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Cut Chemist: The Audience’s Listening

"The DJ of the future is going to be a respected member of the community," drones what I imagine is Ward Cleaver with a buzz-cut and members of the topmost levels of the post-WWII military-industrial complex staring down at him through a forest of unforgiving floodlights.

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Shapes and Sizes: Shapes and Sizes

How much you like Shapes and Sizes is more likely to be linked to your tolerance for its idiosyncracies.

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Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche

Sufjan Stevens's warmed-up leftovers are more creative, engaging, sophisticated, beautiful, and simply better than what most other musical acts have to offer with their A-list material.

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The Country Teasers: The Empire Strikes Back

Give me your racist clichés, your sexual shibboleths, your unspeakable taboos and sacred cows yearning to break free...

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9 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dabrye: Two/Three

On his latest release, producer Dabrye delves further into underground hip-hop and gets by with a little help from his friends.

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9 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Priestess: Hello Master

This rip-roaring debut by the Montreal band just might have mainstream rock fans asking for their nickels back.

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9 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pedro Luis Ferrer: Natural

The album of an honest man, who works without tricks or promises or loud bangs.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Turntable Matinee

Dance your tears away while the steel guitar plays and the band finds its groove.

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Billy Talent: Billy Talent II

Yeah, but how will it play outside of the Vans Warped Tour and the malls of America?

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slaid Cleaves: Unsung

Slaid Cleaves comes up smelling like roses again with this album, even if he had nothing at all to do with writing any of the material here.

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Matthew Herbert: Scale

Herbert has created music that is thoroughly fresh and consistently challenging, and, in today's culture, that feat alone is enough to earn the album the heartiest of recommendations.

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Paul Oakenfold: A Lively Mind

A Lively Mind stutters slip-shod through its unoriginal sounds, even more disappointing as these are unoriginal even by Paul Oakenfold's standards.

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Ise Lyfe: Spread The Word

You know what they say, "Ain't no party like a Black Panther Party 'cause a Black Panther Party don't stop." Okay, nobody says that. But when you hear this poet/emcee's debut, you just might.

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Ice Cube: Laugh Now, Cry Later

Ice Cube's been livin' large off his gangsta boogie and movies like Boyz-N-the-Hood and Friday. So why does he want to be a "microphone master"?

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Glen Phillips: Mr. Lemons

The Toad the Wet Sprocket singer's third solo set is his most confident yet. Still, he can't help covering Huey Lewis.

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Wa-Zimba: Mande Wazy

The band members incorporate a host of world influences from free jazz and hip hop to techno and pop to Rai and raga into their repertoire. And on one song, "Sodine Key", I swear I could even hear echoes of Jerry Garcia jammin' country-style circa American Beauty.

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Talkdemonic: Beat Romantic

Talkdemonic's Beat Romantic fuses elements of classical composition with IDM, jazz beats, and thoughtfully placed organic filigree, making for a very lovely and engaging album of hypnotic melancholy and meditative bliss.

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6 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Thom Yorke: The Eraser

The Radiohead solo album delivers what it didn't know it promised.

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5 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Evangelicals: So Gone

The Evangelicals are making up their own sport, with the rules slowly coming along.

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5 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Enslaved: Ruun

Norway's ultimate late bloomers shed the black metal tag for something altogether more enthralling.

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"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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