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15 Feb 2007 // 8:02 PM

Amy Duncan: Pilgrimage

Amy Duncan won’t bowl you over with a strong voice, but there’s an almost jazzy quality in her British folk/singer-songwriter songs that

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15 Feb 2007 // 8:01 PM

Tia Carrera: self-titled

When the best you can say for an album is that one track incorporates an organ, there's something wrong.

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Serengeti: Noticeably Negro

In hip-hop, the culture is represented by two distinct but equally important groups: the mainstream rappers at major labels and the underground rappers who focus on street cred. These are their stories. [Chong Chong]

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John Sebastian: John B. Sebastian / Tarzana Kid / Welcome Back

Collectors Choice has cleaned up the masters and re-presented Sebastian's solo CDs to the boomer audience that didn't purchase them the first time around.

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Various Artists: Superstars of the 80s: Volumes 1-3

Time Life's three-disc compilation of '80s hits delivers some of the best and worst of the decade while still playing it safe.

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Larry Williams: Specialty Profiles

Profiles is, top-to-bottom, the best Larry Williams disc on the market for anyone with a less-than-fanatical interest in the man's work.

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15 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Ballaké Sissoko: Tomora

Mali's kora is an aristocratic instrument and Djelimoussa Ballaké Sissoko is one of the expert players.

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15 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Laibach: Volk

Volk shows that anthems are statements of defiance as much as of pride, expressions of the will of a country's people to die for the sake of a geographical and ideological boundary.

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Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue has the undiminished ability to break through the clouds with plenty of "Mr. Blue Sky" joy.

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15 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Various Artists: Rocky Balboa

Much like the fictional Rocky character, this movie music has staying power.

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Starless & Bible Black: Starless & Bible Black

Bridging British folk tradition, jazzy chord changes and electronic distortion, the debut album from this French/UK trio fluctuates between good and very good. 

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Fats Domino: Live from Austin, TX

No one embodies that New Orleans rock and roll sound more than Fats Domino. He had his first hits way back in the early ‘50s

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Various Artists: Elaste Vol. 1: Slow Motion Disco

Aah, the good old, blissful nights spent dancing to the far-out electronic sounds at the Discoteca Cosmic on the Adriatic Coast of Italy in the

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Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake

It's music for clapping your hands and whirling to, music for mass, messy, male bounce-fests.

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The Silos: Come on Like the Fast Lane

Twenty years into their career, the alt-country legends keep on keepin' on.

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14 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Jackie McLean: 4, 5 and 6

Never mind the fact that McLean would eventually disown this 1956 album. One of his first sessions as bandleader, this six-song set of traditional ballads and originals has aged nicely.

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Sarah Shannon: City Morning Song

Former Velocity Girl vocalist releases an exceptional solo album filled with classic pop songs.

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14 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Tierney Sutton Band: On the Other Side

Grammy Award nominee Tierney Sutton and her band give us smoking instrumentals, sensual vocals and an invitation to Get Happy.

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14 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Tor Lundvall: Empty City

The predominant image that appears when listening to Empty City is that of a dark, blacklight-laden, smoke-filled apartment at 4:30 in the morning.

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daButch Hancock: War and Peace

Hancock's latest album is a diatribe against Bush and the war. Unlike the Texas troubadour's previous efforts, this disc offers no tales of Southwestern romance, desert waltzes, or small town vignettes.

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