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The BellRays: Have a Little Faith

The BellRays are the band that convince the MC5 they'd have been better off in Memphis.

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Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits 1970-1978

Does Ozzy want a special prize for helping to invent the power ballad? Because I've got a bullet with his name on it right here, if so.

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Jimmy Cobb: Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb

A solid band pedigree propels this recording to impressive height.

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16 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shoplifting: Body Stories

It brims over with precisely the kind of heartfelt, politically-charged fervor that's far more likely to save rock, or at least to instill a true appreciation of its potential power, than any number of self-indulgently retro-oriented celebrants of traditional excess and irony.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Easton: Ammunition

Ammunition was recorded over two years while Easton was satiating his wanderlust, and it feels like life on the road: immediate, restless, and inspired.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Snow Patrol: Eyes Open

So what has Gary Lightbody decided to do with his newfound clout? Sometimes it's not the album that gets you famous that's the sellout.

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Tom Moulton & Various Artists: A Tom Moulton Mix

His work was by no means leftfield or underground -- Tom Moulton mixed the treacly disco anthem "Love Is the Message" after all -- but A Tom Moulton Mix offers evidence that it was nonetheless revolutionary.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson

The most reluctant rock star of the 1970s self-destructs in the studio in a manner that would make Alex Chilton proud, rejecting the FM pop-radio mainstream altogether

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Scarface Presents The Product: One Hunid

The man they call 'Face is back again with another musical slice of his longitudinal study on street life.

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The Wedding Present: Search For Paradise

Let's face it, no-one does love, break-ups and hurt like David Gedge.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Benjamin Zephaniah: Naked

A pulsating and often brilliant collection of vital, angry poems set to a minimalist urban backing.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Caroline: Murmurs

A great deal less than the sum of its parts, this album is best left to romantic interludes and background listening.

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Mary Lees Corvette: Love, Loss, and Lunacy

A promising country-rock album is marred by some lazy lessons from the Sheryl Crow school of rock.

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mobb Deep: Blood Money

If you combine two of hip-hop's biggest camps and give them a healthy budget to work with, the result should be a monster hit... right?

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Graham Coxon: Love Travels At Illegal Speeds

His profile may be lower, but these days Coxon is easily matching the best work he did with Blur

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bananarama: Drama

The coolest Bananarama songs were never really deep. The group had an attitude and a look, a cool, sultry sound, and a sense of fun. Bananarama still displays these characteristics to full effect.

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Korpiklaani: Tales Along This Road

Alcohol-fueled polka metal from Finland. What’s there not to love?

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Van Hunt: On the Jungle Floor

Van Hunt is a soul man and a rocker and a pop star and a funkateer and a hip-hop balladeer. Some people don't want him to be such a renaissance man but Van Hunt doesn't want to fit into anyone's cozy little box.

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

About: Bongo

Intricate samples, fractured sentiment, pop melodies and tubas from Jason Forrest's multitalented protégé

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London Elektricity: Power Ballads

London Elektricity, though it cannot always avoid the limitations of the genre, are making hearty drum & bass music with infinitely more soul than Pendulum or Audio Bullys.

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"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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