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Los Lobos: Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos

Nothing fancy or sugar-coated here: Simply put, Los Lobos is one of the best bands to ever grace the music world -- period. (And don't argue).

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Hank Williams III: Straight to Hell

With Straight to Hell, Hank III finally grows beyond the confines of his famous lineage and delivers a powerful mix of hillbilly and cow-punk near-classics.

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27 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Juvenile: Reality Check

The hype for Reality Check makes it out to be a statement album, a reaction to the recent plight of New Orleans. Don’t believe it.

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Eef Barzelay: Bitter Honey

Fans of Clem Snide need little convincing that Eef Barzelay is a gifted songwriter.

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New Buffalo: The Las Beautiful Day

Sparse and subdued, New Buffalo's debut eases on by in a waft of pleasantness without any lingering sense of significance.

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Bound Stems: The Logic of Building the Body Plan

Studio trickery hides incompetent playing on this Chicago group's infuriating debut.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones

Those who saw the potential in their earliest releases can take comfort in the fact that the band has not only made good on every shred of that potential, with Show Your Bones they've exceeded the most optimistic expectations with confident aplomb.

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Kid Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band: Live Trucker

Live Trucker is solid fun, as long as you don't mind the sense that you're beating yourself in the head with a can of cold Milwaukee's Best during every last second you're listening to it.

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26 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Edu K: Frenétiko

Stand aside, Federline. Actual Brazillian Edu K manages to work baile funk influences into a much more convincing, if thoroughly unsubstantial, party mix of punk and funk.

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Jason Collett: Idols of Exile

Hit-and-miss solo effort from undeniably talented Broken Social Scenester.

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26 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Oakley Hall: Second Guessing

Oneida cofounder heads back-to-basics with his countrified band of sun drenched romantics.

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One Session: Bobby B presents: The Hidden Treasures Vol. 1

I don't know what kind of herbals they got in exchange for this CD, but it's certainly worth a blunt.

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Röyksopp: Röyksopp’s Night Out

A Live EP from Norwegian duo that adds nothing to their canon but a Queens of the Stone Age cover.

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The Battles: Tomorrow’s Eager Hands

Dreamy art pop that can make the heart shiver in its cage.

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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones: The Hidden Land

The Flecktones manage to mature even as they return to their basic sound. The Hidden Land awaits.

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23 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mclusky: Mcluskyism

With the collector's version coming in at a robust three CDs, Mcluskyism is as comprehensive and well put together a parting shot as you're likely to see this year.

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23 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Delays: You See Colours

Harder, better, faster, stronger: Delays adopt an edgier sound (for them) on their sophomore album.

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23 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Ocean: Aeolian

For a collective, these German metal musicians stay remarkably focused on their fourth album.

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William Parker: Long Hidden: The Olmec Series

A curious collection of shards and fragments from the downtown New York free-jazz bass guru comes together in an archaeological quest for cultural connections.

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The Robocop Kraus: They Think They Are The Robocop Kraus

What's interesting about Robocop Kraus' new disc are a Teutonic sense of the ridiculous, and a healthy dose of good old funk.

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