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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Damon Albarn's new project crackles with life and melody throughout. It might be as grubby and mysterious as the London it evokes, but it's also as animated and vibrant as the streets around Portobello Market it comes from.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tahiti 80: Fosbury

Parisian retro-pop: a little disco, a little Bacharach, a dash of '60s bubblegum melodicism -- a lot of fey contrivance.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mamadou Diabate: Heritage

Second album of virtuosic fusions of African and American song forms from this Malian native.

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Saliva: Blood Stained Love Story

Obvious feeling redeems a thoroughly cliched backdrop on Saliva's fifth album.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Alkaline Trio: Remains

Alkaline Trio serves up a collection of b-sides, rarities and live tracks, converting new fans and giving old stalwarts something to recharge their batteries.

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The Trolleyvox: Present the Karaoke Meltdowns

The Trolleyvox, a band of Philly mainstays now three albums into their power pop run, cut achingly sweet power pop with muscle and intelligence. They

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:02 PM

Paleo: Paleos Song Diary

If your MP3 player needs padding, you can’t do better than take a stroll through indie songster Paleo’s website, and his project to

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Damn Arms: Patterns EP

Snap! Crakk!, now reincarnated and relocated (from Melbourne to Sydney) as Damn Arms, fits so easily into the Klaxons-led punk-dance scene you may suspect a

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Stranglers: Suite XVI

The Stranglers have renewed their maverick approach, sounding as creative and enthused as ever before. Now 30 years into their recording history, the "Meninblack" are back.

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Knife: The Knife

Early work from last year's Gothic synth sensation the Knife shows the potential and the weaknesses you'd expect from any debut-sophomore pairing.

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T. Raumschmiere: Random Noize Sessions Vol.1

It may be quieter in execution but is no less dangerous in temperament than previous Raumschmiere releases.

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Gang Starr: Mass Appeal: The Best of Gang Starr

Gang Starr's populist, universal style of hip-hop emulates the daily operations of city life.

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John Holt: I Cant Get You Off My Mind

If you haven't yet checked out this collection of Holt's Studio One, pre-Volt highlights and you have even a passing interest in reggae, read on.

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Nickel Creek: Reasons Why

Tasty tracks from three spectacular newgrass albums, plus videos and live music.

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Justin Rutledge: The Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park

With help from some of the finer Canadian roots rock/alt. country artists behind him (members of Blue Rodeo and Oh Susanna), Justin Rutledge seems

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eric Bibb: Diamond Days

Bibb redefines the blues by weaving stories from life’s experience and putting a positive spin on them.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff: Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 3

One of hip-hop's favorite deejays mixes a winner.

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French Toast: Ingleside Terrace

Between the two of them, French Toast founders Jerry Busher and James Canty have been in a half dozen highly regarded DC post punk bands,

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Hall of Justus: Soldiers Of Fortune

Hall of Justus, otherwise known as the Justus League, is a team of up-and-coming rappers and producers from North Carolina who have been lingering on

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The Broken West: I Cant Go On, Ill Go On

The artists formerly known as the Brokedown release a debut album which draws heavily on Brian Wilson-era psych pop with hints of '90s alt-rock.

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