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25 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Maps: We Can Create

Shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, Maps' debut full length is another solid entry into the growing “widescreen sound” oeuvre.

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25 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Kelt: Tomorrow Is Another Day

The Australian band Kelt have a dreamy pop sensibility about them.

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Dimitri From Paris: Dimitri From Paris Presents Cocktail Disco

Cocktail Disco is overloaded with tunes that fall short of inducing a memorable buzz.

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Straylight Run: The Needles the Space

Long Island soft-rockers push the “change” button one too many times.

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Suzanne Vega: Beauty & Crime

Stories of graffiti artists, famous love affairs, and Edith Wharton: what happens in New York never stays in New York. If the streets could talk, they might sound like Suzanne Vega.

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The Pierces: Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge

Yes, there is a definite charm and attractiveness to The Pierces but it is revealed more through musical substance than outward magnetism.

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Rocky Votolato: The Brag and Cuss

The singer-songwriter known for gentle acoustics adds a backing band, but maintains a straight-down-the-middle stance on his latest release.

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Bodies of Water: Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink

From indie folk-pop underpinnings to Polyphonic Spree-like grandiosity, the debut full-length from this L.A. girl-boy band is definitely on the right track.

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The Little Ones: Lovers Who Uncover EP

A tight piece of indie pop -- and some remixes -- from this new LA group.

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The Death of a Party: The Rise and Fall of Scarlet City

Like how Ozma imitates Weezer, the Death of a Party wants to be the Blood Brothers. They should stop trying.

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Green Lizard: Las Armas Del Silencio

A commanding, guitar-driven presence, embodying the spirit and aesthetic of punk.

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24 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mark Farina: House of Om

Another unique compilation by a seasoned veteran, this DJ mix offers a lively, hip-shaking meditation in Chicago House.

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24 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Against Me!: New Wave

New Wave isn't as much of a new sound as it purports to be, but it is still a decent step into the major label arena.

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Bishop Allen: The Broken String

You, whomever you may be, will like this album. I can think of no better recommendation for pop songs this good.

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Sarolta Zalatnay: Sarolta Zalatnay

Ultimate, absolute, utter gusto would need more waaaaaow! but the gusto she's got is great.

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Block: The Last Single Guy

Block clearly revels in words and tweaked-out arrangements, but ironically, Single Guy might be at its most interesting when Block eases off the controls a bit.

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Gerald Collier: How Can There Be Another Day?

Jenks Miller created this album as a means of cathartically dealing with his OCD; and it often makes one feel uncomfortable or unnerved, but in a good way.

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Will Stratton: What the Night Said

Not even 21, Stratton creates a folk album so good that even Sufjan Stevens had to stop by and play on it. He can expect a call from Mark Kozelek soon.

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Within Temptation: The Heart of Everything

Within Temptation nail down the first female-fronted metal spin of 2007, and are prepared and well-equipped to lead the way.

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23 Jul 2007 // 11:04 PM

Ra Ra Riot: Ra Ra Riot EP

Despite the tragedy surrounding its release, Ra Ra Riot's debut EP is worth your attention.

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