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10 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

Arve Henriksen: Strjon

A collection of beautiful and often engrossing instrumental compositions that hum with the places and feelings of the desolate environment of Henriksen's youth

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10 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

My Sister Klaus: Chateau Rouge

Chateau Rouge has the kind of underground attitude that leaves an album vibrating with its own buzzy kick, but here the buzz never consolidates itself in a climax.

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Stuart Robertson: World Figured Out

While themes of darkness are evident, each song is done in such a way as to bring some hope.

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10 Jun 2007 // 11:01 PM

The Poison Dart: Get Hot

From the opening strains of "I Was Not Made to Reproduce" through the extended outro of closer "Crazy Horce", each of the album's fourteen songs serve as connective tissue in the creation of a consistent quality of sound.

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Wooden Wand: James and the Quiet

James Toth releases his final album as Wooden Wand. Consider this slab of folk-rock an extended meditation on the meaning of meaning. Or call it a transitional album.

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Jimmy LaFave: Cimarron Manifesto

On Cimarron Manifesto, singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave serves up a regional slice-of-life à la Guthrie and paying homage to some of his favorite people and places along the Oklahoma/Texas corridor.

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Marco Polo: Port Authority

Marco Polo mans the boards for a terrific album that channels the past in the context of the present.

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Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris

Fifth full-length from the desert hard-rockers is slick, hard-hitting and sly... score one for big-time rock and roll.

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Jesse Malin: Glitter in the Gutter

Malin's winning combination of punk cred, melodic craft and working class aesthetic becomes displayed fully, adding validity to his candidacy to be a Springsteen-like figure for the indie rock/iPod generation.

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Hauschka: Versions of the Prepared Piano

To really love it I'd have to enjoy Tarwater's "World of Things to Touch" as much as I like "Para Bien" and I don't, I can't.

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James Blood Ulmer: Bad Blood in the City

Blood cannot be contained or directed; Blood must flow.

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The April Skies: How It All Played Out

Quality mid-western rock that you will most likely play out or wear out.

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Clorox Girls: JAime Les Filles

This reconfigured Left Coast trio churns out happy, boppy, sub-two-minute punk songs... one of them in French!

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The Elastik Band: The Elastik Band

A chance for a band to reclaim a reputation that, where it exists at all, is based solely on THAT song.

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Parker Longbough: Commander Comatose

Longbough can churn out lovely little indie pop/rock nuggets.

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Paul Collins Beat: Flying High

Casual but excellent power pop on new wave veteran Paul Collins's first album in 12 years.

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Allison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More

Every last gorgeous Alison Krauss guest spot or soundtrack contribution, right here, in a shimmering newgrass pool of prettiness.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Sylvain Luc: Joko

Another example of really classy jazz musicians doing the lighter thing -- very classily!

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Various Artists: La Vie en Rose

Even 44 years after her death, Piaf remains a true icon, featuring one of the most spectacular song canons in pop history.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

R. Kelly: Double Up

Self-proclaimed King of R&B returns with another audacious, entertaining tour de sex.

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