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Raising the Fawn: The Maginot Line

Toronto's Raising the Fawn might not get the attention the rest of the Broken Social Scene splinter groups receive, but the band is emerging as one of the best of the lot.

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5 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Various Artists: NY2LON

Reveal US bands to UK audiences, and vice versa, and what you have is an album of unsigned talents that are finally getting their due.

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Daddy Yankee: Barrio Fino En Directo

Daddy Yankee has had much success leading the big reggaeton parade, but there's just no telling if this (Daddy) Yankee doodle dandy is truly here to stay.

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Keith Fullerton Whitman: Lisbon

A single live document of the latest -- unabashedly noisier -- developments in Keith Fullerton Whitman's Playthroughs drone project.

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Various Artists: See You on the Moon! Songs for Kids of All Ages

Indie rockers take on their most challenging project yet -- writing songs for kids.

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Magneta Lane: Dancing with Daggers

Lexi Valentine takes Chrissie Hynde's sweetly sour alto and wraps it around Debbie Harry's blasé romanticism for an emotionally potent vocal style that conveys the same tender toughness as those two peerless women who came a generation before.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mary Jane Lamond: Storas

This sinfully pleasing Cape Breton singer revisits traditional Gaelic songs with accompanying musicians and a voice as clear as the Bras D-Or Lakes.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mellowdrone: Box

Bring on the major leagues: Mellowdrone answers Columbia's call with the 21st century's answer to corporate rock.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Placebo: Meds

Despite forays into heavier metal-inspired sounds or electronica, a new Placebo album becomes an exercise in slight variation, little more.

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Heather Headley: In My Mind

Hearing love song after cheating song after being cheated on song makes In My Mind the textbook definition of a generic "adult" R&B diva album.

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3 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Excepter: Sunbomber

Sunbomber’s most obvious strength and most glaring flaw is entirely the point of its release: It was recorded on a hot summer day in one hour.

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The Stems: Terminal Cool: Anthology 1983-1986

In three short years, these Aussies left an indelible mark on the garage revival scene.

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3 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Bubba Sparxxx: The Charm

Bubba Sparxxx doesn't go bling and boring, so much as rejoice in it, splash around in it, rub it all over itself and go sprinting through the fields.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance

Second round for Rough Guide's tour of bhangra. This time, the travel company seeks to update the sounds for your next trip to Kuch Kuch.

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The Appleseed Cast: Peregrine

Proving once again to be Lawrence's finest, the Appleseed Cast synthesizes its parts and finds itself on the album that saved the band from a too-early demise.

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The Guess Who: The Best of the Guess Who

You may never think you need to hear a Guess Who song, but they often come as some relief when they crop up on the radio or in the supermarket Muzak mix.

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Bonnie Bramlett: Roots, Blues & Jazz

An Ike-ette and lost legend growls a variety of soul and jazz standards.

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Dogme 95: The Reagle Beagle

Chicago based songwriter Nick Wright goes a-sailin' with Charles Darwin. No, literally, he does.

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The Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley: Cadenza on the Night Plain

A classic recording of Terry Riley's string quartet music, reissued.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Amorphis: Eclipse

With a new vocalist leading the way, Amorphis sound reborn on their seventh full-length album.

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