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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Urban Latino

A good mixture of anger, pop, and energy, with one surprise.

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	Mint Condition: Live from the 9:30 Club [DVD]

On DVD, Soul band Mint Condition escapes chains of radio hits and jams like a damn band can.

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10 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sigur Ros + Amina

Always the asshole, never the acolyte...

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Pansy Division: The Essential Pansy Division

Pansy Division were the first openly homosexual rock band I can remember, since Tom Robinson first told the world he was glad to be gay.

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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Devics: Push the Heart

With four albums already behind them, Sara Lov and Dustin O'Halloran use Push The Heart to gather themselves together and plan for the future.

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Band deflates rock mythology even as it reaffirms rock’s transcendent power in reissued classics.

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Various Artists: Om Lounge, Volume 10

Downtempo house doesn't necessarily have to be the new 'easy listening', but you sense Om's conscious struggle against a slowly sinking ship on the tenth volume of this series.

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Simon Joyner: Beautiful Losers

Stunning collection of scattered tracks by one of America's finest and most overlooked lo-fi troubadours.

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Various Artists: Check the Water

With this comprehensive, impressive 10-year retrospective, London's Leaf label proves that organic, acoustics-driven arrangements are not a new direction for IDM.

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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Charlemagne: Detour Allure

Sadly missing on most best of 2005 lists it may not be cutting edge but it is so well done that it deserves some recognition as indie pop done right.

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Various Artists: Studio One Women

Soul Jazz tweaks its extensive foray through Jamaica by presenting the ladies of Studio One as artists in their own right.

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Sam Bardfeld: Periodic Trespasses [The Saul Cycle]

Alt-Jazz violinist weighs in with a daring, fun session of melodic quirk.

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	Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me [DVD]

Belonging to the ragged Texas country tradition with his roots in something deeper and timeless, Townes Van Zandt's poetic narratives and haunting melodies came from the dusty side of the road, from the motels and trailer parks rather than glossy Nashville studios.

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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic Part 2 [CD + DVD]

A literal makeover, Everything Ecstatic Part 2 offers a visual counterpart to Four Tet's latest album.

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9 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Libertine (2004)

John Wilmot, the Second Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp), is always the smartest guy in the room.

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)

Already a local legend, Farmer John's legacy seems assured.

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Duck Season (Temporada de Patos) (2004)

The kids are not infused with precocious cynicism or degeneracy. They are optimistic, as befits their age.

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9 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

It's bad to be stranded in the desert. Especially when you're surrounded by flesh-eating human mutants.

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9 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Unit

It's a show about the Army's clandestine counter-terrorist unit, called The Unit and created by David Mamet. What more do you need to know?

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9 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The French Democracy

The rough edges on Chan's work give it an air of urgency.

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