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29 Mar 2007 // 11:01 PM

Vixen: Live and Learn

A fans-only disc, this album might not make much commercial headway, but the fact that Kuehnemund and her mates are having a blast starting from scratch makes Live and Learn all the more appealing, despite its shortcomings.

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Various Artists: Roots of Rumba Rock

A very fun and sublimely sweet collection of great songs from an exciting period in the history of African music.

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Johnnie Taylor: Live at the Summit Club

Gritty 1972 club set by the 'Philosopher of Soul' is released for the first time on the reactivated Stax label.

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Roxette: A Collection of Roxette Hits

A Collection of Roxette Hits is what it is, it does its job just fine, and if you buy it, you know pretty much exactly what you're getting into.

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29 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Willowz: Chautauqua

Michel Gondry's favorite band is probably not going to be your favorite anytime soon.

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The Eternals: Heavy International

The Eternals named their latest album Heavy International. Apparently Electro-jazz-funk-dub-post-punk Opus was already taken.

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The Zincs: Black Pompadour

Fresh off of their first cross-country tour, Chicago's Zincs internalize all that movement on a set of spry, shimmering rock.

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Ozomatli: Dont Mess With the Dragon

The Grammy-winning Latin rock/hip-hop collective keeps their political priorities in order while pulling off a multi-faceted musical coup on their most pop-friendly record to date.

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28 Mar 2007 // 11:04 PM

Yndi Halda: Enjoy Eternal Bliss

Yndi Halda has woven a beautiful tapestry with their debut.

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28 Mar 2007 // 11:03 PM

Zozobra: Harmonic Tremors

This is a monstrously loud, utterly enjoyable slab of melodic metal.

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28 Mar 2007 // 11:02 PM

Lily Frost: Flights of Fancy

The Canadian indie pop singer returns with a fine little EP of "misfit songs".

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28 Mar 2007 // 11:01 PM

The Fratellis: The Flathead EP

The Fratellis are the musical equivalent of Andy Millman's When the Whistle Blows: broad, catchphrase-based, and utterly demoralizing

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Various Artists: International Sad Hits

Even in this supposed global information era there's still music of stature and depth being made in other countries without our knowledge.

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Maria Taylor: Lynn Teeter Flower

Taylor is a blues singer of an atypical type, expressing emotions in a calm, controlled fashion, more like most people do on an everyday basis.

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Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Having attained mainstream success -- and arguably the world's most coveted guitarist -- Modest Mouse are back. Surprisingly, they sound like neither event ever happened.

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28 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ry Cooder: My Name Is Buddy

On his latest album, global producer and cultural resurrectionist Ry Cooder is influenced by another great and important artist: himself.

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The Prize Fighter Inferno: My Brothers Blood Machine

Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez has written some decent enough songs for his new project, but it's the clumsy attempts to tie it to the Coheed mythology that doom it to mediocrity.

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David Ball: Heartaches By The Number

Much like the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Heartaches By the Number is a sure winner, simply for its ingredients alone.

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Twisted Black: Street Fame

Gangsta philosophy: does life imitate gangsta rap or does gangsta rap imitate life? And while you're pondering that, should you be having dreams about Harriet Tubman?

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The Mooney Suzuki: The Maximum Black EP

Underrated rock revivalists get back to their raw rock roots with a re-release of their excellent debut EP.

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