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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eric Bibb: Diamond Days

Bibb redefines the blues by weaving stories from life’s experience and putting a positive spin on them.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff: Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 3

One of hip-hop's favorite deejays mixes a winner.

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French Toast: Ingleside Terrace

Between the two of them, French Toast founders Jerry Busher and James Canty have been in a half dozen highly regarded DC post punk bands,

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Hall of Justus: Soldiers Of Fortune

Hall of Justus, otherwise known as the Justus League, is a team of up-and-coming rappers and producers from North Carolina who have been lingering on

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The Broken West: I Cant Go On, Ill Go On

The artists formerly known as the Brokedown release a debut album which draws heavily on Brian Wilson-era psych pop with hints of '90s alt-rock.

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Various Artists: Hyphy Hitz

The latest from the Bay Area bureau of rap tourism.

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Julie Doiron: Woke Myself Up

Reconnecting with former Eric's Trip bandmates, Doiron delivers a profoundly affecting account of the joys and difficulties of family and love.

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Turn Off The Stars: Turn Off The Stars

Don’t let the cover or the photo on the back fool you, these guys wouldn’t know emo rock if they tripped over it.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Whats Going On

This set by New Orleans transfusionists reworks the stuff of a 30-year-old Marvin Gaye album of the same name, "recorded in a nation torn by war, ecological disaster and poverty." Guess why!

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The Silent Years: The Silent Years

Straighforward indie pop from Detroit. Worth even looking at? Somehow, yes.

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La Cumbiamba eNeYé: Marioneta

This is no straight Latin American party album... it's more various and less hit-fixated than that.

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Willy Porter: Available Light

The Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter turns in a fine effort but still can't top his '95 breakthrough.

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23 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

Gescom: MiniDisc

MiniDisc finally hits CD. Confusion ensues.

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Clara Hill: All I Can Provide

The album wants to move you. But first, it's gotta connect.

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Various Artists: Globalista Radio: Sensual Sonores

This compilation features “Ethno Dance/Lounge Culture music” from New York City nightclubs. Sensual electronic effects bathe the dozen recordings. These beats accent a multitude

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Dave Clarke: Remixes & Rarities 1992-2005

The track listing presents perhaps as succinct an encapsulation of modern dance music history as anyone could hope to find.

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23 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

D-Block: The CD/DVD Mixtape

The CD/DVD Mixtape has some interesting tracks, but ultimately feels unfocused.

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Cobra Starship: When the City Sleeps, We Rule the St

The song titles are almost as bad as the tunes themselves.

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Get Set Go: Selling Out & Going Home

This is a very great pop record by a very sick man. I will play it daily for years.

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Ying Yang Twins: Chemically Imbalanced

Terrible cover art and lyricism notwithstanding, Chemically Imbalanced ends up being much, much better than it has any right to be.

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