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Robert Randolph and the Family Band: Colorblind

Conventional wisdom says the modern world just isn't as friendly to bands who don't have names constructed from artful nonsense.

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Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement

Rather than comparing them to the Human League or similar synthpop conglomerates, it seems far more appropriate to consider Heaven 17 as an unlikely companion to Gang of Four.

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DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul

DJ Spinna's Intergalactic Soul opens: "From solar system to solar system / ready to blast off again." If you think you've rocked the earth to its utmost, what is the next frontier? Space, of course.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Matt & Kim: Matt & Kim

Isn't this what punk was originally all about? Stripping music back to an entry-level formula where anyone could hop on stage, bang out vital, messy songs, and have fun?

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David Grisman and Andy Statman: New Shabbos Waltz

This is Chasidic music that's meant to evoke the mystical spiritualism of the human connections to God.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

All India Radio: Each Other

The music possesses a brittle, crystal clarity that evokes being alone on deserts of sand or a distant planet with an oxygen free atmosphere.

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Doleful Lions: Song Cyclops Volume Two

The sequel is usually never as good as the original. But Jonathan Scott hasn't really done anything that seems usual. The result is a very good collection of "throwaway" songs few would consider anything less than great.

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Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old

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Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:01 PM

Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.

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The Horrors: The Horrors EP

Release the bats! This debut EP by UK "band of the moment" is full of style over substance garage-rock, watered down, cartoon darkness -- and not a lot else.

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Black Label Society: Shot to Hell

"Does anyone have any jumper cables?"

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Isis: In the Absence of Truth

Even though Isis's musical progression is cautious at best, the band is still miles ahead of its peers.

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Killswitch Engage: As Daylight Dies

'The rise and fall of all we are stands here before us.'

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Various Artists: The In-Kraut Vol. 2

Marina Records goes back to the vaults to dig up another 20 rare and unreleased pop, funk, and acid-curious marching band music.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell is either an annoying mockingbird or an amazing chameleon, depending upon how you happen to feel about his music.

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Cute Is What We Aim For: The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch

This group has much to say, but lacks the right words to say it all.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Paul Brill: Harpooner

NYC songwriter leaves the guitar in its case in his fourth full-length, encasing sensitive lyrics in shimmering electro atmospheres.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Stanton Moore: III

Some albums simply cannot be separated from the context of their creation, as Stanton Moore’s moving and ultimately triumphant tribute to his hometown of New Orleans makes clear.

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