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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Comas: Spells

On Spells, the Comas put a bit more power in their pop, making not only their most rockin' album yet, but also their best.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dondolo: Dondolisme

Dondolo serves up a funky buffet of skippy trippy beats served with blasts and pulses of creative sonic shine and shimmer... perfect French synth-pop and electrofunk.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Praxis: Tennessee 2004

An auditory snapshot of supergroup/jam band/fusion fiends Praxis and their live set at Bonnaroo, Tennessee 2004 may arguably be one of the best live albums released this century.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Ed Rec Vol. 2

Label comp from the guys who gave us Justice and SebastiAn try to show they're the new faces of French House, dirty electro sheen, and all.

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Various Artists: Johnny Greenwood Is the Controller

Greenwood's selection from and interpretation of reggae's varied journeys around the world is successful, largely because it invites us to move beyond the surface mainstream to take a closer look at what is often overlooked.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ne-Yo: Because of You

R&B singer/songwriter comes close to perfection while defining the antithesis of a sophomore slump.

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Charles Davis: Land of Dreams

Veteran individual jazz saxophonist is -- and delivers -- the real thing: empathy with a trio so able he might have been keeping it to himself. The opposite of half-hearted.

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Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love: Ends of June

The fragile bedroom pop on the band’s second album is relaxed, compelling, and down-to-earth -- no freak in this folk.

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6 Jun 2007 // 1:03 AM

Somi: Red Soil in My Eyes

Red Soil is worth checking out, even if soft jazz is not usually your thing.

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Filthy Thieving Bastards: Im a Son of a Gun

A California band with a distinctly Dublin sound.

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6 Jun 2007 // 1:01 AM

Graig Markel: Via Novella

Graig Markel’s latest album is a layered affair but isn’t too rich for one’s palette.

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Satanicpornocultshop: .aiff Skull

The .aiff Skull EP is little more than a vaguely interesting means to a massive headache.

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Dan Deacon: Spiderman of the Rings

Dan Deacon manages to lure in his audience with his strange, raucous brand of electro-pop and induce them to sway, leap, and even shout along with him.

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5 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Xavier Rudd: White Moth

A surprisingly mellow follow-up to Rudd's 2005 Food in the Belly.

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Various Artists: Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash

This tribute album is graced by performances that are faithful to the root and spirit of June Carter Cash's musical style while breathing in just enough new life to keep any version from seeming like a retread.

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5 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Joe: Aint Nothin Like Me

Joe only embarrasses himself on an occasional basis, preferring instead to (for the most part) musically comport himself in the way a man in his mid-30s should.

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5 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Client: Heartland

On album number three, the ultra-chic Brit synthpop girls have a new Client in tow. They're still not taking your phone calls.

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The Cowboy Junkies: At the End of Paths Taken

Paths is as thorny and varied as its main theme: the idea of family.

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In This Moment: Beautiful Tragedy

On the Orange County band's debut, lead singer Maria Brink puts a welcome, fresh spin on a very tired sound.

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4 Jun 2007 // 11:05 PM

Mystery Jets: Diamonds in the Dark

This single feels like a grab at mainstream from a band that promises more than that.

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