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Chieftains: The Essential Chieftains

When it comes to Irish music, the Chieftains fit the "Essential" in this CD's title.

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11 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sofa Surfers: Sofa Surfers

Sofa Surfers expertly illuminate the dark side of a world with no easy answers -- and they do it with style.

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11 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Muallem: Frankie Splits

If this album gets into the right hands, Muallem could have a bright future as a beatmaker for the indie hip-hop world.

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0The Sound Dimension: Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1

The first collection to feature Studio One's house band will please collectors, but may baffle neophytes.

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Willie Big Eyes Smith: Way Back

He's not Muddy Waters, but a second line performer still performing, and people could be excused for supposing this standard of blues album impossible nowadays. But here 'tis!

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prototypes: Prototypes

The French electro-dance trio takes on America.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped

A graceful question-mark to round out the Geffen era for Sonic Youth.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ladyhawk: Ladyhawk

The latest in a rash of Neil Young-loving guitar heroes, these Black Mountain-affliated roots rockers spin fuzz-distorted tales of love and disappointment.

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Of Montreal: Deflated Chime, Foals Flower Sibylline Responses

With only two new tracks padded with a couple old favorites, this peculiar tour EP may be best examined as if it were a 7" single.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beans: Only

Like many previous attempts to mine similar territory, this meeting between Beans' avant-garde hip-hop and William Parker and Hamid Drake's avant-garde jazz is not the groundbreaking mash-up that it aspires to be.

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TV-Resistori: Serkut Rakastaa Paremmin

In its smart lumpiness, it has the same appeal as those ugly-adorable vinyl monster toys made for adult collectors.

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Billy Mackenzie: Transmission Impossible

Posthumous vault raiding has resulted in a gloomy but worthwhile collection from former Associates front man.

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Enablers: Output Negative Space

A muscular, adventurous rock record that grits its teeth, sticks a finger in your face and dares you to notice that the vocalist isn't singing.

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Christian Scott: Rewind That

Thinking about playing the trumpet? You might want to listen to Christian Scott first to be sure there's still room in the world of jazz for anyone else.

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Christina Milian: So Amazin

Supposedly, image is everything. What happens when your movie image clashes with your music image? Milian's latest gives us an exact estimation: it depends on how many people bought into those images.

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7 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Bottle Rockets: Zoysia

Even after 13 years, these alt-country lifers show no signs of slowing down.

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7 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Serena-Maneesh: Serena-Maneesh

People won't love Serena Maneesh for its melodies or lyrics, but rather the fact that it's the most confident debut to come out in a long time.

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Sir Douglas Quintet: Live from Austin, Texas

Doug Sahm died in 1999, but the 17 songs here reveal his charisma and considerable talents as a singer and guitar player.

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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 2

Who knew that free jazz's funkiest drumming and electronic music's warmest, most organic sounds were twins separated at birth?

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Jermiside & Brickbeats: The Red Giants

This is the tale of two men, a mic, and a turntable -- a classic story of emcee meets DJ, DJ makes tight beat, emcee displays mad skills. Jermiside & Brickbeats do more than tell the story -- they live it.

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