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The Nice Boys: The Nice Boys

Exploding Hearts survivor Terry Six resurfaces in fabulous power pop style with the guitar chiming, glitter-beated Nice Boys.

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13 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Ratchets: Glory Bound

On their second album, the Ratchets serve up meat and potatoes punk rock with a pinch of reggae. Unsurprisingly, they sound the Clash circa 1978.

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Mark Farina: Ministry of Sound Sessions

Stay away. Seriously.

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Various Artists: The Source Presents Fat Tape Compilation Volume One

These thug tales provide an escape from the safety of the suburbs. Danger lurks everywhere on the songs here.

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Sven Libaek: Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek

There's a lightness of touch and a breezy, jazzy atmosphere to these 12 Sven Libaek Australian film-score compositions from the '60s and '70s.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Annuals: Be He Me

At best an ambitious amalgamation of impeccably curated influences, Annuals' debut fails to endear or distinguish itself.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Joanna Newsom: Ys

And we all fall down slack-jawed to marvel at Joanna Newsom.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Enigma: A Posteriori

Enigma? You betcha. Only this latest riddle is trapped inside a problem of going to the well 12 too many times with a formula that, while interesting at times, is just far too stoic and stale.

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Whitey: The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train

The problem with constructing a sound almost exclusively out of obvious influences is that it's easy to become defined by a tame sense of craftsmanship.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Mark Feldman: What Exit

Downtown violinist supreme makes his ECM debut.

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African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track

To walk the path from the Upsetta to Electronica, you must get Off The Beaten Track.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Giuseppe Andrews: Giants

Like listening to the soundtrack to a primal scream session, or cracking open a crazy man's cranium and sneaking a peak inside, this twisted troubadour crafts one of the most satisfying -- and ominous -- soundscapes in recent memory.

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Skip Heller: Mean Things Happening in This Land

Organ, guitar, and drums has been a standard hack format, so perhaps it's another quirk of Heller's to use it for something quirkily interesting.

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10 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest

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Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant

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9 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.

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Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?

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The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America

From bar band to arena-ready rockers, the Hold Steady reach near-Springsteenian heights on their third album.

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Bryan Estepa: All The Bells And Whistles

Aussie artist Bryan Estepa sounds like he's grown up on a healthy dose of The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo.

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