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18 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Takeshi Nashimoto: Monologue

Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.

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Sleeping in the Aviary: Oh, This Old Thing?

Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.

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The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army

You could put as many strings, horns, flutes and theremins as you'd like on these songs, and they'd still be pop songs, with glorious, ingratiating pop hooks.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Burning Brides: Hang Love

Likeable but bound in mediocrity, Burning Brides continue their part-brooding, part-melodic shtick on Hang Love, a release of confused aims and contrived sentiment.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Capital Steps: Im Not Listening

A clumsy lob back to an early '90s sound.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Watain: Sworn to the Dark

Want to hear arguably the finest black metal album of 2007? Just follow the stench...

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Mooney Suzuki: Have Mercy

The Mooney Suzuki used to be one of the best bands around -- but this isn't the Mooney Suzuki you know and love.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Glint: Mode to Joy

while Glint's humble, nice-guy act is a bit refreshing in an industry dominated by ego, the band would truly soar if it removed the shackles of its own making and just careened in every direction.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Thomas Dybdahl: Science

Dybdahl attempts to win over the US with his gentle, subtle Norwegian pop

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Various Artists: Interpretations

On this compact, efficient compilation, the most successful soul band of the '70s is given their due by an impressive collection of today’s top R&B musicians.

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Shout Out Louds: Tonight I Have to Leave It EP

Lead single from the band's new album, Our Ill Wills, shows them taking a decidedly more lush turn on their brand of pop, with very strong results.

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17 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

Wintersleep: Untitled

Evoking the grandeur of Jeff Buckley in spots and the precision of Rush in other.

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17 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Nathan Oliver: Nathan Oliver

Due to its brevity, Nathan Oliver feels a bit like a lengthy, unedited EP, but the power of its best tracks offers a welcome punch.

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17 Jun 2007 // 11:01 PM

Speaker Speaker: We Wont March

Speaker Speaker’s latest EP contains a lot of bounce and pop.

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17 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Alvin Batiste: Alvin Batiste

The recently late New Orleans clarinetist in a jubilant, unpretentious set.

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The White Stripes: Icky Thump

If you've ever heard a White Stripes song you liked, you will like Icky Thump.

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17 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Clinic: Funf

The album title isn't a typo. The extra F is for frustrating.

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Spanking Charlene: Dismissed With A Kiss

Band combines attitude with ovaries to produce a completely ordinary debut album.

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Deniece Williams: Love, Niecy Style

The problem with albums composed of material that’s already been recorded and released by someone else is this: much of the material is so identifiable with another artist that these new versions sound like well-produced karaoke.

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17 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Le Pop 4

A Gigi of an album: a voluptuous and innocent charmer from France.

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