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LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver

With Sounds of Silver, LCD Soundsystem pass inspection, with perhaps just a touch of tarnish on their disco ball, a patina of "great, but what's next?" ever so slightly dulling their 2005 sparkle.

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19 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Turbulence: Do Good

It is not that Turbulence does anything new; it is that he does it well. This is a freedom train you definitely want to board.

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19 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nathan: Key Principles

At times, Nathan’s songs sound earthy and desperate, at others, fanciful and brimming with a buoyant optimism.

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Mary Karlzen: The Wanderlust Diaries

Despite strong performances and thoughtful lyrics, Mary Karlzen's unremarkable music and lackluster vocals result in an album that is only just fine.

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19 Mar 2007 // 10:02 PM

Clair De Lune: Assisted Living

Minneapolis group Clair De Lune has all the angst and intensity of “emo/screamo” bands, but there is no screaming.

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19 Mar 2007 // 10:01 PM

Marco Figueira: Brazilliance

Brazilliance is a soft, squashy samba-jazz album. The electric guitars are soft and squashy and the bass is soft and squashy and the sax and

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Sarah White and the Pearls: White Light

Anyway, this is a serviceable little alt-country disc, though I’d hardly describe it as "a back porch classic in the making" as the publicist does.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:03 PM

Holy Molar: Cavity Search

Holy Molar shares three members and a spazz-punk-metal aesthetic with the Locust, and its new 10-minute, five-song EP will not shock anyone familiar with the other band.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

TTC: 36 15 TTC

TTC manage to test cultural boundaries while pushing musical ones.

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The Cinematics: A Strange Education

The Cinematics have a hard task not to be compared to four other Glaswegians. But fear not, this album is a revealing and filler-free look into a band whose music speaks for itself.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Basement: Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs

Finally, a summer record for those of us who prefer autumn.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Foreign Islands: Restart Now!

This NYC group may not reach dance-punk's messy heights, but they show there are still legs in the genre on this debut EP

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Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha

Time may be a crooked bow, but Andrew Bird is shooting for timelessness.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: Tongues

A snapshot of the duo in their full flower, having mastered each others' languages and moved past any lingering reticence.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:04 PM

Until June: Until June

Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Sparrow House: Falls

Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements

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Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound

Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Smash Palace: Best Of 99-06

This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.

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New Young Pony Club: New Young Pony Club

New rave really isn't as striking as its prefix suggests. Not so much a revolution as a refinement, the movement as of yet is at most merely the more moneyed and sassy little sister to dance-punk.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Dale Ann Bradley: Catch Tomorrow

This is a near perfect album of traditional bluegrass that delivers heart-rending, joyous, and kick-ass tunes in equal measure.

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