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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Boy Kill Boy: Civilian

Have you had enough of '80s new wave yet? No? Well, then, Boy Kill Boy may have just the catchy hooks to tide you over until the new Killers album drops.

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Patricia Barber: Mythologies

Jazz pianist, vocalist, and writer Patricia Barber plays it too cool on the overly restrained Mythologies.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sam Roberts: Chemical City

Take Dylan's scratchy vocals, channel it through Springsteen's pop grandeur, and throw some of Lennon's psychedelia on for good measure... but Chemical City still manages to disappoint with those ingredients.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edgar Meyer: Edgar Meyer

The classical bassist with a woodsy bent indulges his inner folkie by overdubbing mandolin, dobro, guitar, piano, and gamba in a series of pastoral tone poems.

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The Goldstars: Purple Girlfriend

When you think of Chicago, garage rock doesn’t come to mind, but the Goldstars mix a bit of soul and Booker T. into the

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Clouds Forming Crowns: Race To The Blackout

No more GBV? Don’t worry dear people, you still have Pollard! And you also have Clouds Forming Crowns -- a shaggy, ragged and at time joyous offshoot of what once was GBV.

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Drift Yellow Swans: Drift Yellow Swans

Bay Area noise duo Yellow Swans’ latest is, as ever, released under a new band name in their ongoing attempt to confound record store attempts

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22 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Over The Atlantic: Junica

New Zealand laptop/guitar pop duo craft Postal Service-like ballads that flow a little too smoothly by

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22 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Maino: King of the City

Keeping it gully is so important to Brooklyn rapper Maino that on “Paper Gangster” he actually says, “you rap / that ain’t that hard to

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Jandek: What Else Does the Time Mean

What Else Does the Time Mean is wonderful for those who appreciate Jandek's form of anti-music, and utterly impenetrable for the uninitiated.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cursive: Happy Hollow

Omaha postpunkers get political, bring the horns, on 14 "hymns for the heathen".

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cheikh Lô: Lamp Fall

Mostly sunny, while still retaining the bite of musicians playing with intensity, and well-produced without any gimmickry, Lamp Fall is at the top of the Afro-pop ranks.

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Ben Watt: Buzzin Fly Volume III

On his annual mix, Watt features more of the chill but often chilly deep house that's made Buzzin' Fly's name -- and staves off a 'challenge', too.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

SCSI-9: The Line of Nine

This is fine, technically precise production quality from a Moscow scene that shows much promise.

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Various Artists: Live at KEXP, Vol. 2

KEXP fundraising compilation delivers quality performances from some of indie rock's hottest talents...but takes very few chances.

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The Lovekill: These Moments Are Momentum

The gritty, seedier side of power punk... straight out of Cleveland.

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Controlling the Famous: Automatic City

Sadly, the story of how the album title came to be is more interesting than the music itself.

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Carina Round: Slow Motion Addict

The UK singer-songwriter continues to find her own voice on the follow-up to the impressive The Disconnection.

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Test Icicles: The Dig Your Own Grave EP

The epilogue to the band with the ridiculous name is an engaging enough remix EP.

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Substance Abuse: Overproof

While Substance Abuse have something to say, they may need a little more than flow to do it right.

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