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27 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tim Armstrong: A Poets Life

With a 20-year career under his belt, punk/ska icon, Tim Armstrong finally releases his first solo album, a reggae-laden affair that conjures the spirit of his Operation Ivy days and the ghost of Joe Strummer.

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Various Artists: Eden: Global Chill from Six Degrees

Global Dancefloor exchanges the tedious exotica of Eden for the more self-reflexive border language of upbeat, global electronica.

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27 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Ugly Beats: Take a Stand

A fresh take on the spirit of the '60s.

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Cliff Eberhardt: The High Above and the Down Below

A rough and sometimes forced voice, and always some reminiscence of raw feeling, not without finesse.

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American Catastrophe: Excerpts From The Broken Bone Choir

A very exotic, but appealing, release that brings to mind Nick Cave singing over a Spaghetti Western film score.

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Of Montreal: Icons, Abstract Thee

This EP offers some tasty leftovers from Of Montreal's excellent 2007 full-length, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.

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Test Your Reflex: The Burning Hour

The band establishes a brand of '80s-inspired rock somewhere between the brooding charisma of Interpol and the populist appeal of The Killers.

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The Destro: As the Coil Unwinds

Another band declare themselves outcasts of society and saviors of blasting, in-your-face metal.

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Trembling Blue Stars: The Last Holy Writer

Twenty years into his career, Robert Wratten returns with another reliably disarming record.

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Van Morrison: The Best of Van Morrison

Van Morrison's had a pretty off decade -- or has he?

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26 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Pharoahe Monch: Desire

All I'll say is this work deserves heavy rotation. Now I'll let the album speak for itself.

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26 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tomahawk: Anonymous

Anonymous succeeds almost entirely thanks to the effort and drive of Duane Denison.

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26 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Confederate Railroad: Cheap Thrills

An old band up to its old tricks.

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Page McConnell: Page McConnell

More Phish Phallout. What was he holding in over all the years, secondary to Trey and yearning to be set free?

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26 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Beth Arentsen: Sap

Though there is no shortage of singer-songwriters populating the indie scene of NYC, the melodies of Beth Arentsen do, indeed, stick like "sap on wood."

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Page McConnell: Page McConnell

Chances are, you already know if you're going to like the debut solo CD by former Phish keyboardist Page McConnell.

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Nonloc: Between Hemispheres

Bright guitarist Mark Dwinell's second solo disc layers short, tightly constructed motifs in jewel-like patterns of guitar and piano notes... but falls short of last year's Bells Break Their Towers.

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25 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

Little Aida: Mad Country

Little Aida's first release in over ten years is a beguiling mix of lysergic-country and ambient folk-melancholia. It's just a shame we had to wait so long.

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25 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

Panther: Secret Lawns

On one song I think I hear him call his style "mechanic soul"; whether he does or doesn't, that description works.

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25 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

The Little Heroes: Cinematic Americana

San Jose/L.A. band shoots for Document-era R.E.M., but actually reminds one of the Gin Blossoms.

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