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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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11 May 2007 // 2:04 AM

Adult.: Why Bother?

An aptly titled new electronica album from the Detroit duo, Adult.

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Skeletonwitch: Worship the Witch

Cleveland, Ohio's Skeletonwitch is hugely indebted to the classic European thrash metal of the late 1980s.

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Lillydale: The Art Of Becoming Ones Own Shadow

Lillydale have returned with an album that is precious, sparse, gorgeous and damn near any other adjective that is positive.

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Antennas to Heaven: The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland

Here’s to a debut album that only wants to live up to its influences, which it does in spades.

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