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Yakuza Heart Attack: Yakuza Heart Attack

They haven’t achieved the MegaMan rock-opera grandeur of the Protomen, but there’s a good chance that Yakuza Heart Attack might level up soon.

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Les Petits: The Mighty Antlers Of Song EPs

Les Petits have sweet, soft and memorably crafted tunes, but it’s too bad a handful of them aren’t fully realized or developed.

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The Umbrella Sequence: Events

Indie-pop quartet the Umbrella Sequence insist on being all over the stylistic board on Events, and the results are consistently good, sometimes great.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tegan and Sara: The Con

This album is very, very good. To be more precise, it is one of the best albums so far of 2007 and one of the best recent pop releases.

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The Budos Band: The Budos Band II

Sophomore album from Staten Island instrumentalists (and Dap-King labelmates) is a hulking freight of Afrobeat-tinged funk.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Georgie James: Need Your Needs

First single of post-Q and Not U poppers heralds big damn things to come.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

DJ Khaled: We The Best

If Khaled continues re-releasing b-list Ja Rule tracks and inviting lazy, has-been rappers to his party, then the whole affair will seem less VIP and far more self-indulgent and self-congratulatory.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Bad Brains: Build a Nation

Punk godfathers produce another slice of intense thrash mixed with reggae.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Billie Holliday: Remixed and Reimagined

When the individual producer or remixer’s signature style dwarfs the original source, then the exercise is futile. Fortunately, these remixers know when to turn the bass down for Lady Day.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Kia Shine: Due Season

He's going to rhyme about his grind and his clothes at all costs. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to decide whether you can "respect his fresh" or not.

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The World on Higher Downs: Land Patterns

Exceptionally radiant strings, guitar loops, and cymbal crashes not only debunk the stigma still associated with recording in bedrooms, it makes it rather difficult to leave the comfort of your own.

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Virgin of the Birds: Mixed Choir

A consistent and intimate first release from these bedroom popsters.

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Shop Boyz: Rockstar Mentality

When crunk meets rock, partying "like a rock star" looks an awful lot like "partying like a rapper with guitars in the background".

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Okkervil River: The Stage Names

Okkervil River's new album is filled with moments that remind us again why this band is considered one of the finest indie rock groups in the US.

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Pissed Jeans: Hope for Men

Pissed Jeans might not care if you like their brand of grimy punk rock, but you probably will anyway.

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7 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Copper Kettle: Coal Rabbit

Copper Kettle is a wonderful surprise from a most unlikely locale.

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Various Tango Performers: Think Global Tango

OXFAM (anti-famine charity) gets a cut from this CD's profits. Learn more about tango artists; feed the hungry too.

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Dogs: Tall Stories from Under the Table

The London five-piece get a helping hand from Paul Weller in more ways than one on their energetic sophomore album.

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Eliza Gilkyson: Your Town Tonight

Like Johnny Cash or Pete Seeger, the very timbre of Gilkyson's voice convinces the listener that she understands the deep lessons of life.

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7 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Svoy: Eclectric

Svoy has a wonderful idea of who he wants to be, but he spends so much of the album trying to live up to that standard that he seems to forget what makes his best songs so great in the first place.

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