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Graham Coxon: Love Travels At Illegal Speeds

His profile may be lower, but these days Coxon is easily matching the best work he did with Blur

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bananarama: Drama

The coolest Bananarama songs were never really deep. The group had an attitude and a look, a cool, sultry sound, and a sense of fun. Bananarama still displays these characteristics to full effect.

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Korpiklaani: Tales Along This Road

Alcohol-fueled polka metal from Finland. What’s there not to love?

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Van Hunt: On the Jungle Floor

Van Hunt is a soul man and a rocker and a pop star and a funkateer and a hip-hop balladeer. Some people don't want him to be such a renaissance man but Van Hunt doesn't want to fit into anyone's cozy little box.

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

About: Bongo

Intricate samples, fractured sentiment, pop melodies and tubas from Jason Forrest's multitalented protégé

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London Elektricity: Power Ballads

London Elektricity, though it cannot always avoid the limitations of the genre, are making hearty drum & bass music with infinitely more soul than Pendulum or Audio Bullys.

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Hillstomp: The Woman That Ended the World

Quirky management of vocals, no bad idea for white bluesmen, accompanied by percussion and really topline guitar combining -- wow! – early John Lee Hooker and Fred McDowell. Interessante? Molto!

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12 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Poseidon (2006)

Why cast Andre Braugher and then not use him?

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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Lacking a plot, Goal! leans heavily on predictable hardships to stretch out the time until Santiago's inevitable success.

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12 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Just My Luck (2006)

Promoted as Lohan's 'transition' piece, as she moves from tweeny larks to so-called adult roles, Just My Luck is neither larkish nor serious, but only graceless.

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12 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Gawker Stalker

When the good and the great feels forced to engage in this sort of guerilla counter-spamming warfare against an irregular army of bloggers, they've already lost.

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In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

Murakami plays with space and culture, shedding light on the lack of personal space by drawing the reader into the claustrophobic world of the story's narrator, Kenji, then mimicking the desire to get away from the pervasive presence of a horrific American sociopath named Frank.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lacuna Coil: Karmacode

Nearly four years after their last album, the Italian band is ready for Stateside stardom.

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Dr. John: Right Place, Right Time:  Live at Tipitinas Mardi Gras 89

It seemed like only yesterday, New Orleans was loaded with music and vitality. Dr. John was a very large piece of the puzzle, and this musical snapshot easily explains why.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clear Static: Clear Static

Although they don't appear to have anything new to say, they say it pretty well.

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The Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea

Bitter Tea is an uncontrolled outpouring of musical concepts in every way, the good ideas right along with the bad -- life.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Filastine: Burn It

Filastine's international approach to protest music makes us want to travel the world, but does it make us want to change it?

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The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers

The Raconteurs are early on to this, which could be one of the emerging trends of 2006: the rebirth of rock in indie music.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moov: The Arrivant Volume 1

They look like concept albums, they smell like concept albums, but in the end, the two volumes of The Arrivant are just another bunch of Tracks.

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Of Montreal: The Early Four Track Recordings

Series of reissues offers recent fans a chance to turn back the clock to Of Montreal's formative years and explore the progression out of the garage and into indie pop brilliance.

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