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8 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Cynthia G. Mason: Quitters Claim

Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.

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Travis Mitchell Band: Forget Whats Wrong

The Travis Mitchell Band intertwines classic rock and Texas country on a debut full of potential. And there "Ain't nothin' Nashville about that".

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This Is Me Smiling: This Is Me Smiling

Chicago pop lovers make one of the most memorable piano-driven rock albums in recent memory while smiling from ear to ear.

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The Sea and Cake: Everybody

Everybody is the most rock-based album the Sea and Cake have made, but it still sounds modern, sophisticated, and ultra-cool.

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The Bluetones: The Bluetones

Veteran Brit-poppers release an excellent album filled with classic guitar pop.

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Elliott Smith: New Moon

The world of American pop is so much better for Elliott Smith. Can any of us who consider this an important thing get enough?

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Various Artists: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof

Hot women, a bad-ass villain, a pair of wickedly cool cars, snappy dialogue, and of course, killer tunes.

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7 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Benjamin Escoriza: Alevanta!

After listening to Alevanta! it's easy to think of this as the fifth Radio Tarifa album that never was.

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7 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tarwater: Spider Smile

Eight albums and 12 years into its partnership, the Berlin duo has crafted an almost ideal mix of organic and synthetic sound, pop tunefulness and electronic experiment, uneasy lyrics and body-moving rhythms.

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7 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Aufgehoben: Messidor

If Heaven is an eternity spent in the act of dying, Aufgehoben provide the soundtrack.

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Various Artists: The Kings of Reggae

The influences here are diverse and insinuate that reggae is a collaborative effort.

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Dark Meat: Universal Indians

On Universal Indians, Dark Meat uses over 30 players to make an album that's dense, loud, chaotic, and one of the best hidden gems of 2006.

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6 May 2007 // 11:04 PM

Xbxrx: Wars

Riff, time change, riff, time change, three-second drum solo, time change, riffriffriffriffriff, end.

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6 May 2007 // 11:03 PM

Linda Draper: Keepsake

A cozy, charming, and cerebral set from a gifted storyteller.

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Rope, Inc.: Songs Of Love & War

A seamless collection of not-quite-electronica, rather abstract, ambient, and interesting songs.

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Emmure: Goodbye to the Gallows

...And hello to the slaughterhouse!

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6 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Björk: Volta

Martial beats, brass orchestrations, and eclectic collaborations are the key elements of Björk's sixth album of outré electronic pop.

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Dimmu Borgir: In Sorte Diaboli

Dimmu Borgir pulls out all the stops on its first album in four years, and results are devilishly good.

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No More Kings: No More Kings

This is the sort of music that MTV thrives upon: music driven by pop culture, and full of style rather than substance.

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The Clientele: God Save the Clientele

Nothing less, but little more than you would expect from this consonant British band

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