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Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road

Startlingly fresh, real and unmistakeably passionate, Oneida Road crafts a new alt.country for the NASCAR era. These are stories about income-gap America, their acid observations and withering pessimism encased in soaring instrumentations.

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Various Artists: New Orleans Reborn!

Representative of a recovery of New Orleans music in New Orleans? Since this really is the genuine thing, you might hope so -- and for a recovery of the city around it! And a good conspectus on a laudable independent label!

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Various Artists: I Killed the Monster

Hugely eclectic tribute to troubled songwriter and artist whose star, finally, seems to be on the rise.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

David Grumel: Beaurivage

Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,

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Daylights for the Birds: Trouble Everywhere

The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”.  Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for

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Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sodastream: Reservations

Maturing Australian folk-pop band Sodastream is still able to pen haunting melody cloaked in warm, organic instrumentation.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Johan: THX JHN

An utterly appealing blend of driving pop guitars, melodies that you never quite see coming before they hit you, and smarter lyrics than you might expect. [PopMatters Pick]

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Tommy Guerrero: From the Soil to the Soul

Skating legend Tommy Guerrero handles his bass as skillfully as his board, but the most inspiring part of his album is the passion he demonstrates for music.

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Count Bass D: Act Your Waist Size

D echoes a highly suspicious style on his third official release.

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Ima Robot: Monument to the Masses

This isn’t the first time you feel like a great opportunity is squandered.

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Michel Camilo and Tomatito: Spain Again

Seven years after their album Spain, a second virtuoso and sensitive distillation from the flamenco guitarist and the Dominican pianist.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Yodel

By the end we're left in no doubt that Plantega sees American yodelling as the most significant yodelling on the planet, and while this is going to leave people from other parts of the world feeling ignored, at least it means that we get to hear a good selection of cowboy songs.

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Various Artists: Fuzzy-Felt Folk

From instrumental themes of 1960s British kiddie shows to charming little ditties about elves and trolls, this loopy, endearing collection has been lovingly assembled by

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Holy Shit: Stranded at Two Harbors

With a crackling collection of shambolic pop, Holy Shit prove as endearingly sophomoric as their name.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Sister Hazel: Absolutely

If you yearn for a return to the sensitive-guys-with-guitars movement of the late '90s, Absolutely is your ticket home.

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Sloan: Never Hear the End of It

Onward to infinity... the melodies and rock-star poses never stop, and neither do the emotions.

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Keefe Jacksons Fast Citizens: Ready Everyday

Well-grounded improvisations from an ensemble of all-star musicians looking to find balance between freedom and composure.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

What went wrong with Testify?

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