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5 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

Jessie & Layla: Kinetic

Kinetic, the debut full-length from Irish sister duo Jessie & Layla, is one of the happiest little surprises of early 2007.

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Backyard Tire Fire: Vagabonds and Hooligans

Backyard Tire Fire is one of those bands that you just hate. Not because they’re terrible, but because they’re a band so unique, distinct, amazing and talented that you get frustrated about them getting ignored by the mainstream again and again.

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David Rovics: Halliburton Boardroom Massacre

This may be David Rovics' 14th album, but you'd be mistaken to think that the American protest singer and anti-war activist has lost any of his passion or fight.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Baby Teeth: The Simp

"The Birds Are Crying" is a lot like Foreigner's "Double Vision". But with more dancing.

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: II

Post-hardcore and Southern rock do battle on the Alabama band's second album, and this time out, the good guys win.

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Todd Snider: Peace, Love and Anarchy

Snider gives us a peek into his workshop, and shows us that he puts his songs together with care -- but that he also has a little fun in the process.

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Various Artists: The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 1

Like other recent reissues of rare R&B and soul music, this is a glimpse into a recess of region-specific American music that has gone largely unheard for three or four decades.

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Dirty Looks: Dirty Looks/Turn It Up

Outside its own scope, this flash-in-the-pan reissue invites some broader rexamination of the post-punk years.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Ame… Mixing

With skillful mixes of pioneers, such as Coldcut, and to the more obscure, such as, Dutch wave band New Musik, the album isn’t for glow stick weekend superstars.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Greencards: Viridian

An appealing, largely acoustic-based sound likely to charm fans of artists as diverse as Norah Jones, Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek.

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Various Artists: Thisish Vol. I: Hosted by Large Professor

I'm not a music critic, but I play one on TV. And when I need a hot album to unwind to at the end of the day, I choose Thisish. Because this…is…the ish.

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The Bloody Hollies: Who to Trust, Who to Kill, Who to Love

The Bloody Hollies are a bass-less, blues-drenched riff monster fronted by a powerfully hoarse singer-guitarist, and they will turn your ears and limbs to jelly if you let them, which you should.

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Julie Dexter & Khari Simmons: Moon Bossa

Her voice is smoother than a tropical breeze. He's a master of the bass. Together, they are dynamic.

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4 Apr 2007 // 11:02 PM

Rankin Scroo: Godfada

The self-proclaimed founder and originator of "Jawaiian" music goes solo with Godfada, an album that not only reinforces Rankin' Scroo's image of himself as a pioneer but also serves to introduce audiences to "Urban Reggae".

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The Giant Skyflower Band: Blood of the Sunworm

This side project from a founding member of the Skygreen Leopards creates a hazy marijuana-fuelled atmosphere on their debut record.

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The Safes: Well, Well, Well

The O'Malley brothers, out of Chicago, crank out bad boy riffs and good time tunes. They've got one foot in garage, the other in sweetly addictive power pop.

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4 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Arthur Dodge: The Perfect Face

Dodge sounds like he’s been reared on Neil Young’s soft, thoughtful acoustic albums.

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4 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Fort Knox Five: Reminted

That Fort Knox Five can wrap so many sounds and styles into such a consistent, dancefloor-friendly package shows not only serious instrumental and production skills, but a remarkable consistency of vision.

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4 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Calla: Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers shows us a band who've grown exceedingly comfortable in their own style.

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4 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The 69 Eyes: Angels

Finnish goth-metal group, the 69 Eyes further Americanize their sound and have a sleazy good time in the process on their latest release, Angels, a tribute to all that is Hollyweird.

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