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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Faktion: Faktion

It may be cookie cutter modern rock, but this debut isn't without its quality moments. Too bad there aren't enough of them.

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Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately

As calculated as an improv-noise album can be, Unfortunately melds the accessible with the impenetrable.

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25 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter

The newest singer-songwriter star's debut is pop without apologies, and very skillful pop at that.

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The Church: Uninvited, Like the Clouds

Can we all agree now that the Church are back to form and have been for a few years?

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Various Artists: Voices from the Frontline

Bet you didn't know they taught hip-hop in Basic Training. Meet the soldiers who rock the mic while stationed in Iraq.

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Tom Verlaine: Songs and Other Things

As a poet, Tom Verlaine is a guitarist.

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25 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

&nbTom Verlaine: Around

As a guitarist, Tom Verlaine is a poet. We have known this ever since his band Television issued "Little Johnny Jewel" as a two-sided single in 1975.

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Bitter:Sweet: The Mating Game

Does the world really need another sexy/vulnerable, tongue-in-cheek trip-hop act?

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Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

The late Wes Montgomery was a hugely influential guitarist, and this record highlights the Montgomery side of one of a few guitarists whose tribute means a lot. Pat Martino does justice to the real Montgomery sound.

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The Coup: Pick a Bigger Weapon

The Coup's back to bomb the system, and they've brought the funk with them.

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Katatonia: The Great Cold Distance

Magnificent vocal melodies and exceptional songwriting craft collide on one of the finest metal albums of early 2006.

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24 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Latrice: Illuminate

Soul-house veteran enlists Kaskade and Jay-J to man the boards for first solo album. It's as smooth and lush as you can imagine, but still...

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Jandek: Khartoum Variations

Duchamp's urinal or Texaco's?

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Wordsworth: Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition

The re-release of Wordsworth's 2004 debut proves that syndication might work for television, but it won't do for hip-hop. It's better to make new mistakes than to keep repeating old ones.

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24 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Super XX Man: X

X looks back on ten years of Scott Garred's own little brand of musical therapy.

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Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Gipsy Freedom

The mystic ones pull back their hoods, emerge from the mist, and reveal themselves as... regular guys? What the...?

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24 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ass Ponys: The Okra Years

For the most part, The Okra Years presents a better version of the Ass Ponys than the band's few fans from that era might remember.

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Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

A folk tribute to Pete Seeger that's about a thousand times as fun as that description might suggest, We Shall Overcome is also an album as American as apple pie, baseball and Bruce Springsteen.

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23 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Candi Staton: His Hands

Even if Staton had lived the life of Little Mary Sunshine, the ache in her vocals would make one believe that she has suffered. Just one "ooh", "aah", or "mmm" would turn anyone into a believer.

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Michel Camilo: Rhapsody in Blue

Paying tribute to Gershwin and being backed by a large orchestra doesn’t detract from Michel Camilo’s spirited performances on the ivories.

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