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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The ghost of Frank Zappa looms large over the latest project from ex-Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway

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Shawn Mullins: Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor

Mullins may still be well beneath the radar, but his strong Crescent City-themed set suggests everything’s gonna be alright.

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Ghislain Poirier: Breakupdown

Ghislain Poirier has mostly succeeded in crafting a tight and satisfying sonic experience.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

J Dilla: Donuts

The last album of a tragically-fallen legend is a tour de force of brilliant beats and unbelievable subtleties, wild experimentation and great production; but no, the title has no deeper meaning. In the label's own words, "Dilla likes donuts".

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Black Wire: Black Wire

The band whose performance inspired the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict a Riot" look to carve out their own success, but are less successful at it.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Nintendo rock! Get off your couch, put down your controller and dance.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sam Champion: Slow Rewind

New York band prove themselves worthy Malkmus-worshipping balladeers, if only they’d ditch the feedback.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

A soft, sensual masterpiece of muted bossa nova from this NY-by-way-of-Rio songwriter

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The Beatings: Holding on to Hand Grenades

Boston's art punks conjure up the ghost of that city's '80s college rock heyday

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12 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Music critic tries to branch out with his own music and turns musician. Can it be? Yes, and it can be good too.

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Cloak-N-Dagga: Def Con Zero

As Canibus continues to fight a losing battle with his own skills, he brings Phoenix Orion on board to form Cloak-N-Dagga, rap's newest dynamic duo.

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Kings of Damnation leaves you to contemplate what a serious talent Zakk Wylde really is.

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New Radiant Storm King: The Steady Hand

Western Massachusetts indie rock vets make good on a long awaited return to aluminum.

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Live mandolins duel across the whole musical spectrum.

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The Celluloid Years collects rare hip-hop nuggets from the '80s and charts the intersection of hip-hop beats and Bill Laswell.

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12 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ryoji Ikeda: Dataplex

Instead of a modern studio, one imagines the tracks on Dataplex having been constructed inside an industrial cleanroom of the same type that manufactures microprocessors and semiconductors.

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Rollie Pemberton, writer, turns into Cadence Weapon, rapper, for an album as two-faced as the man behind it.

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9 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Back after a 40-year hiatus, early musique concrète pioneer returns with a three part collection of eerily manipulated shortwave radio noise, of which this is the second part.

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9 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Moreau: Nova Scotia

Have you ever wondered what it's like to use an entire stick of butter on one piece of toast? Moreau explore this delicacy and others on their latest.

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Various: I am the Resurrection

The transfiguration of John Fahey from a folk guitarist into the pantheon of great American composers, delivered through interpretations of his work by a group of oddball independent artists like himself.

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