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9 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Ground Components: An Eye for a Brow, a Tooth for a Pick

The debut album from Melbourne’s Ground Components starts off visceral, audacious and cathartic, and ends with a Dylan cover that beats the original.

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J.J. Grey and Mofro: Country Ghetto

Atmospheric, melancholy, mostly a preference for telling simplicity and slow rock with reminiscence by and large restrained of classic soul.

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9 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Porter Block: Suburban Sprawl

These two can craft some well-rounded and refined pop songs but is so mired in this realm that it almost lulls one to sleep.

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Florian Ross: Big Fish and Small Pond

Extremely attractive piano trio not unduly engrossed in its own inventions.

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Magic Bullets: A Child but in Life Yet a Doctor in Love

From the same line of poppy post-punk as Cold Watr Kids and Voxtrot.

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8 May 2007 // 10:03 PM

Mise En Abyme: Do You Hear the Hum

Mise En Abyme, an arty electro-rock band from Portland, exist in the small band realm -- this is their third album, but they're making no great play for accessibility.

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Static of the Gods: Cycles Follow Signs

Static of the Gods is a fairly run-of-the-mill power pop band with a vocalist that occasionally evokes Gwen Stefani, but is more comfortable mimicking post-Matrix Liz Phair.

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8 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Rush: Snakes & Arrows

Lerxst, Dirk, and the Professor make their long-awaited return, but this time around, it's Lerxst who steals the show.

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Jerry Granelli V16: The Sonic Temple

Best jazz album of the year so far, until the next one comes along.

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Uncle Earl: Waterloo, Tennessee

While the quartet's music may appeal to many of the Earls of the world, this is not your uncle's bluegrass band.

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Jeff Finlin: Angels in Disguise

Using a blueprint that has worked for the likes of John Hiatt, Tim Easton, and Bob Dylan, this effort from Jeff Finlin definitely has some fabulous roots-y Americana gems throughout.

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Maxïmo Park: Our Earthly Pleasures

Despite a good start, this post-punky UK guitar-pop quintet's sophomore album doesn't quite match up to its debut.

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8 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Cynthia G. Mason: Quitters Claim

Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.

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Travis Mitchell Band: Forget Whats Wrong

The Travis Mitchell Band intertwines classic rock and Texas country on a debut full of potential. And there "Ain't nothin' Nashville about that".

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This Is Me Smiling: This Is Me Smiling

Chicago pop lovers make one of the most memorable piano-driven rock albums in recent memory while smiling from ear to ear.

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The Sea and Cake: Everybody

Everybody is the most rock-based album the Sea and Cake have made, but it still sounds modern, sophisticated, and ultra-cool.

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The Bluetones: The Bluetones

Veteran Brit-poppers release an excellent album filled with classic guitar pop.

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Elliott Smith: New Moon

The world of American pop is so much better for Elliott Smith. Can any of us who consider this an important thing get enough?

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Various Artists: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof

Hot women, a bad-ass villain, a pair of wickedly cool cars, snappy dialogue, and of course, killer tunes.

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7 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Benjamin Escoriza: Alevanta!

After listening to Alevanta! it's easy to think of this as the fifth Radio Tarifa album that never was.

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