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Manicured Noise: Northern Stories 1978/80

They may not be the greatest band to have ever walked the Manchester scene, but they were a good one -- a damn good one.

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The View: Hats Off to the Buskers

Hugely hyped debut from young Scottish four-piece is short on originality, but just about makes it on punky exuberance.

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12 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Jeremy: Made in France

Jeremy Morris is power pop. If you looked up in the dictionary for the term you would see him.

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Do Make Say Think: You, Youre a History in Rust

Do Make Say Think's albums are full of glorious anthems to the inexplicable.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Woods: At Rear House

A musical ensemble must possess tremendous collective talent in order to sound rough and untutored without being trite or annoying. The new Woods CD, At

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:02 PM

Politic Live: Adaptation

Why "preachy" works for some artists, and how a bumpin' album can make you feel like Don Cornelius.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:01 PM

Maps: Start Something

Based in Northampton, Maps is the one-man-band of one James Chapman, a fellow who writes pop songs with an electronic bent.  His press materials

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Ektomorf: Outcast

Nothing is more tiresome in this world than a band who aren’t really angry, pretending that they are. A lesson Ektomorf could do with learning.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Son Volt: The Search

Son Volt looks for a new place on The Search.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Pagoda: Pagoda

Puzzling, not entirely objectionable outing from the actor who played Cobain in Last Days lifts attitude, chords, melodies and riffs from Nirvana.

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Rosie Thomas: These Friends of Mine

Rosie Thomas calls on friends like Sufjan Stevens to help craft her best record yet.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

MIDIval PunditZ: Remixed

The New Delhi-based duo MIDIval PunditZ creates dance music that mirrors contemporary India: a hybrid of tradition and technology. Too bad their remixes don't always see this reflection.

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Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

Back to Black finds a fearless artist saying whatever she damn well pleases. And we best listen up.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Popup: Chinese Burn/Stagecoach

Far more hyper than Franz Ferdinand or Sons and Daughters, Popup have more in common with Arctic Monkeys.

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Harlem Shakes: Burning Birthdays

This great EP promises even more from Brooklyn's Harlem Shakes in the near future. These guys are gonna be big.

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Warm in the Wake: Gold Dust Trail

Atlanta band Warm in the Wake is a perfect cross of Wilco, The Shins and Sparklehorse.

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Panda Bear / Excepter: Carrots / KKKKK split 12

Consider this an orange juice and mogadon cocktail.

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Various Artists: Presence Under the Tree

Presence Under the Tree is a double-CD collection of starry-eyed, dreampoppy, vaguely folkish indie, one disc labelled Twilight (the more robust) and the other Starlight

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Gill Landry: The Ballad of Lawless Soirez

Incorporating elements of blues, folk, jazz, and country, Landry's songs exist in a veritable stew of styles and structures that is diverse yet harmonious, much like the multi-cultural city from which he hails.

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The Paul Carlon Octet: Other Tongues

Jazz at the top of its modern game -- Latin, tight, tasty, and modern.

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