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21 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Tia Fuller: Healing Space

Now here's something to get excited about: a young flutist and saxophonist with a knack for enchanting compositions and a passion to inspire listeners.

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21 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

The Exploding Hearts: Shattered

A necessary, bittersweet compilation from the gone-too-soon power pop/punk kings of Portland.

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21 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

The Heights: Bad News

On this five-song EP, British band the Heights inject a blunt, beefed-up, American sensibility to the indie rock animal created by the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys. Too bad the band are a year or two behind the curve.

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Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers: Specialty Profiles

These 14 tracks Sam Cooke recorded as lead singer with the Soul Stirrers preceded the great tenor’s forays into the pop arena, but the bulk

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The Young Knives: Voices of Animals and Men

Attempting to break out across the pond, it's still up in the air whether or not The Young Knives will sink or swim.

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Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City

A Weekend in the City is the type of album made by bands that aren't quite sure where to go for their second statement to the world, after their first statement is received with almost universal acclaim.

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Mike Dillons Go-Go Jungle: Battery Milk

Despite evidence to the contrary, Mike Dillon is ready for prime time; he just might not realize it.

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21 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mahogany: Connectivity!

If you thought that dream-pop was dead, or even sick, Mahogany do their hazy atmospheric best to keep the dream alive.

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Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death

It is pop, it is rock, it is modern, it is primitive, it is familiar, it is fresh, and all of these things at once!

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Toni Braxton: The Essential Toni Braxton

There is no excuse for the fact that The Essential Toni Braxton is the fourth hits compilation to come from Arista, Braxton’s first label and the company for which she released four of her five albums.

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Faux Pas: Entropy Begins At Home

Electronic beats begin from down under and circle the globe, gaining speed with Melbourne maestro Faux Pas's first full length album.

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Various Artists: Freshly Composted Vol. 2

Started in Munich, Germany 13 years ago by Michael Reinboth, Compost Records quickly developed into what superstar DJ Gilles Peterson described as "the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe".

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Fern Knight: Music for Witches and Alchemists

Fern Knight play a vibrant British-influenced folk that sounds like all their clocks stopped dead some time between 1972, when Scottish singer Shelagh McDonald became an

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Various Artists: Om: Chilled

San Francisco-based Om Records has released a lot of quality downtempo electronica and chillout house music over the years, especially on its “Mushroom Jazz” and “

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Dredg: Live at the Fillmore

As far as live albums go, it’s fairly rare for a release to reach the status of a How the West Was Won or

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Various Artists: The Ultimate Stupido Sampler (Before the Next One)

Helsinki’s Stupido is an independent pop label with a roster of bands who perform in English and Finnish. On this sampler we get to

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Four Letter Lie: Let Your Body Take Over

Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt

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Southern Culture on the Skids: Countrypolitan Favorites

This SCOTS curveball, an ode to Nashville's countrypolitan sound, actually makes a ton of sense.

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Elisabeth Withers: It Can Happen to Anyone

Dear Oprah, I know you're busy. But you should start a music club. And I know which CD you should select first.

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Eyeless in Gaza: Plague of Years

Plague of Years proves itself to be a frustrating, difficult... ultimately pointless listen.

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