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Joe Good: Hi, May I Help You?

Who knew there was so much talent in Kansas City? Joe Good and partner Mac Lethal set the record straight.

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1 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Astropop 3: Life

If an indie alternative to Lilly Allen sounds pretty good about now, Astropop 3 might just provide you with all the catchy summer pop hooks you require.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Shys: Astoria

Under their new moniker, the Shys struggle to bring their live energy to the recording studio, resulting in an up-and-down, but not dissatisfying, straight rock record.

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Method Man: 4:21… The Day After

Living among ghosts of MCs past, remembering every harsh word a critic ever uttered, Method Man races to prove his relevance.

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Dead Prez & the Outlawz: Cant Sell Dope Forever

Is it preachy? Sure it is, but this collaborative effort is dope. And when I say "dope", I mean "dope".

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Nights Like These: The Faithless

Forgettable name, forgettable music.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Johnny Dowd: Cruel Words

'Cruel Words' is an eerie treat of musical inventiveness from the dark hinterland of Americana. Exceptional!

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Easy Star All-Stars: Radiodread

The reggae collective responsible for Dub Side of the Moon reinterprets Radiohead's OK Computer, offering fresh perspectives on well-worn songs and creating a new vibe from an old atmosphere.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sex Mob: Sexotica

Steven Bernstein's jazz pranksters take on Martin Denny-style lounge exotica, mixing bold jazz with nostalgic bird-call texture. A mixed drink, for sure.

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Drop the Lime: We Never Sleep

Bangers & Grime impresario Luca Venezia conjures vast echoing spaces and strobe-lit throngs in his second full-length.

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Various Artists: Warped Tour 2006 Compilation

The annual summer punk primer gives the kids what they want: more of everything, for a cheap price.

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Ponies in the Surf: Ponies on Fire

Full-length release by Now Hear This! artist realizes all the charming moments of breezy promise.

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31 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

The Waylons: The Waylons

Despite the Jennings-invoking name, the Waylons are not a country band. They are, however, a meat-and-potatoes rock band. Their self-titled debut is a solid slab

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Patent Pending: Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine

Patent Pending keeps it simple and slightly stupid, but nonetheless fun.

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31 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Atone: Un Jour

It’s rare to see it come out of France, but multi-instrumentalist Antoine Monzonis-Calvet has created something quite particular in the border area between electronica

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Guillemots: Through The Windowpane

Startlingly ambitious and soulful, in all its jazzy pop majesty, Through The Windowpane is a truly magnificent record quite unlike anything else you'll hear this year.

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Darker My Love: Darker My Love

Darker My Love is an excellent debut from a band delightfully willing to spurn the pop charts in favor of a consistent, interesting, absorbing musical vision.

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Bruce Cockburn: Life Short Call Now

The good and great songs easily overpower the middleweights, making for a very strong Bruce Cockburn album that even his casual fans will want to pick up.

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Kyoto Jazz Massive: 10th Anniversary

On this exceptional two-disc compilation, an all-star cast of DJs and producers pays tribute to an acid jazz giant and provides an ideal introduction to the sophisticated world of broken beat music.

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The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: INRI EP

A new EP/single from the Plot offers only meager attractions.

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