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Q-Burns Abstract Message: Agave Nectar, Vol. 1: Q Burns Abstract Message Mix

A solid house music mix, Agave Nectar Volume 1 needs a little sugar to liven its sound up.

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2 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Peter Elkas: Wall of Fire

Fans of Sexsmith would lap up most of these songs, especially the roots-y “Sweet Nancy”.

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Chris Knight: The Trailer Tapes

Chris Knight writes the sort of songs Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen would kill for; well worth investigating -- even if you won't know where to file his music once you locate it.

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John Lee Hooker: The Best of Friends

Hooker and friends play blues for the NPR set.

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Robert Pollard: Silverfish Trivia

Uncle Bob is back, err, still around with Silverfish Trivia, his new, mostly disposable mini-LP.

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1 Apr 2007 // 10:03 PM

Uncut: Modern Currencies

A forerunner to bands like Tokyo Police Club, Uncut weaves pretty songs like "Dark Horse" with a darker, indie-rock rhythm.

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Robbers on High Street: The Fatalist and Friends

This four-song teaser EP shows us there's still some life left in these guys.

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1 Apr 2007 // 10:01 PM

Valorie Miller: Folk Star

Folk Star serves as the perfect reminder that you can never underestimate the power of an original voice.

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Slavic Soul Party: Teknochek Collision

Accordions and brass instruments came out and everyone bounced robustly around.

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Robert Gomez: Brand New Towns

Move over, Midlake. The drowsy relationship rock of Robert Gomez is supposed to be the next big thing out of Denton, Texas.

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Redman: Red Gone Wild: Thee Album

The Funk Doc can still flip metaphors and similes with the greatest of ease, but has Red gone wild enough?

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Kaito: Hundred Million Love Years

Separated from the beats that give these tracks their backbone, the end result is unsurprisingly flabby, essentially invertebrate.

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1 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Post Industrial Boys: Trauma

This is the music of a brave new world, where emotion is eliminated and only structure remains.

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Various Artists: Imagine the Shapes

What's Your Rupture? compiles their prior releases for a rollicking album full of infectious angst and giddy angularity.

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Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather

A messy, dark, and defiantly askew center exists at the core of the candy-coated pop-sweetness of Fountains of Wayne's songs -- which is what makes them such a recognizable take on American culture at its twisted best.

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Jonatha Brooke: Careful What You Wish For

A folk-pop chanteuse has her Liz Phair middle-aged moment -- trying to make plastic pop music and succeeding all too admirably

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Ferocious Eagle: The Sea Anemone Inside of Me Is Mighty

Apparently, the members of Ferocious Eagle can’t decide whether or not to be sonic minimalists. Sometimes, they seem to be focused on making bare-bones

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The Makes Nice: Candy Wrapper and Twelve Other Songs

The Makes Nice sound as if they’ve been listening to early British records by the Kinks and decided to mash them up with some Keith Moon drum rolls.

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Julie Sokolow: Something About Violins

Something About Violins is a beguiling lo-fi debut from a singer-songwriter whose lyrics can become strangely upsetting at times.

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Various Artists: EV Records presents: Everything

Yes, yes, y'all. And it don't stop. Chicago, Illinois, is in the house with a load of fresh rhymes and beats. And it goes a lil' somethin' like this…

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