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Eric Matthews: Foundation Sounds

If you get off on the link between Aaron Copland and Eric Matthews, then more power to ya! But I'd rather build my house on good old solid rock (& roll), instead of Eric Matthews' Foundation Sounds.

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Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Reviewing this album is like trying to describe a cool and sunny Sunday afternoon -- no liberal expenditure of adjectives and verbs can recreate the experience of just sitting and taking it all in while relaxing.

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The Rapture: Pieces Of The People We Love

Record of the year candidate from one of dance-punk's enduring bright spots.

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Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational

Sentimentality is weighed down by dubious conceptualization on Overnight Sensational.

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Various Artists: Defected in the House: Eivissa 06

Both a time capsule of the current club scene on the island of Ibiza, and a historically-minded examination of past sounds.

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11 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

New Buffalo: New Buffalo EP

As with so many stopgap EPs, it's an eclectic, so-so afair of questionable re-release value.

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The Big Eyes Family Players: Do The Musiking

Chamber music for the iPod generation.

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Bobby Previte: Coalition of the Willing

A "nonjazz" record of assertive instrumental rock from a great downtown drummer -- both political and funky in its intentions, it arrives with purpose.

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11 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Nat Baldwin: Enter the Winter

Freeform musician continues to surprise in ability to be accessible and push boundaries.

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Tom Lellis: Avenue of the Americas

Very nice jazz singer with a relaxed, quiet, light baritone delivery, and something of an all-round musician.

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Logan Square: Pessimism & Satire

Same old heartbreak song and dance, done yet again.

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11 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Little Ones: Sing Song EP

The Little Ones prove to be impressive without being overly distinctive, trading challenges for talented execution.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Duhks: Migrations

The third time is the charm for this Winnipeg, folk, er, bluegrass, er, soulgrass outfit. And the Celtic leanings haven't been thrown out with the bathwater either.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beyonce: B-Day

I still think that Beyonce has a perfect masterpiece in her, but I guess we'll have to wait until the next album to find out.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Richard Buckner: Meadow

Buckner continues to follow his muse into thorny territory, but its worth the scratches to follow him.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Sinner

Jett and the Blackhearts can still rock out, but do so in frustratingly short bursts on new CD.

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Amy Millan: Honey from the Tombs

An interesting, confused, and ultimately satisfying solo album from the Stars vocalist.

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Travis Blaque: The Many Facets of…

After 20 years on the hip-hop scene, Travis Blaque has finally delivered his first full-length solo record, and it is a solid effort indeed.

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Christian Kiefer: Czar Nicholas Is Dead

Christian Kiefer, composer and literature professor, sets imagined Russian landscapes to music in a haunting series of abstract compositions.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Picture: Connect

Predictable and conventional, nothing here is quite ready to actually connect.

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