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Satanicpornocultshop: .aiff Skull

The .aiff Skull EP is little more than a vaguely interesting means to a massive headache.

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Dan Deacon: Spiderman of the Rings

Dan Deacon manages to lure in his audience with his strange, raucous brand of electro-pop and induce them to sway, leap, and even shout along with him.

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5 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Xavier Rudd: White Moth

A surprisingly mellow follow-up to Rudd's 2005 Food in the Belly.

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Various Artists: Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash

This tribute album is graced by performances that are faithful to the root and spirit of June Carter Cash's musical style while breathing in just enough new life to keep any version from seeming like a retread.

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5 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Joe: Aint Nothin Like Me

Joe only embarrasses himself on an occasional basis, preferring instead to (for the most part) musically comport himself in the way a man in his mid-30s should.

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5 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Client: Heartland

On album number three, the ultra-chic Brit synthpop girls have a new Client in tow. They're still not taking your phone calls.

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The Cowboy Junkies: At the End of Paths Taken

Paths is as thorny and varied as its main theme: the idea of family.

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In This Moment: Beautiful Tragedy

On the Orange County band's debut, lead singer Maria Brink puts a welcome, fresh spin on a very tired sound.

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4 Jun 2007 // 10:05 PM

Mystery Jets: Diamonds in the Dark

This single feels like a grab at mainstream from a band that promises more than that.

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4 Jun 2007 // 10:04 PM

Priestbird: In Your Time

It’s almost too easy to dismiss Priestbird as being too eclectic for its own good. After all, the band formerly known as Tarantula A

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4 Jun 2007 // 10:03 PM

Poison: Poisond

Poison'd finds Poison taking the time-honored covers route.

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4 Jun 2007 // 10:01 PM

Che Arthur: Iron

There is no questioning the passion and possibility which lies in Arthur's work; however, with little space ceded to balance and nuance, Iron certainly leaves room to hone, polish and find improvement.

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Joan Osborne: Breakfast In Bed

All shine and polish, but no sex or sensuality.

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Various Artists: Monterey International Pop Festival

It's easy to speak cynically about the "Summer of Love", but the music of the Monterey International Pop Festival remains a vital footprint in time.

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Great Lake Swimmers: Ongiara

Tony Dekkar has hit his stride with Ongiara, using the right combination of elements from the band’s earlier work to craft not only their best, but one of the best of ‘07.

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Danny Flowers: Tools For The Soul

Singer-songwriter Danny Flowers has quite the guest performer on the opening title track. Emmylou Harris adds a warm feel to the rather straightforward folksy ditty.

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The Saints: Imperious Delirium

With more lineup changes in over 30 years than Elizabeth Taylor has had husbands, everything old is new again with The Saints. Now a pared-down trio, their latest album is brilliantly experimental yet solidly punk.

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RaperGet Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.: Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager

Buzzed UK folk-pop debut from 20-year-old Sam Duckworth refuses to dress up his tunes or words with any frills whatsoever.

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Guru: Gurus Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4

Guru is a hip-hop legend. Jazzmatazz remains an informative and influential series. But the fourth volume in the collection? Not so much.

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4 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Antelope: Reflector

Justin Moyer's first full-length as Antelope cranks edgy, repetitive grooves laced with abbreviated melody and punctuated by air and space.

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