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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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Incognito: Bees+Things+Flowers

Bees+Things+Flowers evokes the invincible summer in listeners, irrespective of equatorial vantage point.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Incubus: Light Grenades

Light Grenades might actually be the album that could make people stop wishing that Incubus was the band it used to be.

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Various Artists: Crunk Hits Vol. 2

It's hard to be stupid in a smart way, that much easier to just be stupid.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rafael Toral: Space

Portuguese electronic composer (and Rhys Chatham collaborator) Rafael Toral ponders the unpredictability of synthesized sound and the emptiness of deep space in three extended pieces.

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Ladyfinger (ne): Heavy Hands

Sound and fury, without enough fury.

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Houseguest: High Strangeness

Houseguest has the legs to be more than just another legendary local band, and if their association with the Black Keys gets their foot in the door, more power to them.

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The Antiques: Nicknames and Natives

The Antiques are the musically serene country cousins of the raunchy Americana-fuelled folk-rock sound brought to the indie stage by bands like My Morning Jacket and the Kings of Leon.

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Benjy Ferree: Leaving The Nest

Benjy Ferree has a style so fun that you can help but crack a grin. It’s terribly fabulous, criminally infectious, and so frickin’ simple

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

The DTs: Nice n Ruff

All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.

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Rhapsody of Fire: Triumph or Agony

It's all so silly, but just admit it, you secretly kind of dig it.

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J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido

Cale and Clapton are together again. Many of the songs presented will have you hooked into the wee hours of the morning.

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Christ.: Blue Shift Emissions

Boards of Who?! Christ. pulls an incredibly beautiful and individual follow-up album out of the bag, one which should go a long way towards relieving him of his BOC albatross.

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Norfolk & Western: The Unsung Colony

Two elaborately crafted folk-rock albums in one year? HA! I'll review this one in 2007!

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eminem: Eminem Presents the Re-Up

The Re-Up is a mix of vintage Eminem production and lyric spitting combined with his only real weakness: the tendency to regress and play down to his crew of less talented jokesters.

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Mark Mallman: Between the Devil and the Middle C

If this were 1970, Mark Mallman would have his own plane, a stack of gold records and an endless supply of groupies. This late in the day, his glam rock, hard-soul anthems cut very close to parody.

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As Tall as Lions: As Tall as Lions

With soaring melodies, lush arrangements and great songs, the self-titled album by As Tall as Lions should make the band the pride of the independent music scene.

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