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	Viva Voce: The Heat Can Melt Your Brain

There was a time, oh young ones, when self-produced indie rock was supposed to be lo-fi. These were the years before CD-Rs and Pro Tools

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31 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Owen: I Do Perceive

Scarred mope pop from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Mike Kinsella wages a delicate war of self-attrition.

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	Outrageous Cherry: Why Don’t We Talk About Something Else EP

Whether or not the ebb and tide of pop trends happen to carry Outrageous Cherry to the shores of the masses, they'll probably keep on trucking, even if their chosen means of expression is 40 years old.

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31 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jason Moran: Same Mother

On his sixth album, Jason Moran continues to explore the roots and influences of the jazz idiom, while simultaneously demonstrating how its innovations can be applied to any number of mediums.

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31 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Low: The Great Destroyer

The Duluth trio have confounded us again, which is a good thing of course. Virtually absent on The Great Destroyer are the spare, minimalist daubs of intimate beauty with which they're so closely associated, and yet, nonetheless, it wades through a kind of dark, tumultuous resplendence all its own.

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31 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Juvenile: The Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits exemplifies the narrow spectrum of contemporary hip-hop, which is to say it is heart-pumping dance music and nothing more.

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31 Jan 2005 // 3:00 PM

	Bill Connors: Return

A versatile guitarist settling for plain mainstream jazz with what's currently a contemporary accent; a characterful pianist, and bass and drums to match: not at all bad.

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31 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant aims to talk about Big Things, to do it seriously, and, most importantly, to allow young characters to do it as much as, if not more than, older ones.

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31 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Numb3rs

Though we see Charlie scribbling furiously on his chalkboard and mathematical equations float across the screen periodically, no one explains what all those numbers and letters and formulas mean.

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	Various Artists: Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1

An all-star musical broadside against war and injustice, brought to you by some guy from System of a Down.

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	Cass McCombs: PREfection

You might have trouble getting a handle on Cass McCombs. He’s intentionally oblique, in real life as in his lyrics, even saying, “I don’

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	My Morning Jacket: Early Recordings, Chapter 2: Learning

It’s not surprising that the sublime “Mahgeeta”, from My Morning Jacket’s 2003 album It Still Moves, was put to use in a recent beer

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	Mystikal: Greatest Hits - Screwed & Chopped

Mystikal is in jail, and he's going to be in jail for a long time after doing a few things he wasn't supposed to be doing. He's got a long sentence and in the meantime his record label's got a lot of work to do if they're going to milk each and every cent they can out of him in absentia.

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Marianne Faithfull: Before the Poison

Marianne Faithfull, in collaboration with kindred spirits PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, has created a bleak masterpiece on par with Johnny Cash's final albums.

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	The Bamboo Kids: self-titled

Stripped down, abrasive out-in-the-alley music…The Bamboo Kids pay homage to their punk forefathers with their sneering self titled debut.

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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Jessica is alone, contemplative, and distressed.

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28 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hide and Seek (2005)

Dakota Fanning seems alternately to be channeling Beetlejuice-era Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams.

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	Martha Wainwright: Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole [EP]

Following her brother Rufus's arrival as a major pop talent, Martha Wainwright looks to make a similar dent with her raw brand of anti-folk.

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27 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

The Slackers: International War Criminal EP

The best band to emerge from the late '90s ska boom opts for a more straightforward sound on its latest album, and goes after W on an ensuing EP. Neither finds the group at the top of its game.

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	John Wesley Harding: It Happened One Night & It Never Happened at All

An intimate evening is captured perfectly on It Happened One Night, while the companion disc It Never Happened at All lets loose more layered studio versions of much of the same material. The result is one warmly recorded and wonderfully reminiscent travel back in time, and one mistake that perhaps never should have happened at all.

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