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JT And The Clouds: The Citys Hot Yeah The Citys Hot

Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.

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Miranda Lambert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

In “Kerosene”, the broken-hearted singer turned to arson to resolve her issues with a cheating boyfriend. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sees her opt for “Gunpowder and Lead”.

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Armand Van Helden: Ghettoblaster

Not just an homage to a specific sound or style, it's a love letter to an entire era.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow: Dandelion Gum

A mysterious Western Pennsylvania psychedelian collective paints daydream tableaus in vibrating, supersaturated colors.

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The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun

Another 'Best Of..' from one of the most anthologised bands ever but at least this one looks beyond the 'hits'.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East

Rough Guide compiler John Armstrong wades through two of the most musically complex regions of the world so that new world music fans don't have to float around aimlessly.

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23 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

A.G.: Get Dirty Radio

A.G. comes back with a vengeance to unite East and West Coast schools of hip-hop, educate fans on the genre's history, and for Pete's sake, create something new that's actually worth a damn. Even better, he succeeds.

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Willy Mason: If the Ocean Gets Rough

Willy Mason won’t change your life, but he won’t really bother you, either.

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Omar Sosa and Greg Landau: DO

Collage music, but not quite the African-American/African concerto the blurb suggests.

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22 May 2007 // 10:05 PM

At Dusk: You Can Know Danger

Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.

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22 May 2007 // 10:04 PM

The Hard Lessons: Hard Lessons

Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.

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If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.

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The American Plague: God Bless The American Plague

The American Plague breaks out again with their sophomore effort, blending various genres of rock to create a unique sound and an impressive disc that clocks in at little over a half an hour and packs some seriously infectious tunes.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Voxtrot: Voxtrot

Meet the album-format version of Voxtrot's music: Polaroids made grand for the arena stage.

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Wheat: Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square

The only thing more incomprehensible and meandering than this album's title is the album itself.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Wax Tailor: Hope & Sorrow

So it is reluctance tempered only by relief, that what was once lost or hidden in trip-hop is now found in France.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Pam Tillis: Rhinestoned

Tillis was dropped from her major label contract, despite having a string of hit records in the '90s (including six number one singles), and hasn’t put out a new disc in five years. Well, she’s back.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Worms: Worms

Artcore punk comes up from the Portland underground with a new sound made by worms.

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Various Artists: Gypsy Groove

If you fancy yourself taking the road less traveled, the Gypsies have you beat by thousands of years. Putumayo's Gypsy Groove showcases the influence their music is having on the current European dance scene.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Palomar: All Things, Forests

All Things, Forests is a loud, punchy feast of power-pop anthems. And though it can feel like a long meal by the end of the album, it’s ultimately a tasty find.

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