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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The National: Boxer

Brooklyn's band of brothers spins dark, sardonic songs about love and life, adorned with orchestral flourishes and aching with romantic desperation... an early bid for album of the year.

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Machine Head: The Blackening

A true comeback album among the best, molten riffs and tricky melodies herald the arrival of The Blackening.

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The Dexateens: Hardwire Healing

Alabama country-punks the Dexateens still sound hell-bent and ornery on this, their strongest album so far, albeit in a more mature, reflective, back-porch sort of way.

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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Robin English: Robin English

Country newcomer Robin English seems to fall in line with other female roots-oriented musicians like Patty Griffin. But there is also a slickness to some

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Various Artists: The Road Mix: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Vol. 3

Music for a trip from Carolina to Texas and back again. Play this CD 32 times straight and say, "There's no place like Tree Hill…There's no place like Tree Hill…"

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Various Artists: Folk Music for the End of the World

If today was the end, you could do worse to listen to this compilation.

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Muhal Richard Abrams / George Lewis / Roscoe Mitchell: Streaming

Most music—even the most liberated improv—relies on signposts, points of reference by which the listener can navigate their way through the sound and

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17 May 2007 // 11:02 PM

Two Cow Garage: III

Two Cow Garage unfortunately remains a mostly one-trick pony in their energetic but mostly monotonous third album.

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Mighty Fairly: Perfectly Good Airplanes

Sunny California pop, say hello to catchy Midwestern rock! This trio from Minneapolis has ample chops and a knack for creating shimmering pop songs that

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Ella Fitzgerald: The Very Best of the Cole Porter Songbook

Abridged versions of Fitzgerald’s songbooks don’t translate to an iTunes world.

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Throbbing Gristle: Part Two: The Endless Not

It was 1982 when Throbbing Gristle last released an album of new material. It is now 25 years after that. Of course they sound a bit different.

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Megadeth: United Abominations

The arsenal of Megadeth has been fully reloaded on the thrash greats' finest album in years.

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17 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dntel: Dumb Luck

Having been given the unexpected opportunity to make a definitive statement as a solo artist, Jimmy Tamborello shrinks away from the spotlight.

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17 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Chevelle: Vena Sera

Chevelle should follow their own advice to leave "Well Enough Alone"; their fourth album scrapes to the bottom of the barrel.

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Betty Davis: Betty Davis / They Say I’m Different

Funk's first feminist Betty Davis resurfaces.

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Biréli Lagréne: Djangology / To Bi or Not to Bi

Two more sides of the guitar ace, for versatile listeners.

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Astrid Williamson: Day of the Lone Wolf

Williamson bodies forth sounds that haunt rather than overwhelm the somber quiet of ordinary landscapes. It sets her apart from pop's upstarts.

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16 May 2007 // 11:05 PM

Eccodek: Voices Have Eyes

He's such a good electronic producer that he shouldn't need a day job

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Royal American: Dont Waste Water

What happens when you mix Brooklyn and New Orleans? If Royal American is any indication, you get 22 minutes worth of good ole’ fashioned rock music

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16 May 2007 // 11:03 PM

Israel Quellet: Oppressum

Oppressum is rabidly, proudly, pretentiously, and maddeningly anti-pop. As a “noise” composition, this debut full-length from Swiss-born experimenter Israel Quellet indulges in all manner of

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