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Various Artists: 8-Bit Operators

An entire generation weaned on Nintendo and the Commodore 64 is coming into its own right now... and building symphony halls of its nostalgia.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lucinda Williams: West

In her search for something "mature yet hip", Williams seems to have forgotten that there's nothing more mature, more hip, or indeed more totally happening than the magic that occurs when she plays country. Pedal steel guitar and all.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Xzibit: Full Circle

With nary a bad track in sight, Full Circle may just catapult Xzibit into the upper tier of high-profile rappers on the scene today.

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Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Putting a new spin on an old formula doesn't always make for an improvement on that formula.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tango Jointz: Palermo Nuevo

An uninspired fusion of Argentinean tango and downtempo electronica.

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Greg Friedman: Souls of Passing Feet

Baltimore resident Greg Friedman is a singer-songwriter. There isn’t much sense in him trying to be something he’s not. Think of him as

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The Lovely Sparrows: Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

The Lovely Sparrows seem to be another (potentially) great band that's taking the one-toe-in-the-water-at-a-time approach to recording.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Piebald: Accidental Gentleman

Piebald plays a jocular brand of power-pop full of faux-rock riffs and adorable lyrics. The band exploded onto the emo-punk scene in 1999 with their memorably-titled

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The Twilight Singers: A Stitch in Time

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan fans waiting for the duo’s Gutter Twins release get a little teaser on A Stitch in Time. A lead-off

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Peter Bjorn and John: Writers Block

An album of triumphantly appealing tunes about love -- and yeah, there's that song "Young Folks", too -- from indie pop outfit Peter Bjorn and John

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Thomas Brinkmann: Klick Revolution

Brinkmann says this is "the sound of Sisyphus playing pinball with a rolling stone", which means it is futile to make sense of this album, it is barely musical or listenable... but irresistably intriguing.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

The township dip-and-heave rhythm that runs through most of these tracks, sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly, unites them, making this one of the more coherent Rough Guides.

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Harry Connick, Jr.: Oh, My Nola

Pretty-boy crooner sees New Orleans as a rich stew, marked by cycles of life and death.

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Nobody: Revisions Revisions

Nobody has one foot in underground hip-hop, the other in dreamy psychedelic pop.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Glimmers: Fabriclive.31

Showcasing the breadth of a record collection does not necessarily make a great mix CD.

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ari hoenig: Inversations

Terrific players, don't relax for a minute, passion not minimalism, postbop kickingly alive.

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Ben Bowen King: Sidewalk Saints

My resident layman is American, and this is unmistakably an American album, so I turned to him for advice. “What do you think?” I asked

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Botch: Unifying Themes Redux

Formed in 1993 and disbanding just before the decade mark in 2002, Botch unfortunately met their demise just a few short years before metal would re-enter the

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The Pack: Skateboards 2 Scrapers

Musicians love to sing about (and sell) shoes! Skateboard hip-hop collective The Pack ride their debut EP right into the cement side of the hyphy, dirty, snappy, half pipe.

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Lovedrug: Everything Starts… EP

Lovedrug is frustrating to a critic, because they’re really hard to categorize.  They can wear the emo-rock mask as well as the Brit-born

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