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The Residents: The Residents Present The River of Crime Episodes 1 - 5

Always on the cutting edge of the cultural hub, The Residents has returned to one of entertainments oldest formats -- the radio drama -- for their latest exercise in oddness.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Selda Bağcan: Selda

If you're a fan of Turkish 1970s psychedelic music, then 2006 was a good year.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Strays: Le Futur Noir

Disappointing and derivative riot-rock from the son of the late, great Steve Marriott.

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The Bird and the Bee: The Bird and the Bee

One of these songs might be your next "Fidelity" or "True Affection" -- here comes the Bird and the Bee.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Giddy Motors: Do Easy

Middle of the road hard rock has its ups and downs, but its share of fun along the way.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Burial: Burial

Not just for British underground dance enthusiasts, Burial's album brings dubstep to a wider audience using the tried and true combination of melancholy and nostalgia -- and that bass.

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Boduf Songs: Lion Devours the Sun

In the follow-up to last year's highly regarded EP, home recorder Mat Sweet crafts minimalist acoustic reveries of whispered menace and unsettling grace.

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Julie Loyd: All That You Ask For

Although there is an aspect of dorm room naiveté to her lyrics, there are moments of honesty that are both genuine and revealing.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Fantasia: Fantasia

Fantasia has a voice capable of moving boulders, and even when she's singing sweet, you can feel the "church" pouring out of her.

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Doc & Merle Watson: Black Mountain Rag

Any reissue that recalls the telepathy of this father/son combination is monumentally worthwhile.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: Paz e Futebol

Upon seeing the cover of the new compilation CD by Jazzanova, Paz e Futebol, listeners might assume that the album is just a ploy to

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Ron Sexsmith: Time Being

Ron Sexsmith is the songwriter everyone envies, but nobody wants to be. Time Being offers a perfect explanation.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Switchfoot: Oh! Gravity.

Switchfoot's Johnathan Foreman is a wise observer, even if you don’t buy into his faith.

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Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road

Startlingly fresh, real and unmistakeably passionate, Oneida Road crafts a new alt.country for the NASCAR era. These are stories about income-gap America, their acid observations and withering pessimism encased in soaring instrumentations.

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Various Artists: New Orleans Reborn!

Representative of a recovery of New Orleans music in New Orleans? Since this really is the genuine thing, you might hope so -- and for a recovery of the city around it! And a good conspectus on a laudable independent label!

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Various Artists: I Killed the Monster

Hugely eclectic tribute to troubled songwriter and artist whose star, finally, seems to be on the rise.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

David Grumel: Beaurivage

Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,

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Daylights for the Birds: Trouble Everywhere

The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”.  Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for

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Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into

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