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27 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Various: Black Snake Moan

The soundtrack of Craig Brewer's latest film is a solid selection of old and new blues music, though Samuel Jackson's vocals suggest he shouldn't think about quitting his day job anytime soon.

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27 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Emily Grogan: At Sea

Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.

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27 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Various Artists: Stones Throw: Ten Years

The Stones Throw label seems like a slightly scratched vintage jazz record. The songs skip sometimes to create snippets rather than complete compositions, but once the needle hits the groove -- well, you know the rest.

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26 Mar 2007 // 10:04 PM

Lucky Soul: Aint Never Been Cool

1950s girl-group pop gets a modern-day reworking on the delightful title track of the UK pop group Lucky Soul's three-song Ain't Never Been Cool EP.

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The One AM Radio: This Too Will Pass

While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.

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Dragon or Emperor: Dragon or Emperor

Dragon or Emperor's deft rage evokes the sound of a Pere Ubu v Back Door arm-wrestle.

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Kokolo: More Consideration

Kokolo, although ardent worshippers at Fela Kuti’s afrobeat altar, inject elements from their New York surroundings into More Consideration.

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26 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

These Arms Are Snakes: Easter

Overall, Easter manages to be These Arms Are Snakes' strongest statement.

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26 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Stooges: The Weirdness

Legendary proto-punk band led by Iggy Pop reunites after 30 years and makes a record with the help of Steve Albini and Mike Watt.

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31Knots: The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere

31Knots somehow hone their craft by expanding their palate, creating an album you need to hear, even if they didn’t get their break on MySpace.

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26 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Amiina: Seoul

Fragile, and twee to the point of nothingness, it’s sweet without being sugary, but unfortunately acts like a constant appetizer in a meal where the main dish never appears.

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26 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Erie Choir: Slighter Awake

Chapel Hill indie rockers forgo bells and whistles and rely on the quality of the songwriting to woo their listeners on this debut record.

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Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob

Unfortunately, the Kaiser Chiefs' second LP is summed up most concisely by one of its own tracks: "Everything Is Average Nowadays". Indeed it is, including the world of mainstream British rock.

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Memphis: A Little Place in the Wilderness

Torquil Campbell, the lead singer of the Canadian pop group Stars, fails to replicate the band’s dreamy soundscapes on the second effort from his fledgling side project.

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Young Galaxy: Swing Your Heartache

Young Galaxy is the latest signing of Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, made well known now by their first signing, Broken Social Scene.

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25 Mar 2007 // 10:04 PM

Wayne Hancock: Tulsa

Wayne "the Train" Hancock is back with a honky-tonk country stew that'll have you hoisting a cold one in joyous salute to the "King of Juke-Joint Swing".

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The Exeter Popes: Snow, Mountain, Geisha

The second EP from Brooklyn, Nw York's the Exeter Popes is a study in maximizing opportunities.

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Little Brazil: Tighten The Noose

Many of these songs hit all the right spots at exactly the right times.

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Mika: Life in Cartoon Motion

Mika's natural affinity for pop songwriting and his impressive vocal talent ensures that he will be noticed even without the obvious influences that populate Life in Cartoon Motion.

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Elton John: Rocket Man: Number Ones

Without a doubt, Elton John is a rocket man who is still in ship shape.

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