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Various Artists: Voyces United For UNHCR

Benefit album to aid the UN Refugee Agency goes slightly awry...

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30 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Outkast: Idlewild

It would appear as if the Dynamic Duo have bitten off more than they can chew, because the results are, while brilliant in places, overall astonishingly mediocre.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Reinas (Queens) (2005)

Manuel Gómez Pereira's Reinas (Queens) makes the current U.S. wrangling over same sex marriage look awfully provincial.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trace Adkins: Dangerous Man

A big man with a big hat, a likeably warm baritone, and a fine ear for a crowd-pleasing song, Trace Adkins is one of those country types you could end up enjoying despite yourself.

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The Pearls & The Velours: The Pearls vs. The Velours

Back in the day, doo-wop was all the rage. Meet two of the groups that kept the airwaves hoppin'. You might even blast them in your stereo.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Battle Royale—Volume #1-15

The slide from titillating to ridiculous happens very quickly.

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Nina Gordon: Bleeding Heart Graffiti

Has it really been six years?

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Soundless (2004)

Despite a few flaws, this stylish German film delivers thrills, spills, and a heavy dose of fun.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

The notion of objective "history" as we understand it today was still another thousand years in the offing, so our understanding will forever be obscured by propaganda, myth, and obfuscation.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lambchop: Damaged

Lambchop have long been one of America's greatest bands, and Damaged is their greatest achievement.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Umbrellas: Illuminaire

Perfect for rainy, Sunday late afternoon solitary walks.

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The Ed Palermo Big Band: Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

If Count Basie had been a Zappa fan, he might have made this album. He wasn't, so Ed Palermo's done it instead.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stylemasters

Casual viewers may get that "sand kicked in the face" feeling from these too-cool-for-you surfers.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Steve Lawler: Viva

If you didn't like prog house back in 2002, you probably won't like it any better in 2006.

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The Slow Signal Fade: Steady

The Slow Signal Fade taps Steve Albini for an all-or-nothing stab at the coveted next level.

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29 Aug 2006 // 4:00 PM

In his US singing debut, The Sopranos' Christopher Moltisanti (aka Michael Imperioli) pays homage to Patti Smith and the Pixies. Seriously!

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Dubblestandart: Are You Experienced

Two CDs, loads of guests, cool remixes, enhanced video content, and plenty of dub. What could be better?

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29 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Lovejoy: England Made Me EP

A faded fin de siècle sunniness sustained by a wall of spangled keyboard hum and series of ascending chords and notes that wash over you in waves.

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29 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

The Vasco Era: Miles EP

Australian blues-rock band treads worn ground, showing some promise but never really delivering anything of lasting interest.

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29 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Sneaky Thieves: Accident(s)

Consisting of two sets of brothers from Seattle, Sneaky Thieves commence this album with a quasi-hymnal instrumental aptly titled “Elegy”. At times eerie, the group

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