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1 May 2007 // 10:03 PM

Cassette: Beautiful California

A 35-song effort that is 35 minutes in length results in something that is very odd, very short, and very interesting at times.

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1 May 2007 // 10:02 PM

Kilo: Kilo

Kilo's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.

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1 May 2007 // 10:01 PM

Optional 2: Moment of Truth

On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Blue Oyster Cult: Spectres

To fully appreciate Blue Öyster Cult, you must view them in the context where they made their greatest mark.

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Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

A bold, romantic album touched by a rare imagination and an indefinable magic -- pop music at its most deliriously inventive and exciting.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Hilary Duff: Dignity

The Last of the Squeaky Clean Disney Divas forays into the world of electronic pop on her third studio album.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Sia: Lady Croissant

Furler bends her vowels to the point that her words become nigh-unintelligible, perhaps to make up for the fact that every single song in the live set is a lush, slow-to-mid-tempo affair.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Blonde Redhead: 23

Blonde Redhead’s latest strikes the difficult balance between avant pop and accessibility.

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The (International) Noise Conspiracy: Live at Oslo Jazz Festival

International indie rockers channel their best Doors impression on latest live effort.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Peter Primamore: Grancia

Light music, sometimes ambitious in conception.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Hot Cross: Risk Revival

If Hot Cross have not totally reinvented the essence of underground punk on Risk Revival, they at least give it a reassuring rush.

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30 Apr 2007 // 10:04 PM

Radio Moscow: Radio Moscow

Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band.

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30 Apr 2007 // 10:03 PM

Sacha Perry: Not Brand X

Jazz standards -- a lesson in individuality when approaching classic material.

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Auto Interiors: Lets Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends

Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends may be the holy grail of power pop albums.

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Okkervil River: The Presidents Dead

Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.

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Coco Rosie: The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn

Pop, eating itself and then throwing up and eating itself again. Sounds great? Not when verve and a trash aesthetic are lacking.

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30 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Feist: The Reminder

Whether listeners take the plunge with Feist into her emotional depths is almost immaterial: The Reminder is an exceptional album that should be experienced solely on the merits its stunning musicality.

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Trap Them: Sleepwell Deconstructor

Can't wait for the new Pig Destroyer album? This one will tide you over nicely.

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30 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Fennesz: Endless Summer

Six years later, the original tracklist, full of gauzy guitars and bristling white noise, still holds up on its own merits -- and without the unneccessary bonus tracks.

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I Am Robot and Proud: The Catch / Spring Summer Autumn Winter

This re-release of a 2001 album shows a sort of Philip K. Dick shift on electronic music: the machines are emoting.

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