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Mogwai: Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Mogwai's soundtrack for the portrait of soccer genius Zinédine Zidane offers slow-burning pleasure, and not just to fans of post-rock and Association Football.

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J.D. Blackfoot: The Ultimate Prophecy

For fans of obscure but mostly accessible early-'70s rock.

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28 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Police: The Police

This two-disc collection presents most of the great songs from one of the best bands ever. Obscenely, I had hoped for even more.

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Immaculate Machine: Immaculate Machines Fables

The Canadian trio follows the New Pornographers' lead on its third album, and does it surprisingly well.

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28 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

John Anderson: Easy Money

Despite a few up-tempo numbers, John Anderson’s latest record is proof of why he was (and still is) such a great talent in traditional country circles.

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27 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

Boom Bip: Sacchrilege

An ‘80s aesthetic that borders on ironic, and will throw longtime fans for a bit of loop.

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Drakes Hotel: Tell Me Everything

A thick slab of Jesus and Mary Chain-esque rock.

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Electric Laser People: Straight Talk on Raising Kids

MIT grads play robot-engineers by day, horny rock star posers at night.

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Whiting Tennis: Three Leaf Clover

When Whiting Tennis amplifies his own talents over his clear love of Neil Young, Three Leaf Clover shines. Unfortunately, that only happens about half the time.

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The Teeth: You’re My Lover Now

If the best parts of your record collection somehow got mashed up together by Morrissey, John Lennon, and Joe Strummer, You’re My Lover Now would be the end result.

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Rasputina: Oh Perilous World

Lurid images and disturbing allegories link gothic history to global warming, anthrax and the Patriot Act in Melora Creager's sixth full-length exploration of heavy metal cello ... and apparently she's been reading Mutiny on the Bounty.

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27 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Kelly Willis: Translated From Love

On Willis' first album in five years, she tackles Lust for Life-era Pop and completes an album of simple beauty and friendly beasts ("Teddy Boys" and "Success"), winding up with the most unusual album of her career.

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Savath & Savalas: Golden Pollen

Prefuse 73 vet Guillermo Scott Herren sings on almost every track of this airy, Latin folk-inspired concoction. Tortoise's John McEntire co-produces.

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27 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tim Armstrong: A Poets Life

With a 20-year career under his belt, punk/ska icon, Tim Armstrong finally releases his first solo album, a reggae-laden affair that conjures the spirit of his Operation Ivy days and the ghost of Joe Strummer.

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Various Artists: Eden: Global Chill from Six Degrees

Global Dancefloor exchanges the tedious exotica of Eden for the more self-reflexive border language of upbeat, global electronica.

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27 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Ugly Beats: Take a Stand

A fresh take on the spirit of the '60s.

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Cliff Eberhardt: The High Above and the Down Below

A rough and sometimes forced voice, and always some reminiscence of raw feeling, not without finesse.

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American Catastrophe: Excerpts From The Broken Bone Choir

A very exotic, but appealing, release that brings to mind Nick Cave singing over a Spaghetti Western film score.

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Of Montreal: Icons, Abstract Thee

This EP offers some tasty leftovers from Of Montreal's excellent 2007 full-length, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.

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Test Your Reflex: The Burning Hour

The band establishes a brand of '80s-inspired rock somewhere between the brooding charisma of Interpol and the populist appeal of The Killers.

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