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17 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Chevelle: Vena Sera

Chevelle should follow their own advice to leave "Well Enough Alone"; their fourth album scrapes to the bottom of the barrel.

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Betty Davis: Betty Davis / They Say I’m Different

Funk's first feminist Betty Davis resurfaces.

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Biréli Lagréne: Djangology / To Bi or Not to Bi

Two more sides of the guitar ace, for versatile listeners.

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Astrid Williamson: Day of the Lone Wolf

Williamson bodies forth sounds that haunt rather than overwhelm the somber quiet of ordinary landscapes. It sets her apart from pop's upstarts.

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16 May 2007 // 11:05 PM

Eccodek: Voices Have Eyes

He's such a good electronic producer that he shouldn't need a day job

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Royal American: Dont Waste Water

What happens when you mix Brooklyn and New Orleans? If Royal American is any indication, you get 22 minutes worth of good ole’ fashioned rock music

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16 May 2007 // 11:03 PM

Israel Quellet: Oppressum

Oppressum is rabidly, proudly, pretentiously, and maddeningly anti-pop. As a “noise” composition, this debut full-length from Swiss-born experimenter Israel Quellet indulges in all manner of

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Love in October: Words of Sound

Love in October craft radio-friendly power pop that is catchy, but ont infectious enough to distinguish them from the rest of their Fuse TV ilk.

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16 May 2007 // 11:01 PM

Don DiLego: Photographs of 1971

Tender and thoughtful, DiLego has made a very good album of audible Polaroids.

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16 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Peel: Peel

Sure to be one of the best power pop albums of the year -- from yet another great Austin band.

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16 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Fields: Everything Last Winter

A solid, sinister debut from English band of prog-folk folks -- more polished than early demos, but with a greater sense of purpose.

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Travis: The Boy With No Name

After the lackluster 12 Memories, Travis has rebounded nicely by sticking to its strengths.

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Polyrhythm Addicts: Break Glass…

Yo, bust this: "You know it's funky, funky, funky 'cause you heard it from Pop M. / See, Polyrhythm Addicts say nobody can top them." Hmmm...uh, yeah, I think I like it better when they do it.

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Various Artists: The Sandinista! Project

If a lengthy, "sprawling mess" of an album is made digestible by the vision and spirit of the original artist, how then will the material fare in the hands of those who have less equity built up with the audience?

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16 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Venetian Snares: Pink + Green

This is a Venetian Snares EP, so of course it's technically better than 90% of the breakcore being released right now, but it stumbles in crucial ways, especially when cast in the harsh light of expectation.

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16 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

LoveHateHero: White Lies

Yeah, that's right, an emocore album actually worth writing 750 words about.

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16 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Andy Narell: Tatoom

Supermarathon steel drum man x 22.

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16 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Affair: Yes, Yes to You

Does the world really need another Karen O. clone fronting a Blondie-influenced punk band?

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The Great Northern: Trading Twilight for Daylight

As a first album, Trading Twilight for Daylight feels too much like a retrospective: It has a lot to say about where it’s been, and very little about where it’s going.

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15 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dungen: Tio Bitar

The band that taught indie kids that it's okay to enjoy jazz flute makes a triumphant return on its fifth album.

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