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23 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Patti Smith: Twelve

Serious Patti Smith fans will no doubt be pleased, and people who enjoy covers records will likely find much to appreciate, as her conviction is apparent and her commitment is respectable.

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23 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

John Reuben: Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth , the fifth studio project from Columbus, Ohio’s John Reuben, finds the rapper continuing on a path toward sonic maturity. Reuben has

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Black Sabbath: The Dio Years

Ronnie James Dio's tenure in Black Sabbath was brief, but it resulted in some of the greatest songs in heavy metal history.

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23 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Detroit Cobras: Tied and True

If you crossed the Rolling Stones with the Ronnettes in Motown, you'd get some kick-ass Cobras.

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23 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Richie Barshay: Homework

A challenging percussionist, inspired by Indian music, moving through jazz to his own rhythmic fascination.

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23 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Geoff Berner: Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride

Vancouver's favorite accordion slinger draws on his ancestral roots to produce an album of irreverent klezmer punk wedding music.

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Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake: From the River to the Ocean

A Chicago jazz vet surrounds himself with an eclectic mix of avant-garde musicians and post-rock types.

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22 Apr 2007 // 11:05 PM

Phonograph: Phonograph

Brooklyn, New York's Phonograph adeptly weave electronic sounds, ambient textures and fine layers of production together with a folk rock shuffle.

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22 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

Justine Electra: Soft Rock

Australian-born, Berlin resident, Justine Electra has been a fixture on the German underground tek-house scene for the last few years.

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Jenny Owen Youngs: Batten the Hatches

Jenny Owen Youngs has a different musical take on things, and it's a very refreshing one.

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Frivolous: Midnight Black Indulgence

Seemingly as unsure of what it's trying to accomplish as we are of what to do with it.

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John D. Loudermilk: The Open Mind of John D. Loudermilk

A fantastic-sounding reissue of one of the most original songwriters in 1960s Nashville, who penned hits for Johnny Cash and Paul Revere and the Raiders.

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Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare

Although lacking the pop of their debut, these UK indie rockers continue to evolve, turning out a strong batch of thorny songs on their sophomore album.

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22 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Static-X: Cannibal

The bitch is back. Static-X puts the pedal back to the metal on their fifth album.

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Various Artists: Bargrooves Black Vol. 2

The second installment of the Bargrooves Black establishes early on an entirely conventional "groove" sound – soul-infused, low-tempo House seasoned with varying degrees of electro, disco, tech. You know, the usual.

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Vusi Mahlasela: Guiding Star

Though its 16 tracks vary in subject, style, and dynamic, each seems to be an unadulterated cry from Mahlasela's soul.

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The Blow: Poor Aim: Love Songs

With this reissue of a 2004 EP, the Blow shows us where it has been and where it is going, and the results are surprisingly solid.

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22 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Pela: Anytown Graffiti

Pela are a self-styled "American" rock and roll band, with Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements, Wilco, and the Hold Steady as guiding influences.

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22 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Pat Martino: El Hombre

A lovely Rudy Van Gelder-remastered reissue of the great guitarist's solo debut, a 1967 date with organ, flute, and speed

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19 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

All Smiles: Ten Readings of a Warning

All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".

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