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Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Having attained mainstream success -- and arguably the world's most coveted guitarist -- Modest Mouse are back. Surprisingly, they sound like neither event ever happened.

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28 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ry Cooder: My Name Is Buddy

On his latest album, global producer and cultural resurrectionist Ry Cooder is influenced by another great and important artist: himself.

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The Prize Fighter Inferno: My Brothers Blood Machine

Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez has written some decent enough songs for his new project, but it's the clumsy attempts to tie it to the Coheed mythology that doom it to mediocrity.

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David Ball: Heartaches By The Number

Much like the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Heartaches By the Number is a sure winner, simply for its ingredients alone.

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Twisted Black: Street Fame

Gangsta philosophy: does life imitate gangsta rap or does gangsta rap imitate life? And while you're pondering that, should you be having dreams about Harriet Tubman?

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The Mooney Suzuki: The Maximum Black EP

Underrated rock revivalists get back to their raw rock roots with a re-release of their excellent debut EP.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:04 PM

Unagi: For Lovers

Cupid has five arrows, and one of them just might be for you.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:03 PM

Eluvium: Copia

I can think of few musicians of any genre making instrumental music as involving as Matthew Cooper's ambient compositions under the name Eluvium.

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Daníel Águst: Swallowed a Star

Daníel Águst, former singer for the Icelandic dance/trip-hop outfit Gus Gus, applies a different but no less quirky approach to his solo debut.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:01 PM

Holy Moses: Queen of Siam

It took some bravery and audacity for Holy Moses to promote their product in the most male-dominated genre in popular music.

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The Fall: Reformation Post T.L.C

Mark E. Smith has previously thrived on conflict and controversy, but this time the fallout from yet another dramatic line-up change has resulted in one of the Fall's more disappointing releases.

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Grant-Lee Phillips: Strangelet

Stranglet's songs are often wrapped in production quirks and dense arrangements when they beg for leaner treatment.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price: Last of the Breed Volume 1

Yes, that’s right. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price offer the somnolent styles of yesterday and today for your enjoyment.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Shining: Grindstone

On its fourth album, Norway's Shining obliterates the line between rock, jazz and classical composition and, in the process, creates one of the most compelling albums of the year.

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The Alan Parsons Project: I Robot

About as antiseptic as rock music ever really got, restrained and rearranged to within an inch of its life, is there anything that can possibly be salvaged here?

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various: Black Snake Moan

The soundtrack of Craig Brewer's latest film is a solid selection of old and new blues music, though Samuel Jackson's vocals suggest he shouldn't think about quitting his day job anytime soon.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Emily Grogan: At Sea

Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Stones Throw: Ten Years

The Stones Throw label seems like a slightly scratched vintage jazz record. The songs skip sometimes to create snippets rather than complete compositions, but once the needle hits the groove -- well, you know the rest.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:04 PM

Lucky Soul: Aint Never Been Cool

1950s girl-group pop gets a modern-day reworking on the delightful title track of the UK pop group Lucky Soul's three-song Ain't Never Been Cool EP.

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The One AM Radio: This Too Will Pass

While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.

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