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Thomas Brinkmann: Klick Revolution

Brinkmann says this is "the sound of Sisyphus playing pinball with a rolling stone", which means it is futile to make sense of this album, it is barely musical or listenable... but irresistably intriguing.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

The township dip-and-heave rhythm that runs through most of these tracks, sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly, unites them, making this one of the more coherent Rough Guides.

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Harry Connick, Jr.: Oh, My Nola

Pretty-boy crooner sees New Orleans as a rich stew, marked by cycles of life and death.

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Nobody: Revisions Revisions

Nobody has one foot in underground hip-hop, the other in dreamy psychedelic pop.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Glimmers: Fabriclive.31

Showcasing the breadth of a record collection does not necessarily make a great mix CD.

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ari hoenig: Inversations

Terrific players, don't relax for a minute, passion not minimalism, postbop kickingly alive.

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Ben Bowen King: Sidewalk Saints

My resident layman is American, and this is unmistakably an American album, so I turned to him for advice. “What do you think?” I asked

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Botch: Unifying Themes Redux

Formed in 1993 and disbanding just before the decade mark in 2002, Botch unfortunately met their demise just a few short years before metal would re-enter the

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The Pack: Skateboards 2 Scrapers

Musicians love to sing about (and sell) shoes! Skateboard hip-hop collective The Pack ride their debut EP right into the cement side of the hyphy, dirty, snappy, half pipe.

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Lovedrug: Everything Starts… EP

Lovedrug is frustrating to a critic, because they’re really hard to categorize.  They can wear the emo-rock mask as well as the Brit-born

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Echoes of Eternity: The Forgotten Goddess

Francine Boucher is going to be regarded as a metal goddess before long, which is no surprise, considering how the French Canadian-born singer happens to

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Lymbyc Systym: Love Your Abuser

The first full-length album from the brothers Bell—Jared and Michael—is ambient, expressive, emotional, and thoughtful without one word being spoken. Whether it is

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Deerhunter: Cryptograms

Deerhunter has skills that transcend the cheap shock value of its previous album, its members proving themselves equally adept at ambient, looped strums as they are at pleasing-if-barely-in-tune jangle pop.

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Slowtrainsoul: Santimanitay

On their sophomore album, the European duo tackle voodoo, soca, and hip-hop. But their trip-hop spell is strangely easy to break.

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sondre Lerche: Phantom Punch

With Phantom Punch, Norwegian idol Sondre Lerche completes his child-star arc.

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Keith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing

The Aussie pop-country crooner alternately plays it safe and stretches his musical boundaries on his latest, chart-topping release.

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Various Artists: Queer Noises 1961-1978

It must be said that Queer Noises brims with good intentions but most of these songs should have remained in the closet.

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tony DeSare: Last First Kiss

Tony DeSare’s songs rank up there with the all-time favorite jazz standards. His lush arrangements and captivating phrases stir the emotions.

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The Beyonders: Time Capsule

The concept ("we are futuristic emcees determined to save hip-hop") is cool, but the execution ("we're saving hip-hop by telling you we're saving hip-hop") could use some work.

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6 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

The Penny Loafers: Quicksand

This may be it -- this may be the album that puts the Penny Loafers back on track toward some serious national recognition.

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