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Elvis Costello/The Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue

Costello's latest non-rock excursion finds him fronting a 52-piece jazz orchestra at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

NOMO: New Tones

Heady band encourages dancing and contemplation in measures that aren't quite equal, and that's a good thing.

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Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno: Starless and Bible Black Sabbath

This damaging riff-quake from Japan's premier freak-rock collective may very well be the sound Woody Allen had in mind when he coined the phrase "maximum heaviosity".

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The Veronicas: The Secret Life of the Veronicas

Sure, the potential is there, but so's all the fluff.

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Neil Young: Living With War

Neil Young may not have been born in the USA, but on Living With War he sounds born to run.

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Mike Johnson: Gone Out of Your Mind

Ever find yourself wishing it was 1996 and you were in a bad mood? Mike Johnson can help.

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The Dresden Dolls: Yes, Virginia…

The cabaret feel is still there, but Virginia’s more refined sound makes the Boston duo’s second album a winner.

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Van Morrison: Pay the Devil

The great Van the Man, reduced to (mostly) covers and genre constrictions.

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Carol Bui: This Is How I Recover

Grim, powerful debut from a singer-songwriter who resists being pigeon-holed with the help of a trusty distortion pedal.

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Kimya Dawson: Remember That I Love You

Does a song have the power to save people from suicide? Kimya sings like it does.

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8 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gianluca Petrella: Indigo 4

Gianluca Petrella is a young Italian trombone player who is well-versed in electronica and rock as well as jazz.

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tool: 10,000 Days

"Who cares about the music? It looks like Maynard's pointing right at me!"

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Amel Larrieux: Morning

An Ode to Amel Larrieux: on how to follow a masterpiece, why the label "Neo-Soul" must be destroyed, and how to deal in The Twilight Zone, oops, I mean "the music industry".

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Bruce Robison: Eleven Stories

Bruce Robison is one of the best songwriters in country music, which means that he's one of the best songwriters in the world.

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matisyahu: Youth

Youth may not be Matisyahu's second album, but it's still a sophomore slump.

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Cyrus Chestnut: Genuine Chestnut

The Telarc label has been collecting pianists -- Brubeck, Peterson! -- and the sometime Wynton Marsalis alumnus Cyrus Chestnut is another good one.

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Blondie: Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

Listening to all these songs in a row provides a reminder of what a great band Blondie was in its heyday, blessed with well-constructed songs, powerful vocals, concise playing, and great production.

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: Whipped Cream and Other Delights Rewhipped

Herb Alpert and his band possessed a horny genius for performing Latin jazz inflected pop. Here, it's been rewhipped for a younger crowd.

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Storsveit Nix Noltes: Orkideur Hawai

Storsveit Nix Noltes are the sweatiest and most rambunctious non-Bulgarian Bulgarian group around.

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Willy Mason: Where the Humans Eat

Mason's songs hum and thrill with the kind of poetry that gets you labeled 'the next Dylan', but his music is more firmly planted within the folk-blues genre.

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