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Northern Alliance: For the Grains of Sand

The Scottish indie rock band apparently rarely plays live, but for the singing alone I would encourage them to do so.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Adrianne: Sweet Mistake

You may have heard Adrianne’s song in the Courtney Cox series Friends, er, I mean Dirt.

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My Brightest Diamond: Tear It Down

Cautious, respectful remix album of My Brightest Diamond's operatic debut by a mostly unfamiliar set of remixers

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

!!!: Myth Takes

Myth Takes seems to take great pleasure in burying the band's best virtues.

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Veteran bassist Steve Swallow fuses poetry to jazz and a string quartet, to mixed results.

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Lovedrug: Everything Starts Where It Ends

This album won’t change your life, but for simply being a rock album, it’s a surprising joy.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Ampop: Sail to the Moon

Iceland's hot new trio bring soothing orchestral numbers and cool indie tracks with the release of their fourth LP.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Hauschka: Room to Expand

For Hauschka, the pleasures of piano preparation seem to lie in subtle timbral manipulations and accents.

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4 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Air: Pocket Symphony

Fourth full-length from the French duo of Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin maintains a modernist style while seriously decreasing the stakes.

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My Teenage Stride: Ears Like Golden Bats

A soft jangle of guitars, a hazy, New Zealand production sheen, the gently melancholy yet sort of humorous lyrics had me thinking I'd stumbled onto some lost Flying Nun outtake.

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Various Artists: Party-Keller Vol. 2

German rare groove DJ Florian Keller picks refreshments of soul, funk, and disco by contemporary producers.

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Oscar Peterson: Perfect Peterson

Calling any collection of music perfect is a little presumptuous. But while no musician is perfect, Oscar Peterson comes mighty close to flawless.

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4 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lang Lang: Dragon Songs

The latest Lang Lang disc is a window onto an unfamiliar world of music, and a document of a pianist beginning to find his mature musical voice.

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Albert Hammond, Jr.: Yours to Keep

A sweet, disposable confection from the Strokes' lead rhythm guitarist.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Calling

While there are several songs here full of hope, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s latest work is led by tracks that are honest, dark, and turbulent.

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Love of Diagrams: Love of Diagrams

Once Love of Diagrams manage to unhinge their voices while keeping a lock down on the groove, their impact will be unnervingly devastating.

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4 Mar 2007 // 8:58 PM

Partyline: Zombie Terrorist

Partyline’s florescent spunk rock is annoyingly repetitive and uses juvenile, rebellious lyrics to tackle overdone themes.

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Sarandon: The Completists Library

English trio Sarandon's latest album is a sweeping 32-track affair compiling the band's four mini albums.

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Qwel & Meaty Ogre: Freezerburner

As part of his series that coincides with the seasons, Chicago emcee Qwel is parceling out the beatsmith duties by rotating out Maker for Meaty

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Kelly Pardekooper: Brand New Bag

Iowan Kelly Pardekooper sounds as if he's channeling The Dandy Warhols on the retro-rock, groovy title track that sets the album off on the right course.

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