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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Roots: Game Theory

What in the name of Memphis Bleek were the elegant, politically fiery, underappreciated Roots, who could establish a foundation to begin donating the street cred they’d amassed over the years, doing hanging the hat on the door of the blingiest big-shot in the game, the guy re-touring with R. Friggin’ Kelly by day and spooning with Beyonce by night?

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Motörhead: Kiss of Death

Thirty one years later, Motörhead hasn't changed at all. Not that we ever want them to.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ziggy Kinder: Akrobatik

Ziggy Kinder produces minimal techno animated by a spirit of puckish enthusiasm that places the work at odds with the overriding perception of most modern electronic music.

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Danielle Peck: Danielle Peck

The next wave of that wooden-legged phenomenon known as Shania? Well, good luck with that.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Das Bierbeben: Alles Fallt

Allien on downers for a session of ego preaching.

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Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada: El Nino Y El Sol

Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada take their place as an Afro-Cuban Gotan Project -- or perhaps a Breakestra for beach relaxation -- with an album that is exceptional and essential.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liquid Soul: One Two Punch

The "acid jazz" outfit run by saxophonist Mars Williams sounds dated and uncommitted in its first disc in over five years.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Anathallo: Floating World

A curious puzzle of an album, you have to spend time with Anathallo's excellent, awful, and sometimes just fine Floating World in order to sort it all out.

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Chris Berry & Panjea: Dancemakers

Dancemakers attempts an uplifting mishmash of hip-hop beats and groovy vibes over a world-music pastiche. It fails spectacularly.

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28 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Panda & Angel: Panda & Angel

Panda & Angel, a soft-core band from Seattle, don’t quite know what to do with their guitars on their self-titled debut EP. Alternating between

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The Matchheads: Backtracks 1980-1982 / The Matchheads Present The Mohawks, Lucky Strikes, The Gasser

The Matchheads were a punk rock band in the early ‘80s that are known only to a handful of people in San Francisco. But that

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Aeon Grey: Primate Curriculum

Despite mixed results, this Iowa-based emcee is strong on ideas and concepts.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tanya Stephens: Rebelution

This album isn't just great, it's Album-of-the-Year HEROICALLY great.

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Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics

She seems to be self-involved in a way that her predecessors were not, and that can lead to occasionally bad music. However, Back to Basics is a challenging piece of pop that manages to look backwards and forward at the same time.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Dears: Gang of Losers

What makes the Dears a cut above, a band that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as its Canadian indie compatriots the New Pornographers or Broken Social Scene, is the voice of Murray Lightburn.

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Strapping Young Lad: The New Black

"Welcome to A&W, my name is Devin. Can I take your stinkin' order!!!"

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[The] Caseworker: When I Was a Young King

Dreamy but attention getting, [The] Caseworker is compromised of Conor Jonathan, Eimer Devlin, Will Waghorn, and Monte Vallier. And this quartet, led primarily by Jonathan

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Pan•American: For Waiting, for Chasing

Every single track on For Waiting, for Chasing oozes with the love that Mark Nelson harbors for his young son.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Robin Guthrie: Continental

No new continents explored by ex-Cocteau Twin Guthrie. A haunting and haunted release.

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Eri Yamamoto: Cobalt Blue

Clearly a very talented pianist, but with a tendency to get into what's not in the current sense a groove. Samey.

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