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	Various Artists: Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread

An extremely strong collection by a diverse group of artists who have come out of the closet to admit that, yes, they loved Bread.

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	Lizz Wright: Dreaming Wide Awake

This is an entry in the Next Norah Sweepstakes, with the Jesse Harris songs and the mid-tempo folkiness in strong supply. But it sounds great, with unaffected singing and a 'new standards' repertoire that quietly jolts.

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	Viva Voce: Lovers Lead the Way! [reissue]

After the revelation of The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, Minty Fresh has reissued Viva Voce's ramshackle full-length debut, for good or for ill.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Turner: Rise

You know how in the National Football League, some guys are better suited to being assistant coaches after bombing as head coaches? That's Eddie Turner in music parlance: great guitarist in a band setting, but he doesn't have leadership material.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lou Reed: Spanish Fly: Live in Spain [DVD]

While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.

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	Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You

Fourth studio album from Massachusetts indie pop band is marked by stylistic allusions to early '80s Manchester (England, not New Hampshire).

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	Anders Parker: The Wounded Astronaut [EP]

Six songs that didn't quite make the cut on Tell It to the Dust because they were too loud. And this from the guy behind Varnaline?"

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jandek: Glasgow Sunday

Though Jandek has come closer to conventional music than anyone would have thought possible a decade ago, he remains a traveler on his own unfathomable road.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tim Burgess: I Believe

Flying solo has not dampened Tim Burgess's enthusiasm for his craft. Too bad this effort is so exquisitely pedestrian, despite a few memorable moments.

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15 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

The first two times he reached into the crowd I was too busy trying to snap photos to grab this Bauhaus frontman's hand, but I was grazed on the third pass, I swear.

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15 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hell’s Kitchen

After calling two diners 'bimbos,' chef Gordon Ramsay tells them to go see their plastic surgeon, causing the women to storm out of the restaurant.

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15 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Duel Masters

Magic: The Gathering was the first kind of geeky game that wasn't Dungeons & Dragons-based that I had ever gotten into and actually enjoyed.

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In a Queer Time & Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by Judith Halberstam

In a Queer Time displays Halberstam's sophisticated understanding of contemporary culture in a plain and engaging tone.

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Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Dwight Twilley: 47 Moons

Long-time under-the-radar rocker returns with a string of sugar-coated pop tunes that make his Beatles-influenced pop come full circle.

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	Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation: Mighty Rearranger

Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger, and the like aside, Robert Plant still holds the title of cock-rock superstar. Mighty Rearranger is his best solo effort yet, and can put some of Led Zep's efforts to shame.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Memphis Bleek: 534

Don't even try, snarky listener.

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	Madagascar: Forced March

Mostly instrumental compositions drawn from everything from chamber music to Yiddish folk, this debut is a gorgeous surprise.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hater: The 2nd

For God's sake, let sleeping dogs lie. The 2nd is a bunch of 10-year-old demos that we're supposed to treat like an album. Right.

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	Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South: Live at the 40 Watt [DVD]

With five superb studio albums behind them, the Drive-By Truckers have emerged as one of the finest American rock bands of the past decade, as

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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