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Jesse Malin: Glitter in the Gutter

Malin's winning combination of punk cred, melodic craft and working class aesthetic becomes displayed fully, adding validity to his candidacy to be a Springsteen-like figure for the indie rock/iPod generation.

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Hauschka: Versions of the Prepared Piano

To really love it I'd have to enjoy Tarwater's "World of Things to Touch" as much as I like "Para Bien" and I don't, I can't.

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James Blood Ulmer: Bad Blood in the City

Blood cannot be contained or directed; Blood must flow.

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The April Skies: How It All Played Out

Quality mid-western rock that you will most likely play out or wear out.

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Clorox Girls: JAime Les Filles

This reconfigured Left Coast trio churns out happy, boppy, sub-two-minute punk songs... one of them in French!

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The Elastik Band: The Elastik Band

A chance for a band to reclaim a reputation that, where it exists at all, is based solely on THAT song.

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Parker Longbough: Commander Comatose

Longbough can churn out lovely little indie pop/rock nuggets.

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Paul Collins Beat: Flying High

Casual but excellent power pop on new wave veteran Paul Collins's first album in 12 years.

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Allison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More

Every last gorgeous Alison Krauss guest spot or soundtrack contribution, right here, in a shimmering newgrass pool of prettiness.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Sylvain Luc: Joko

Another example of really classy jazz musicians doing the lighter thing -- very classily!

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Various Artists: La Vie en Rose

Even 44 years after her death, Piaf remains a true icon, featuring one of the most spectacular song canons in pop history.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

R. Kelly: Double Up

Self-proclaimed King of R&B returns with another audacious, entertaining tour de sex.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

David Bowie: Young Americans

Two new reissues illustrate different sides of Bowie: restlessly shifting gears from glam rock to soul in the '70s and embracing complacency in the bad-taste abyss of the '80s.

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David S. Ware Quartet: Renunciation

This document of the last concert by one of the best small contemporary jazz groups gestures towards the spirited music that the Impulse! label released in the late '60s.

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The Field: From Here We Go Sublime

An electronic album that is utterly original and not easily forgotten.

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Lets Go Sailing: The Chaos in Order

There's a fine line between twee and annoying, but the debut from Irving's former keyboardist manages to pull it off.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Storyhill: Storyhill

Cunningham and Hermanson's harmonies are on glorious display, and only the most detached listener could keep from being absorbed by the richness contained in the tones.

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Custom Made: Truth Be Told EP

Custom Made use East coast elements to craft their angry, energetic brand of West coast hip-hop.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

Coffinberry: God Damn Dogs

Coffinberry's power pop makes me wish it 1996... maybe a little too much.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Olympia: Emergencies

Juvenile party rock makes a stand.

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