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Beneath the Sky: What Demons Do To Saints

Beneath the Sky's first effort isn't quite there yet.

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Vieux Farka Touré: Vieux Farka Touré

The son of the late Ali Farka Touré carries forth the sound of his father's Malian desert blues on this remarkably assured debut.

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The Bad Hand: This Is No Time for Modesty

A much admired set of mostly sonata-form punk, plus phone-tap, plus a respectable track of fiddle/guitar. Issued on white vinyl!

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Ed Pettersen: The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen

Don't call your album "The New Punk Blues" if you don't mean it -- this is alt.country.folk all the way.

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Dead Voices on Air: From Labrador to Madagascar

Though discordance and dread are Dead Voices on Air trademarks, the best moments on From Labrador to Madagascar are the pretty ones.

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Can Joann: Hurt People Hurt People

An album of cool grooves partly created and recorded in a 19th century North Carolina farmhouse.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Angra: Aurora Consurgens

If there’s one place that continues to have an insatiable hunger for ‘80s metal 20 years after the fact, it’s Brazil, something we can

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Charles Tolliver Big Band: With Love

A modern big band comes out punching.

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Gym Class Heroes: As Cruel As School Children

MTV loves these guys, and why not? They're quirky, energetic, and offer an easy-to-swallow version of alternative hip-hop for the kids of today.

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Various Artists: 8-Bit Operators

An entire generation weaned on Nintendo and the Commodore 64 is coming into its own right now... and building symphony halls of its nostalgia.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lucinda Williams: West

In her search for something "mature yet hip", Williams seems to have forgotten that there's nothing more mature, more hip, or indeed more totally happening than the magic that occurs when she plays country. Pedal steel guitar and all.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Xzibit: Full Circle

With nary a bad track in sight, Full Circle may just catapult Xzibit into the upper tier of high-profile rappers on the scene today.

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Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Putting a new spin on an old formula doesn't always make for an improvement on that formula.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tango Jointz: Palermo Nuevo

An uninspired fusion of Argentinean tango and downtempo electronica.

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Greg Friedman: Souls of Passing Feet

Baltimore resident Greg Friedman is a singer-songwriter. There isn’t much sense in him trying to be something he’s not. Think of him as

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The Lovely Sparrows: Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

The Lovely Sparrows seem to be another (potentially) great band that's taking the one-toe-in-the-water-at-a-time approach to recording.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Piebald: Accidental Gentleman

Piebald plays a jocular brand of power-pop full of faux-rock riffs and adorable lyrics. The band exploded onto the emo-punk scene in 1999 with their memorably-titled

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The Twilight Singers: A Stitch in Time

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan fans waiting for the duo’s Gutter Twins release get a little teaser on A Stitch in Time. A lead-off

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Peter Bjorn and John: Writers Block

An album of triumphantly appealing tunes about love -- and yeah, there's that song "Young Folks", too -- from indie pop outfit Peter Bjorn and John

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Thomas Brinkmann: Klick Revolution

Brinkmann says this is "the sound of Sisyphus playing pinball with a rolling stone", which means it is futile to make sense of this album, it is barely musical or listenable... but irresistably intriguing.

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