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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stereolab: Fab Four Suture

Like all their best recordings, this sounds both like a ‘typical Stereolab album’ and like nothing they've done before.

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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Collabs 3000: Metalism

Techno has found hipsters, and it's lost its hips; Speedy J and Chris Liebing push back.

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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Erik Friedlander: Prowl

Erik Friedlander's melodies, when he deploys them, go straight to the cerebellum, where they lodge pretty much forever.

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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Hem: No Word From Tom

The band went bankrupt from their previous album. Here, they beautifully recover themselves from Eveningland, and Rabbit Songs as well.

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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jaheim: Ghetto Classics

While Ja is unquestionably a gifted vocalist, he won't be in the league of the Luthers and the Teddys until his lyrics overcome cliché in the name of 'ghetto realness'.

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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Get Set Go: Ordinary World

Get Set Go deal with vices and death and make them both fun to listen to. You've got 80 free minutes to listen to songs about suicide, right?

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2 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

John McNeil: East Coast Cool

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet filtered through the Ornette Coleman Quartet, and the result is something new.

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Beth Orton: Comfort of Strangers

A mixed bag of songs, set to an easy, frequently beautiful folk rock landscape.

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Great minds collide, but there's as much friction as there is heat.

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B.Fleischmann: The Humbucking Coil

Canny post-rock pop goodness from Mr. Fleischmann, whose record Pop Loops for Breakfast is one of Matt Cibula's fave raves of this century.

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Lanterna: Desert Ocean, Geoff Farina et al: New Salt

Two completely different, and successful, takes on instrumental rock.

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1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

LunarTheory: LunarTheory

Canadian indie music that isn't much more exciting than the Canadian daily news.

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Oceansize: Everyone into Position

Precise, powerful, and provoked, Oceansize are anything but twee British choir boys. Finally, the land of sensitive stadium rock offers something different.

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1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

P.O.S. takes rap-rock to an entirely new realm, with an epic album that eschews misconceptions about the genre.

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Headscan: Pattern Recognition

This Canadian duo specializes in that vaguely Matrix-y soundtrack styled 'dark techno.'

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1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ex-Boyfriends: Dear John

More fun than substance from these new-wave power-poppers, but they do look cute in ties...

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Maximo newbies should try falling in love with A Certain Trigger first, but definitely save some room in your collection for Missing Songs.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The M’s: Future Women

The M's are actually torch carriers for the art of Noise Pop -- and the accent is decidedly on Pop.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

It's loud, it's fast, and it swings like a mother. In an age of increasingly toothless rock, this is rock 'n' roll that will still piss off parents.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

An absolutely straight-ahead live date for concert octet, believe it or not, from the usually smoove saxophonist.

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