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14 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Balkan Beat Box: Nu Med

Nu Med flows like one big international party soundtrack. Come whoop it up.

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The Narrator: All That To The Wall

This Chicago trio offer up another solid disc of shaggy-haired and slackjawed indie rock.

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14 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby

Two traditional music veterans known for their progressive tendencies team up on project that features some good-natured fun, but offers little in terms of innovation or inspiration.

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14 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Mnemic: Passenger

Where Passenger manages to exceed Mnemic's previous efforts is in accessibility, due in no small part to new vocalist Guillaume Bideau's willingness to clean up his vocals for extended stretches.

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Los Straitjackets: Rock en Español, Vol. 1

Masked musicians record an entertaining set of classic rock & roll covers in Spanish, proving once again that music is a universal language.

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14 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Agency: Turn

Coming from the same launching pad as Seville and Dashboard Confessional, The Agency is open for business on the power punk of “Walking Disaster”.

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13 May 2007 // 10:05 PM

Big Quarters: Cost of Living

Question: How can hip-hop artists "take it to the old school" but still sound fresh? The answer from Big Quarters: "Like This."

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Mess Up The Mess: You Remind Me of Summer Vacation

Mess Up the Mess sound like a band whose charm would win followers in a live setting; unfortunately that energy just doesn't translate to this disc.

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Lavender Diamond: Calvary of Light

A modestly unlikely Matador signing, Lavender Diamond debut with a humbly humdrum introduction.

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American Bhangra: American Bhangra

The title is an overstatement and the cover design is ordinary but underneath the clumsy packaging thumps the heart of a very good debut bhangra album.

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13 May 2007 // 10:01 PM

Déclassé: Remain Still

Déclassé's Remain Still, an experimental mix of electronic dance, new wave, emo-tinted goth rock. While an intriguing blend, the disc suffers a few pitfalls, but a diamond in the rough shines through.

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Telefon Tel Aviv: Remixes Compiled

Electronic music duo Telefon Tel Aviv serves up a somewhat hobbled bag of remixes but, improbably, craft an alluring narrative in the process.

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13 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Mavis Staples: Well Never Turn Back

An icon frees her voice by revisiting the past she could never escape.

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YACHT: I Believe in You. Your Magic is Real

Good-natured electronica that steals from a lot of its contemporaries, but still sounds fresh

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13 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Heifer: The Judas Belt

The Judas Belt is smart, sour, and bruising Australian metal poised to break out to a worldwide audience

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13 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

brakesbrakesbrakes: The Beatific Visions

The Brighton-based rockers’ newest release has fleshed out the aching melodies only hinted at previously, and kept the laughable political-punk stabs.

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13 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

If you're prone to confusing honest musical maturity with banality, then you'll surely miss out on the treasures of Sky Blue Sky.

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Big D and the Kids Table: Strictly Rude

Ska, ska and more ska is the theme for Beantown-based Big D & The Kids Table.

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Ned Goold: March of the Malcontents

Very nice backing trio, serialist but sonorous saxophonist

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The New Rags: Take Jennie to Brooklyn

The "ragtime" influence may be a bit of a hoax, but that doesn't stop the New Rags from crafting some energetic pop.

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