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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Avant: Director

This R&B singer's out to prove he's not a clone. He's not that other guy. He's his own man.

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Ani DiFranco: Carnegie Hall - 4.6.02

A top-notch snapshot of a performer coming to terms with a world that has been changed forever.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

DMX Krew: Wave: CD

Unless I had the proof in my hands, I would find it hard to believe that this wasn't an authentic vintage mid-'80s artifact recently rediscovered and dusted off for public sale.

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The Darling Downs: How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine?

What's going on here? Why do these songs sound so alienating, so weird?

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Big Al Anderson: After Hours

Since leaving NRBQ, Big Al put out one solo record that featured his rockin’ side. His latest disc, After Hours, offers a different spin on his talents, showcasing his mellow side.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Yakuza: Samsara

“You got jazz in my metal!” “You got metal in my jazz!”

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wolfmother: Wolfmother

Yeah, another "Wolf" band with tons of hype surrounding it.

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Booka Shade: Movements

Think you dislike techno? Don't think -- get physical.

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Philip Krumm: Formations

This gorgeous little cosmic artefact is a must for all aficionados of '60s avant-garde composition.

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The Dan Band: The Dan Band Live

If you've ever needed to own a CD in which a slightly overweight man belts out "Total Eclipse of the Heart", the Dan Band is for you.

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Frank Popp Ensemble: Touch And Go

Düsseldorf's Frank Popp Ensemble has collected a funky, overwhelmingly fun set of tunes that run from James Bond-style hedonistic danger to disdainful love to boogying down like it's 1969.

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Radioinactive: Soundtrack to a Book

While it doesn't reach the high level of his underground-classic collaboration with AntiMC, Free Kamal, quirky rapper Radioinactive's new album but stands in its own right as a solid (if short) addition to his discography.

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mason Jennings: Boneclouds

Ram Dass may still be alive and lecturing, but thanks to a catchy new song by Mason Jennings, contemporary audiences will begin equating the phrase "Be Here Now" with the Minnesota musical seeker of wisdom.

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Thievery Corporation: Versions

If you find yourself in the market for a record to put on in the background while you chat to your mates, or if you have a particularly awesome sound system that you would like to put through it's paces, then you could do a lot worse than buying this album.

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17 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kal: Kal

The band vivifies their traditional music with boings and booming echoes, wah-wah pedals, tango, and konakkol singing.

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Mick Moloney: McNally’s Row of Flats (Irish American Songs of Old New York, by Harrigan and Br

As a musician, Moloney opted for catchy tunes with humorous lyrics. While presumably Harrigan and Braham had melancholic and/or cloying tunes about the old country or troubles in the New World, none of them can be found here.

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17 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pink: I’m Not Dead

Who says you can't turn a funeral into a party? Pink says you can. And what Pink says goes.

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Secret Machines: Ten Silver Drops

A huge step for a band destined to make an album of beginning-to-end psychedelic space-rock perfection.

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The BellRays: Have a Little Faith

The BellRays are the band that convince the MC5 they'd have been better off in Memphis.

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Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits 1970-1978

Does Ozzy want a special prize for helping to invent the power ballad? Because I've got a bullet with his name on it right here, if so.

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