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John Doe: A Year in the Wilderness

Ex-X front man is in rugged, flame-throwing form, and the guest list -- Kathleen Edwards, Dave Alvin, Aimee Mann, Jill Sobule -- is stellar... This may be the best Doe solo album yet.

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21 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nick Drake: Family Tree

The latest album of Nick Drake's rare recordings is also the most heartfelt and interesting, painting the picture of a young man in love with the blues.

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Band Marino: The Sea And The Beas

The ebb and flow of the album is quite refreshing, making for a very good record from top to bottom.

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20 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

Slaraffenland: Private Cinema

Rock? Jazz? Post-rock? Improv? Danish band Slaraffenland is hard to categorize but easy to listen to.

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Colin Hay: Are You Lookin at Me?

It's his best (and probably one of the year's best singer/songwriter discs).

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Walker Kong: Deliver Us From People

Consider the album a cry of help from our animal friends -- but with an arena-rock slant.

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The Gilligans: Snoring With An Accent

Indie power pop supergroup falls a bit flat.

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Simian Mobile Disco: Attack Decay Sustain Release

Hyped-up UK dance duo delivers the goods: sweaty, dirty, catchy-as-hell strobelight fantasies that work more often than not.

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KRS-One & Marley Marl: Hip Hop Lives

Whether he's still "number one" is immaterial. What matters is that, after over two decades in hip-hop, KRS-One is here to say the culture is still alive. And that sound in his voice? That's pure joy.

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20 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Hello Lovers: Vanity Fair

Hello Lovers could be your ray of sunshine…or the cause of a severe headache. In any case, they have an accordion.

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Shapes and Sizes: Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

Shapes and Sizes reel in a number of disaparate styles and influences to create a complicated, yet cohesive, album rife with themes of despondency and abuse.

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20 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

amiina: Kurr

Originally formed as a string quartet to back up Sigur Rós, amiina gives us a debut even more ambient and instrumental than the band they usually support.

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Various Artists: Northern Stars: A Canadian Singers & Songwriters Collection

Is there someone out there thinking "if only I could find a CD that features both 'Complicated' by Avril Lavigne and Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne', my world would be complete?"

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Mark Soskin: One Hopeful Day

Straight up, and flying very right, if he was as high-profile as his playing is high-class, Mark Soskin would be famous even without Chris Potter at his very best, or John Patitucci, or Bill Stewart.

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Mansbestfriend: Poly.Sci.187

The latest installment in the recently repatriated, Anticon co-founder Sole’s Mansbestfriend project is entirely instrumental, and entirely disposable.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

KTL: Two

Like the first KTL album, 2 is comprised of lengthy pieces that reward only the most patient of listeners.

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Patrick Sweany: Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone

Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone captures the soulful drawl of this Rust Belt bluesman without losing any of his rock 'n' roll swagger.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Signal to Noise: Kodiak

Rock drenched in an upbeat stupor.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:01 PM

Oh No Not Stereo: Oh No Not Stereo

Emo band seeks to appeal to more current trends in music (see: Muse).

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Art Brut: Its a Bit Complicated

Talk-singer Eddie Argos and his art-pop indie rock quartet bring on the fun once again for their sophomore album.

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