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The Bravery: The Sun and the Moon

Although the Bravery take themselves a little too seriously on their sophomore effort, it's still a pleasure to indulge in their post-punky pop.

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Prodigy: Return of the Mac

Tips for the hip-hop community: (1) don't ever call it a comeback, (2) don't rely on clichés, (3) don't give up, and (4) don't let your production outdo you.

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28 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Bad Plus: Prog

Jazz trio covers Tears for Fears without irony, Bowie with care, and outdoes Rush's "Tom Sawyer" with their originals. No jazz album this year even comes cloes.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Blues

Twenty-two track compilation covers eight decades of blues music, from Mamie Smith to Ali Farke Touré, with mixed results.

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Madagascar: Goodbye East, Goodbye West

Second album of gypsy-folk dreamscapes from Baltimore instrumentalists.

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28 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: A New Groove

Quick! Pack your bags (and headphones) and let DJ Putumayo lead the way around a world full of upstart emcees and velvet-tongued divas.

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28 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Orion Experience: Cosmicandy

New York outfit the Orion Experience bring wit, talent, and some of the catchiest tracks this side of disco, on their debut, Cosmicandy.

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28 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Company

The best thing about this is that it reminds us of the absolute genius of Stephen Sondheim.

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24 May 2007 // 11:03 PM

Vintersorg: Solens Rötter

One of metal's busiest artists keeps the quality up.

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Anders Ilar: Ludwijka (Extended Visit)

Anders Ilar, a veteran Swedish deep house/experimental producer, re-releases a previous vinyl-only EP with an additional 19-minute bonus track

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The Free Zen Society: Free Zen Society

These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena

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The Exies: A Modern Way of Living With the Truth

Alt-rock group releases bland album, covers Talking Heads without irony, but pulls pleasant curveballs with a simple acoustic guitar.

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John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders

John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project

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Linkin Park: Minutes to Midnight

Linkin Park are no longer the enraged adolescent's friend. They really want to start again.

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Warren Zevon: Preludes - Rare and Unreleased Recordings

Paints a fuller portrait of a talent who remains underrated despite it all.

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A Northern Chorus: The Millions Too Many

A Northern Chorus displays a wonderful and rare ability to fill each song with a great number of wonderful and gorgeous sounds.

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Tangerine Dream: Madcaps Flaming Duty

After 40 years, Tangerine Dream still manages to make interesting, complex music.

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24 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Zeph & Azeem: Rise Up

Almost a classic. Almost the best hip-hop album of 2007. A few more songs matching the level of the ones already here would've wiped that "almost" away.

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Barrelhouse Buck McFarland: Alton Blues

Unique! A major discovery: Barrelhouse blues piano like nobody does now.

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24 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Parts & Labor: Mapmaker

Parts & Labor combine electronic noise and traditional punk with deft precision, creating beautiful, yet jarring, rock anthems.

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