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28 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Wiggle: Fabric28

There's very little pretense on display here, not a lot of flashy segues or signature tracks, just a fine dance mix that satisfies on many levels.

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The Wood Brothers: Ways Not To Lose

The Wood Brothers have just a guitar, upright bass and a few other instruments to their name. But don't tell them they can't sound like Muddy Waters and Hank Williams on the same album.

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Dr. Octagon: The Return of Dr. Octagon

While The Return of Dr. Octagon is better than anything Kool Keith's done in a while, it's still not close to the level of the classic Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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Julie Roberts: Men and Mascara

Rich with melody and dark with possibilities, Julie Roberts' voice has a depth and a reach that cannot be denied.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae has the right ingredients but the wrong recipe on debut.

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Nick Castro and the Young Elders: Come Into Our House

Oud, saz, mbira, tabla drums... a UN yard sale? Nope, another world-spanning album from Nick Castro.

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27 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slobberbone is no more. 'Twas a good band, but three-quarters of Slobberbone are back in The Drams for some dram good and appealing Americana numbers.

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27 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Rye Coalition: Curses

It's been five years in the making . . . was it worth the wait?

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El Da Sensei: The Unusual

El drops rhymes with wisdom that could only be gained through years of experience.

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Matthias Lupri Group: Metalix

Stunning vibist, ambitious composer, high-grade quintet in a meditative, almost mystical, extended work.

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27 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Evil Nine: Fabriclive 28

Evil Nine works some wicked magic on Fabric's latest compilation of nightclub party grooves.

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26 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lord Jamar: The 5% Album

Lord Jamar, actor and Brand Nubian alumnus, shows there's more to hip-hop than jewelry and tomfoolery.

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Henson Cargill: A Very Well Travelled Man

A 27-track collection from Henson Cargill, most of which you wouldn't recognize except for "Skip a Rope". The baritone singer does have his moments though.

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26 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Run Chico Run: Slow Action

Another solid album by the one Victoria, BC band you probably haven't heard about.

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26 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kraak & Smaak: Boogie Angst

The breaks-influenced Dutch trio blend jazzy rhythms, breaks and a retro, diva vocal vibe into a pleasant, light mix.

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Daniel Smith: Be Bop Bassoon

Even the thorough application of this great bassoonist, with as good a threesome as could reasonably be hoped for, can not establish serious claim for bassoon as a versatile horn in jazz. "Birk's Works" is nonetheless lovely... music not to laugh at, but smile with!

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Various Artists: The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson

The real question is whether the latest effort to honor the legendary songwriter is any good. The simple answer is yes.

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26 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Four Tet: DJ Kicks

Insomuch as Kieran Hebden's sound is unassailably unique, his DJ Kicks is also a rather indescribable experience.

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Irving: Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers

An album full of worthy successors to the pop rock legacy of The Cars. All in all, a pitch perfect soundtrack to summer.

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India.Arie: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

On her third album, Arie becomes glazed with easy listening grooves, but inevitably pulls through with soul and introspection.

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