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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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Mark Olson: The Salvation Blues

Olson's way is never trendy or trail-blazing, but so steeped in classic American song that his body of work seems to exist out of time.

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The Red Button: Shes About to Cross My Mind

The Los Angeles duo display some top notch songwriting, but might love the Beatles a little too much for their own good.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:02 PM

Chuck Ragan: Los Feliz

A very interesting collection of songs with a roots rock feel.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:01 PM

Various Artists: PURE FIRE!

Gilles Peterson is let loose on one of the most iconic of all jazz catalogues, the Impulse label.

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Paul McCartney: Memory Almost Full

The former Beatle's third studio album of the new century backtracks on the creative revitalization of 2005's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Ben Mono: Hit the Bit

On his ambitious second album, Deutschland DJ Ben Mono attempts to create a new genre of electronica. Although Hit the Bit hits a few stumbling blocks, Mono and company lay the foundation for something new.

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Various Artists: Music From And Inspired By Spider-Man 3

Featuring exclusive tracks by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, the Walkmen and the Killers, Spider-Man attempts to court an indie audience.

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