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Various Artists: I Belong to This Band

When the Sacred Harp singing starts, the only option is to join in.

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3 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dinosaur Jr.: Beyond

Beyond is the sound of a sorely missed band's return to form. Make no mistake, these guys haven't sounded this good in 20 years.

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Cibo Matto: Pom Pom: The Essential Cibo Matto

Two Japanese women write songs about food, sample Duke Ellington, and set it all to sci-fi trip-hop beats. In other words: complete musical genius.

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Future Clouds and Radar: Future Clouds and Radar

Former Cotton Mather frontman goes for the gold with debut as Future Clouds and Radar.

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3 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Bebo Valdes: Bebo

Veteran exile Cuban pianist solo, reviving a whole history of Cuban piano music, and lively with a slightly less veteran violinist.

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Faber Drive: Seven Second Surgery

The debut from this Vancouver group has a shimmering, slick and glossy power pop/punk sound which is along the lines of Sum 41 and Simple Plan.

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Various Artists: Urban Africa Club

East, West, and South Africa represent on Urban Africa Club.

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Three5Human: A Swig from the Acid Bottle

Anyone who cares about music, especially as a force of change, is strongly encouraged to take a "swig" from Three5Human's choleric cocktail.

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2 May 2007 // 11:04 PM

Cold Bleak Heat: Simitu

Second album of improvised mayhem from four of free-jazz and out rock's most daringly skilled practictioners -- Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner -- breaks for unexpected moments of tranquility.

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Various Artists: Shifted Sounds Volume 1

A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.

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2 May 2007 // 11:02 PM

Jonny Virgo: Devils Brew

Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.

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The Voyces: Kissing Like Its Love

A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.

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2 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Donts: Inner El Camino

Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.

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2 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ra: Wxfdswxc

Ra successfully infuses his noisy, jittery compositions with a striking dose of actual funk and an occasionally bigbeat-esque level of rhythmic cohesion.

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Grave Digger: Liberty or Death

Just how many successful fourteenth albums can you name, anyway?

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Xiu Xiu: Remixed & Covered

Even in the hands of others, Xiu Xiu's music can still hurt so good.

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2 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81

BRMC gets back to its fuzzrock roots, but is that what we wanted?

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Tracey Thorn: Out of the Woods

Eight years after Everything but the Girl's last album, Thorn turns her domestic struggles into fine electronic/folk pop. Did Ewan Pearson produce your mom's record?

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Joan Armatrading: Into the Blues

While it's reassuring that Armatrading continues to write and record, it's doubtful that she'll earn any new fans strictly on the merits of this release.

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Jorma Kaukonen: Stars in My Crown

Old timers who remember Hot Tuna’s classic Quah will be overjoyed by the fact that Kaukonen’s still got it.

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