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Various: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974

Marina Records reaches into the vaults of time to offer up 20 kraut-a-delic ditties from Germany's dalliance with British mod and American counterculture.

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The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out

Not ones to be bashful or to hold back, Brighton’s The Kooks open with a whiplash-inducing clutch of certain singles.

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25 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lil’ Wayne: Tha Carter II

He really IS the best rapper alive, at least when he tries.

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Various Artists: Dream Brother

For all the good intentions radiating from Dream Brother, the Buckleys' story gets a bit muddled.

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25 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Dufilho: John Dufilho

It's best to think of John Dufilho's first solo record as a safety release valve for his main band, the Deathray Davies

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Shakeyface: Bicycle Day Boogaloo

Shakeyface sure knows how to bookend an album -- he’ll really be in business when he can figure out what to put in the middle.

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25 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Väsen: Live In Japan

Väsen crosses the formal skill of a chamber orchestra with the dynamism of a folk band and comes up with a wonderful live recording.

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24 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Hexes and Ohs + Code Pie

Sounds from the Montreal Underground: Another wave of Canadians is coming for your throne...

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24 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Shield

The betrayals work in all directions at once.

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24 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Love Monkey

A hip, sophisticated look at the music business and the love lives of four 30-something New York guys is not what you expect from CBS.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clearlake: Amber

On this anticipated follow-up, the once-gloomy Clearlake sacrifices some mood for some rock, but only the guitars get happy about it.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Doo-Wop Forever

Independent label music by alternative artists from the past shows that rock and roll will never die as long as record companies can make a profit repackaging it.

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Panic! at the Disco: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Pretty boys in fancy suits want to make you dance to their heartbreak. Please refrain.

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East River Pipe: What Are You On?

A druggy set of songs crammed with unfulfilled potential.

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The Contrast: Forget to Tell the Time

Not groundbreaking, but this album distills all of the Contrast that has come before into their most refined effort yet.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Aids Wolf: The Lovvers LP

Aids Wolf, the little over two-year-old Canadian band, has had plenty of press leading up to the release of their debut; not all of it's because of the second word in their name, and that they're from Montreal.

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Various: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara

Compilations in any genre are rarely so effective.

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	Buzzcocks: Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003 [DVD]

Shelley and Diggle themselves prove this point, portraying themselves as regular blokes who enjoy a night at the pub while making some of the finest music around.

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23 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

How does Lost Squad measure up to the popular movies it was compared to?

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23 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Shield: Season 4

Most of the brilliant fourth season is focused on the interplay of Vic with the two single-season 'heavyweights', Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling and Anthony Anderson as local kingpin Antwon Mitchell.

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