Waters and Hank Williams on the same album.

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Dr. Octagon: The Return of Dr. Octagon

While The Return of Dr. Octagon is better than anything Kool Keith's done in a while, it's still not close to the level of the classic Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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28 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Caché (Hidden) (2005)

Michael Haneke's movies are never easy. Instead, they set out complex, multi-layered problems, encountered by ordinary-seeming characters, sometimes worked out but more usually left unresolved.

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28 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Fell is defiantly avoiding falling into a formula, refusing to squeeze variations on the same story into every issue.

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28 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont

In The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, Paul Malmont turns the era's best known pulp writers, Walter Gibson and Lester Dent, into the stuff of their books -- crime-fighting, risk-taking heroes who must work together to save New York's Chinatown from certain destruction.

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