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Green Carnation: Acoustic Verses

An all-acoustic experiment by the progressive metal band turns out to be just as powerful as their amplified work.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Long Walk to Freedom

Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, and Emmylou Harris all appear on this record, but even they are overshadowed by the joyful harmonies of Joseph Shabalala and his cohorts.

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Sonic Youth: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui Su Tim Barnes

This is a disc that shows off the avant-garde side of Sonic Youth

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Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell: Begonias

The album thoroughly succeeds in injecting a much-needed dose of traditional country into the alt.country label under which it will be lazily categorized.

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30 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sia: Colour the Small One

Sia takes difficult subject matter and lovingly dissects it, allowing her listeners a beautiful glimpse at a tortured psyche.

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30 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fra Lippo Lippi: Songs

CD re-release of super-dated 1986 gloom-pop record with bonus tracks. Be sure to keep your Prozac handy.

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30 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jonathan Kane: February

Ex-Swans drummer Jonathan Kane finds the link between Howlin' Wolf and avant-garde experimentation.

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Pelican: The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

For the most hip metal album of 2005, look no further…

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	The Small Faces: Under Review [DVD]

There's a big story behind these Small Faces.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

This is the main crux of Pekar, at least as he depicts himself -- he's pissed because people don't recognize his talents, but he doesn't seem to believe he's that talented at anything.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Medeski Martin & Wood

Weed-chaser or straight-lacer, these boys remain a group that Phish-heads and hardcore jazz fans agree on -- a crew as crowd-pleasing as they are experimental.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Why We Fight (2006)

Eugene Jarecki's new documentary poses its title as a question.

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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

The Spirit of the Beehive is about a child overcoming wonder.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Flightplan (2005)

The contrast between Kyle's multiple layers of loss and the flurry of life that goes on without her is briefly compelling.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Bubble (2005)

Less experimental than contrary, Steven Soderbergh's Bubble offers up a series of sacrificial objects, with remarkably little sympathy for any of them.

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27 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Annapolis (2006)

Annapolis is straight-up male melodrama.

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Konono No. 1: Congotronics

Their music accepts the distortion, overtones, and surprising sonorities of contemporary life, but re-imagines instrumental power from the trash heap of modernity.

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Eternia: It’s Called Life

Aware of the usual traps for women in hip-hop, Eternia tries to step back and play the game on her terms.

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Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit

Seventh studio album from Scottish septet includes more adventures in image-altering, twee-free pop.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Elected: Sun, Sun, Sun

Here we are, inside The Elected's idyllic world, where the song is the thing and the natural wonders of America are the backdrop.

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