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Elvis Presley: Elvis: Viva Las Vegas

An essential document of some of the King's strongest Vegas-era recordings, featuring more soul than schmaltz.

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19 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various: Thai Pop Spectacular

You might be able to file Thai Pop Spectacular away on the Wacky shelf, but the thrilling stab of Thai Country Groove is less easily dismissed.

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19 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

DJ Alibi: Lets Ride 12

A brief taste of Toronto’s DJ Alibi and his ability to lure you into a kitchen that’s simmering with boom-bap, jazz, and soul.

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18 Sep 2007 // 11:04 PM

Cloak/Dagger: We Are

This isn't essential listening, but if you're in dire need of a hardcore fix, Cloak/Dagger does nothing but satisfy.

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Mystery of Two: Arrows Are All You Know

There's nothing revolutionary about what Mystery of Two does on this album but it's a great change-of-pace type record that showcases the potential this band has to carve out a distinct place for themselves in the independent scene.

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18 Sep 2007 // 11:02 PM

Turbo Fruits: Turbo Fruits

Fast, fun, silly punk rock without a trace of civilizing influence...from the boys of Be Your Own Pet.

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Various Artists: Sowing the Seeds

These days folk is a niche market, but these musicians still know how to captivate, educate, and entertain the listener.

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Waylon Jennings and the Waymore Blues Band: Never Say Die

It’s doubtful that Jennings meant this show to be the grand statement and legacy-capping event that the record label is hyping it as.

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18 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Joe Henry: Civilians

A gorgeous feat of sonic story-telling from a songwriter deserving much wider recognition.

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The Get Quick: See You in the Crossfire

Philly's glam pop outfit, Get Quick, kick out clever puns and killer riffs on a 1960s-redolent, but 00s-relevant second full-length.

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18 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Wiley: Playtime is Over

We know by now Wiley can produce and star in a pretty slick-sounding grime record. But where's the heart?

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Manchester Orchestra: Im Like A Virgin Losing A Child

The debut album from this young Atlanta band is an unfortunate piece of bland, derivative Emo Lite.

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Oliver Mtukudzi: Tsimba Itsoka

He’d be the man who sets a hand on your arm, telling you, “People should be decent to one another,” and you’d know that he wasn’t saying it just to make small talk.

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Charlie Haden / Antonio Forcione: Heartplay

Another Haden duet set, with a brilliant and very interesting guitarist, aimed at and achieving beauty.

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18 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Recoil: subHuman

The one-time Depeche Mode maestro returns after a seven-year hiatus. He still hasn't lightened up, but this time he's brought along a secret weapon.

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Sir Richard Bishop: Polytheistic Fragments

Mixing the odor of Jimmy Page and the missing link between Brian Eno’s Another Green World and mid-period Pink Floyd,Polytheistic Fragments is a veritable treat for fans of guitar music from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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17 Sep 2007 // 11:03 PM

The Sharp Things: A Moveable Feast

The third album from New York's 11-piece symphonic-pop ensemble serves up an eclectic banquet of darkly atmospheric chamber-pop and cool lounge-swing to an often dazzling effect.

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The Dilettantes: 101 Tambourines

The Dilettantes are a band whose rock and roll ideal is often expressed in the language of Byrds-ian guitar jangle, driving drumbeats and psychedelic pop landscapes.

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Suzy Callahan: Freedom Party For Insects

Callahan veers between Brit-folk and coffeehouse singer-songwriter on this pop-saturating album.

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Vic Chesnutt: North Star Deserter

Featuring Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra, Guy Picciotto, and a host of others, Mr. Chesnutt's latest opus is a monument of haunted beauty, splintered fury, gloves off and gorgeous.

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