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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Mickey Avalon: Mickey Avalon

Former male prostitute Mickey Avalon invents the genre of "glam rap" with his raunchy, gritty, autobiographical -- and shockingly fun -- self-titled debut.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Robbie Williams: Rudebox

Rudebox is a flawed, stupid, incoherent mess of an album, but like the very best pop music, it isn't half fun.

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Aereogramme: My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go

Aereogramme's latest album is entirely successful in just about everything save its choice of title.

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15 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Only Crime: Virulence

These punks are trying to age well, and they have their moments on the new record, but for the most part these guys sound a little wiped out.

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14 Mar 2007 // 10:04 PM

Bang Gang: Find What You Get EP

Iceland's Bang Gang, judging by the music on the Find What You Get EP, should record a live album, and right away.

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14 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

The Crayon Fields: Animal Bells

The Crayon Fields makes pop that hangs around like a dense mist, opaque but ultimately diffuse.

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The Jennifers: Colors from the Future

Mining the same hooky, melodic pop vein as Velvet Crush and Evelyn Forever, the album is a fun listen, though to my ear it lacks energy.

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14 Mar 2007 // 10:01 PM

Honey Power: Macrosilly

Honey Power come from that hotbed of rock and roll... Estonia. Estonia should be proud of this group.

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14 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Jesu: Conqueror

Jesu's fourth release is a masterful, highly accessible outing by one of extreme music's greatest innovators.

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Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Ben Katchor: The Carbon Copy Building

While the opportunity for the spectacular might be there, the results don't quite get there.

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Brad Shepik Trio: Places You Go

Guitar, organ, and drums in a contemporary program that is fresh and familiar at the same time.

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Arbouretum: Rites of Uncovering

Mesmerizing jams from Anomoanon drummer Dave Heumann wed righteous, slow-paced Americana with free-wheeling 1960s psych. Five bucks says he's got a beard.

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14 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Jon Rauhouse: Steel Guitar Heart Attack

The renowned steel guitarist is as skillful as ever, but his latest record is not as cohesive as it might have been.

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14 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Baby Eagle: Baby Eagle

Steve Lambke's debut album under his new alias finds him trading aggressive rock music for sensitive folk songs.

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The Phoenix Foundation: Horsepower

A new band is set to hit American record stores with the mellow sounds of... New Zealand?

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The Roadside Graves: What Happened to Him Could Happen to Anyone

This seven-song EP aptly conveys the band's synthesis of shuffling guitars, robust harmonies, and instrumental flourishes that nod to artists like Dylan, Springsteen, and the Band.

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13 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Nanny Assis: Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow is an album of easygoing covers leavened with a few original compositions by Brazillian Nanny Assis and his friends.

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13 Mar 2007 // 10:02 PM

The Cinematics: Break

Indie bands everywhere could be aping Molly Hatchet and Bad Co. instead of excellent '80s outfits like the Cure, Big Country, and the Chameleons UK.

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13 Mar 2007 // 10:01 PM

Cloud Eleven: Sweet Happy Life

With his latest release, Rick Gallego has created an album that's as breezy and refreshing as a California afternoon.

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13 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Wax Poetic: Copenhagen

Releases on Nublu prove as varied and unpredictable as nights out at the like-named live-music bar/lounge in New York's Alphabet City -- you never know who's going to show up, or what mood they're going to be in.

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