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14 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	2pac: Loyal to the Game

Unlike Biggie, 2Pac refuses to stay dead. With every posthumous release, overzealous producers try and capitalize on his cult-like status, succeeding only in besmirching the discography of a great ghetto warrior.

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14 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Destroyer: Notorious Lightning & Other Works EP

Dan Bejar teams with Frog Eyes to bring some rock to the synth-based songs from last year's Your Blues.

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	Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: B-Sides and Rarities

On the heels of the album of their career, Cave and the Bad Seeds look back on their 20 years together with a three-disc collection of odds 'n' sods.

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14 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Precious Bryant: The Truth

If Fat Possum Records had a female star, akin to Robert Belfour or an acoustic R.L. Burnside, it would be Precious Bryant. And at 63, she's just getting started -- and getting better.

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	Bowling For Soup: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve

It would be easy to hold Bowling For Soup responsible for perceived shortcomings, but the band won their success the old-fashioned way: they earned it.

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	Various Artists: Give ‘Em the Boot IV

Hit-and-miss punk compilation often chooses empty aggression over the grace and commitment of the genre's hallmarks.

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13 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pitty Sing: Pitty Sing

Molly Ringwald and John Hughes: are you listening? Pitty Sing's debut LP harks back to the classic sound of the '80s new wave and post-punk without sounding too much like a clichéd tribute band performing dated material.

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13 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nedelle: From the Lion’s Mouth

Nedelle returns with a new solo effort that is much more personal and minimalist, which borders on charming and annoying.

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13 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Flesh: The Flesh

These party-weary New Yorkers reluctantly get dolled-up for the dance floor.

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13 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kathleen Edwards: Back to Me

Kathleen Edwards picks up right where she left off, offering up an album that sometimes drags, but redeems itself with smart lyrics and a winning formula with a track record.

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	Better Than Ezra: Live at the House of Blues - New Orleans

They started touring back in 1988, and, aside from entering the studio to record once in awhile, they've hardly stopped. That's why it's so surprising that it's taken 15-plus years for them to release this, their first-ever live album.

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	Beans: Shock City Maverick

Beans' second solo effort is an improvement on his debut, but still patchy. You also get the feeling that the main reason he's in a field by himself is that no other MC wants to share it with him.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Robots (2005)

Valiant and righteous, the old-fashioned robots fight back against the slick, wealthy, huge machine.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Millions (2004)

Millions manages a sophisticated breakdown of global economies and national identity, filtered through a child's brilliantly naïve perspective.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

In My Country (2005)

In the midst of this outrage, the film negotiates the intricacies of ubuntu by offering instances where a desire for revenge seems impossible to resist.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hostage (2005)

The crisis begins with a clash between rich people and a trio of conventionally coded 'delinquents'.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Samples: Very Best of the Samples 1989-1994

Never heard the Samples? Start here. Love the Samples? This definitive compendium includes a DVD of rare goodies. Hate the Samples? Better sit this one out.

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	Nagisa Ni Te: Dream Sounds

Prince once sang of hearing songs in his dreams, so does that mean Shinji Shibayama is like the unpronounceable one? Nagisa ni te, his collaboration with Masako Takeda, has enjoyed a number of comparisons, some more likely than others to be be invoked while listening to the duo's latest, Dream Sounds. Dig a little deeper, and you'll find a tender beauty that is neither Belle nor Sebastian, Neil nor Young, here nor there.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mogwai: Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003

The band named after the cuddliest of characters from a Spielberg film unleashes a helping of BBC sessions. The late John Peel does the honors.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kasabian: Kasabian

Twenty-years of dance-inflected British rock, surveyed through the eyes and ears of, erm, 'Kasabian'.

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