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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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7 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Tarwater: Spider Smile

Eight albums and 12 years into its partnership, the Berlin duo has crafted an almost ideal mix of organic and synthetic sound, pop tunefulness and electronic experiment, uneasy lyrics and body-moving rhythms.

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7 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Aufgehoben: Messidor

If Heaven is an eternity spent in the act of dying, Aufgehoben provide the soundtrack.

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Various Artists: The Kings of Reggae

The influences here are diverse and insinuate that reggae is a collaborative effort.

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Dark Meat: Universal Indians

On Universal Indians, Dark Meat uses over 30 players to make an album that's dense, loud, chaotic, and one of the best hidden gems of 2006.

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