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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Silverchair: Young Modern

Silverchair return with an album completely different than their older material, but pretty bad nevertheless.

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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Roddy Hart: Bookmarks

This remarkably self-assured debut album showcases Hart’s mature songwriting and well-crafted arrangements.

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Snowgoons: German Lugers

Germany's own four-member production team releases a hip-hop record featuring mundane production that seems wasted on such an impressive array of emcees.

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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Rara Avis: Shaktified EP 1

This guitarist and laptopper's download-only EP sounds dated and dippy.

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E-Dro: From My Hood to Your Hood

Which sounds more titillating -- politics or a lap dance? Well, I'd normally go with "lap dance" but, in this case, I'll take politics all day long.

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The Roadside Graves: No One Will Know Where Youve Been

The Roadside Graves's third album proves that you don't have to come from deep in the pines to play gut-wrenching folk 'n' country.

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Joseph Jarman: As If It Were the Seasons

Three saxophones, flute, oboe, trumpet, and trombone blur into one terrifying mass during the piece's most gratifying moments.

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The Gomorrans: The Gomorran Social Aid And Pleasure Club

The band blends jazz, Balkan brass, pop, and some Latin touches for an interesting if odd result.

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Various Artists: Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M.

Finally, a tribute album with both heart and nerve.

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The Electric Soft Parade: No Need to Be Downhearted

British pop with a healthy dose of variety, and a persistent optimism that feels grounded and vital.

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Erasure: Light at the End of the World

Any new album from Erasure is a good thing, but Clarke and Bell's newest offering will leave you feeling their hearts weren't really in this one.

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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Uncle Monk: Uncle Monk

Tommy Ramone teams up with Claudia Tienan on a satisfyingly traditional bluegrass album that brings CBGB's original meaning full-circle.

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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The National: Boxer

Brooklyn's band of brothers spins dark, sardonic songs about love and life, adorned with orchestral flourishes and aching with romantic desperation... an early bid for album of the year.

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Machine Head: The Blackening

A true comeback album among the best, molten riffs and tricky melodies herald the arrival of The Blackening.

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The Dexateens: Hardwire Healing

Alabama country-punks the Dexateens still sound hell-bent and ornery on this, their strongest album so far, albeit in a more mature, reflective, back-porch sort of way.

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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Robin English: Robin English

Country newcomer Robin English seems to fall in line with other female roots-oriented musicians like Patty Griffin. But there is also a slickness to some

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Various Artists: The Road Mix: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Vol. 3

Music for a trip from Carolina to Texas and back again. Play this CD 32 times straight and say, "There's no place like Tree Hill…There's no place like Tree Hill…"

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Various Artists: Folk Music for the End of the World

If today was the end, you could do worse to listen to this compilation.

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Muhal Richard Abrams / George Lewis / Roscoe Mitchell: Streaming

Most music—even the most liberated improv—relies on signposts, points of reference by which the listener can navigate their way through the sound and

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17 May 2007 // 11:02 PM

Two Cow Garage: III

Two Cow Garage unfortunately remains a mostly one-trick pony in their energetic but mostly monotonous third album.

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