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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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Grant-Lee Phillips: Nineteeneighties

It's a cover album, sure, but you really should spin this right round baby right round like a record something something something.

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5 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Trey Anastasio: Shine

Phish frontman drops the funk for classic PH-M rock sounds. 'Bout time.

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: Daybreak: Fainne An Lae

Danu singer steps out for a solo record that has several Celtic nuggets and a Richard Thompson cover to boot.

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Rhymefest: Blue Collar

Kanye's fanbase may have their Lacoste logos and expensive cellphones, but Rhymefest's "blue collar niggas" have soul.

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Takagi Masakatsu: Journal for People

The Kyoto artist and musician has amassed a body of work that has established its own language and imagery, and both are on display with this CD/DVD re-release.

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Big Bill Broonzy: Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953

This two-disc set succeeds both as art and artifact. Broonzy not only sings and plays well, his between song patter also functions to reveal the poisonous effect of racism in the United States at this time in history.

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Luka Bloom: Innocence

A lovely and pensive album, Innocence finds Irish-born singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist Luka Bloom in very fine form.

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Camille: Le Fil

As far as pseudo-a cappella experimental pop albums go, Le Fil is undeniably excellent.

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Disco Biscuits: The Wind at Four to Fly

Lovers of "bisco" are in for a treat. However, if you are no "bisco" aficionado, then this will be a no no.

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Nick Lachey: What’s Left of Me

BoyBand Alum/Celebrity/Ex-husband/Hunk makes an album about not getting It anymore. Ouch!

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bent Fabric: Jukebox

It's not perfect, but when you find yourself dancing without even realizing it, it doesn't need to be.

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Digweed: Transitions

The evolution of John Digweed continues.

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David Ford: I Sincerely Apologize For All The Trouble I’ve Caused

David Ford answers the hypothetical question: What would happen if Elvis Costello possessed James Taylor’s body?

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