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7 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Giddy Motors: Do Easy

Middle of the road hard rock has its ups and downs, but its share of fun along the way.

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7 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Burial: Burial

Not just for British underground dance enthusiasts, Burial's album brings dubstep to a wider audience using the tried and true combination of melancholy and nostalgia -- and that bass.

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Boduf Songs: Lion Devours the Sun

In the follow-up to last year's highly regarded EP, home recorder Mat Sweet crafts minimalist acoustic reveries of whispered menace and unsettling grace.

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Julie Loyd: All That You Ask For

Although there is an aspect of dorm room naiveté to her lyrics, there are moments of honesty that are both genuine and revealing.

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4 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Fantasia: Fantasia

Fantasia has a voice capable of moving boulders, and even when she's singing sweet, you can feel the "church" pouring out of her.

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Doc & Merle Watson: Black Mountain Rag

Any reissue that recalls the telepathy of this father/son combination is monumentally worthwhile.

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4 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Various Artists: Paz e Futebol

Upon seeing the cover of the new compilation CD by Jazzanova, Paz e Futebol, listeners might assume that the album is just a ploy to

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Ron Sexsmith: Time Being

Ron Sexsmith is the songwriter everyone envies, but nobody wants to be. Time Being offers a perfect explanation.

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4 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Switchfoot: Oh! Gravity.

Switchfoot's Johnathan Foreman is a wise observer, even if you don’t buy into his faith.

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Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road

Startlingly fresh, real and unmistakeably passionate, Oneida Road crafts a new alt.country for the NASCAR era. These are stories about income-gap America, their acid observations and withering pessimism encased in soaring instrumentations.

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Various Artists: New Orleans Reborn!

Representative of a recovery of New Orleans music in New Orleans? Since this really is the genuine thing, you might hope so -- and for a recovery of the city around it! And a good conspectus on a laudable independent label!

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Various Artists: I Killed the Monster

Hugely eclectic tribute to troubled songwriter and artist whose star, finally, seems to be on the rise.

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3 Jan 2007 // 8:03 PM

David Grumel: Beaurivage

Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,

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Daylights for the Birds: Trouble Everywhere

The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”.  Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for

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Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.

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3 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into

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3 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Sodastream: Reservations

Maturing Australian folk-pop band Sodastream is still able to pen haunting melody cloaked in warm, organic instrumentation.

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3 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Johan: THX JHN

An utterly appealing blend of driving pop guitars, melodies that you never quite see coming before they hit you, and smarter lyrics than you might expect. [PopMatters Pick]

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Tommy Guerrero: From the Soil to the Soul

Skating legend Tommy Guerrero handles his bass as skillfully as his board, but the most inspiring part of his album is the passion he demonstrates for music.

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Count Bass D: Act Your Waist Size

D echoes a highly suspicious style on his third official release.

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