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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jonny Lang: Turn Around

Who knew that his music would get better with time, or that he'd prove himself not only as a talented guitarist, but as a solid songwriter and vocalist?

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Artimus Pyledriver: Artimus Pyledriver

An album like this should leave us happier than a hog knee-deep in slop, but instead, we realize we're surrounded by nothing but, well ... slop.

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19 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Finches: Six Songs EP

Simple but assured, this EP sets the stage for a promising career from the Finches.

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19 Sep 2006 // 9:00 PM

Radio Birdman makes welcome return -- and reminds us why rock 'n' roll has survived for half a century -- on Zeno Beach.

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The Meeting Places: Numbered Days

It sounds like a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Byrds.

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Innerstance.Beatbox: Tekniques EP

On this teaser EP, Innerstance.Beatbox provides an eclectic array of beats to give a complex taste of what he has to offer.

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19 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Kad: Société

You can thake the French ex-pat out of his home, but you can't take the home out of his music.

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19 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Pants Yell!: Recent Drama

Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.

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The Cardigans: Super Extra Gravity

The Cardigans' welcome return to form finally gets an American release.

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Arling & Cameron: Hi-Fi Underground

The po-faced genre-jumbling that is supposed to enliven this record has already been done better, and somewhat fresher, recently.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: Fading Trails

Good songs culled from four different sessions for four different albums makes Magnolia's latest scatterbrained and unsatisfying.

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18 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jim Noir: Tower of Love

Tower of Love hums with 60s pop brilliantine and childhood nostalgia, its easy grace and catchy melodies difficult to resist

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18 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pretty Flowers: Pretty Flowers

Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.

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Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials: Rattleshake

An heir to the so-called "reincarnation of Elmore James", Ed Williams, A1 blues slide guitarist, rocks blues in a strong little combo -- live!

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18 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell wrote songs for the New Cars. They said no. He kept them. And they're head and shoulders above anything Elliott Easton and Todd Rundgren brought to their Version 2.0 table.

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Chris Smither: Leave the Light On

Smither's songs, his singing, and his playing make this a wonderful acoustic folk and blues album.

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18 Sep 2006 // 10:50 PM

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.

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18 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career

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18 Sep 2006 // 5:00 AM

Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.

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18 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.

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