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14 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dead Poetic: Vices

Dead Poetic is not quite a cookie-cutter rock band, mainly because there’s no blood-curdling wail in the opening minutes. Dead Poetic relies on strong

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Cerrone: Cerrone by Bob Sinclar

French producer Cerrone deserves credit as one of the architects of modern music.

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Too Short: Blow the Whistle

There's nothing new or surprising here, but album number 15 is good enough to justify album number 20. Beeeitch!

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14 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Simple Minds: Early Gold

The band that doesn’t want you to forget about them compiles songs that prove Mr. Kerr and crew were alive and kicking in years prior to 1985.

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Whirlwind Heat: Types of Wood

Certain tracks conjure up the one word that Whirlwind Heat would never seem to encompass: dull.

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14 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cassy: Panorama Bar 01

Berlin and minimalism is almost a cliché at this point but the truth is, Cassy pulls it off with flair on this satisfying mix.

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13 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

National Eye: Roomful of Lions

Was it one of the city’s weekly papers that called National Eye Philadelphia’s version of Radiohead? Not so fast… Though National Eye have

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13 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Malena Pérez: Stars

Stars is a celebratory album, and also a happy one. Singing, "What if I told you that you're beautiful? / Would you believe?" Pérez sounds sincerely interested in the answer.

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David Mallett: Midnight On The Water

Like maple syrup, a little bit of Mallett can go a long way, but this disc provides some welcome sweetness.

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Polyphonic: Abstract Data Ark

On his fruitful debut, Polyphonic almost perfectly discovers the middle ground between electronic and hip-hop.

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13 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Sunn O))) & Boris: Altar

The toughest part of reviewing an album involving Sunn O))) and Boris is finding enough appropriate synonyms for "drone".

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13 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Gomez: Five Men in a Hut

Fairly comprehensive, and loads of fun, this is the way an odds 'n' sods collection should be done.

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13 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Willie Bobo: Lost and Found

He was smooth and he was funky and he needs to be rediscovered, like, pronto.

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13 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

JoJo: The High Road

We’re back to the days of a really good single and an unholy amount of filler.

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13 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Autovaughn: Space

Autovaughn's Space is like modern rock radio, except indie-er.

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13 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Fiamma Fumana: Onda

Onda is listener-friendly, but it could do with some yelling louts to bring the niceness into sharper relief.

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Alice in Chains: The Essential Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains compilations are nothing new, but this one comes closest to getting it right.

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The Nice Boys: The Nice Boys

Exploding Hearts survivor Terry Six resurfaces in fabulous power pop style with the guitar chiming, glitter-beated Nice Boys.

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13 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Ratchets: Glory Bound

On their second album, the Ratchets serve up meat and potatoes punk rock with a pinch of reggae. Unsurprisingly, they sound the Clash circa 1978.

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Mark Farina: Ministry of Sound Sessions

Stay away. Seriously.

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