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The Cinematics: A Strange Education

The Cinematics have a hard task not to be compared to four other Glaswegians. But fear not, this album is a revealing and filler-free look into a band whose music speaks for itself.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Basement: Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs

Finally, a summer record for those of us who prefer autumn.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Foreign Islands: Restart Now!

This NYC group may not reach dance-punk's messy heights, but they show there are still legs in the genre on this debut EP

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Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha

Time may be a crooked bow, but Andrew Bird is shooting for timelessness.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: Tongues

A snapshot of the duo in their full flower, having mastered each others' languages and moved past any lingering reticence.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:04 PM

Until June: Until June

Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Sparrow House: Falls

Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements

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Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound

Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Smash Palace: Best Of 99-06

This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.

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New Young Pony Club: New Young Pony Club

New rave really isn't as striking as its prefix suggests. Not so much a revolution as a refinement, the movement as of yet is at most merely the more moneyed and sassy little sister to dance-punk.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Dale Ann Bradley: Catch Tomorrow

This is a near perfect album of traditional bluegrass that delivers heart-rending, joyous, and kick-ass tunes in equal measure.

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A Day to Remember: For Those Who Have Heart

It seems Californian nü-punks A Day to Remember have stumbled upon something new with For Those Who Have Heart. No, really.

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Acrobat: The Unbelievable Truth

Falling somewhere between the delicate, emotional songwriting of Travis and the sonic bombast of Elbow, Acrobat’s carefully crafted sound is nearly stadium ready.

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David Bromberg: Try Me One More Time

It's been 17 years since he has put out a new disc. The good news is, Bromberg sounds the same as ever.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Tinariwen: Aman Iman

Tinariwen plays rock guitar with a rangy American sound, broad and lazy and slow.

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Various Artists: Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra 1963-1973

"Creating a compelling alternative music catalog for curious and open ears", to quote Jac Holzman, marks the legacy of Elektra Records and the main selling point for this collection.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Mickey Avalon: Mickey Avalon

Former male prostitute Mickey Avalon invents the genre of "glam rap" with his raunchy, gritty, autobiographical -- and shockingly fun -- self-titled debut.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Robbie Williams: Rudebox

Rudebox is a flawed, stupid, incoherent mess of an album, but like the very best pop music, it isn't half fun.

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Aereogramme: My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go

Aereogramme's latest album is entirely successful in just about everything save its choice of title.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Only Crime: Virulence

These punks are trying to age well, and they have their moments on the new record, but for the most part these guys sound a little wiped out.

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