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13 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

brakesbrakesbrakes: The Beatific Visions

The Brighton-based rockers’ newest release has fleshed out the aching melodies only hinted at previously, and kept the laughable political-punk stabs.

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13 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

If you're prone to confusing honest musical maturity with banality, then you'll surely miss out on the treasures of Sky Blue Sky.

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Big D and the Kids Table: Strictly Rude

Ska, ska and more ska is the theme for Beantown-based Big D & The Kids Table.

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Ned Goold: March of the Malcontents

Very nice backing trio, serialist but sonorous saxophonist

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The New Rags: Take Jennie to Brooklyn

The "ragtime" influence may be a bit of a hoax, but that doesn't stop the New Rags from crafting some energetic pop.

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11 May 2007 // 3:04 AM

Adult.: Why Bother?

An aptly titled new electronica album from the Detroit duo, Adult.

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Skeletonwitch: Worship the Witch

Cleveland, Ohio's Skeletonwitch is hugely indebted to the classic European thrash metal of the late 1980s.

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Lillydale: The Art Of Becoming Ones Own Shadow

Lillydale have returned with an album that is precious, sparse, gorgeous and damn near any other adjective that is positive.

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Antennas to Heaven: The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland

Here’s to a debut album that only wants to live up to its influences, which it does in spades.

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Blue Line Highway: Life In A Minor Key

Rooted in folk yet with subtle pop overtones.

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Charlie Rich: The Essential Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich’s mastery of a range of styles was almost like Ray Charles in reverse, and as Tom Waits once sang, “The radio’s spitting out Charlie Rich…He sure can sing, that son of a bitch”.

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Golden Smog: Blood on the Slacks

Slight in new material, Blood on the Slacks is a compelling argument that Golden Smog's members should make the band their main priority. Give us some more, boys!

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Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen

The king of lit-rock's three earliest -- and most permanent -- albums receive a deluxe repackaging.

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This is for all the people who never asked, "Where's DJ Jazzy Jeff?"

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Charlotte Gainsbourg: 5: 55

She might have enlisted the services of Air and Jarvis Cocker, but Charlotte Gainsbourg's first album in 21 years is even more indebted to the music of her parents.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold

The Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold manages to be a solid contribution to a swelling genre without ever feeling like an essential disc.

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10 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Radical Face: Ghost

Ben Cooper, ex of Electric President, warms up his old band's glitch-acoustic style, adds a raucous clatter of drums and makes maybe the best summer pop song of the year in "Welcome Home."

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10 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Schneider TM: Škoda Mluvit

The third full-length from German producer Schneider TM achieves a fevered pitch of bustling electronica, but often sacrifices simple pop objectives along the way.

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The Innocence Mission: We Walked in Song

Kids and death continue to calm (and inspire) the husband-and-wife duo of Karen and Don Peris on their follow-up to 2004’s album of lullabies.

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9 May 2007 // 11:04 PM

Efterklang: Under Giant Trees

Gorgeous, minimal orchestral compositions from this sophisticated Danish group of musicians

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