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Stereophonics: Live From Dakota

The second greatest Welsh trio today (Manics being numero uno) show their wares and seasoned chops during this enjoyable, relentless double-disc collection of favorites.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Flamenco Nuevo

Some compilations summarize a genre. This one makes it look larger than you expected.

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21 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Elf Power: Back to the Web

Once-lo-fi band grows up, trades fantasy for folk on often-lovely album.

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Theo & the Skyscrapers: Theo and the Skyscrapers

Theo Kogan is out there, trying to find that breakthrough moment, but the Skyscrapers don't seem like the skyrocket she's looking for.

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Hawthorne Heights: If Only You Were Lonely

Finally -- an emo-punk album that realizes choruses and hooks are important, too!

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Motörhead: Deluxe Expanded Reissues

A spate of reissues captures Motörhead at its finest, filling out a completist's library of bonus material, but never trumping the original albums.

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CacheFlowe: Automate Everything

Automate Everything is an appropriate title for an album on which nothing is left to chance, with every sequence, note, and sample meticulously placed in the mix.

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Augie March: Moo, You Bloody Choir

Glenn Richards is Australia's tight-packed pop-poet; more poet than pop, certainly, since who else producing music today writes in such contorted but addictive ellipses.

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Tom Brosseau: Empty Houses Are Lonely

North Dakota born singer-songwriter makes you do a double and triple take not only for his well-crafted material but for his warble that sounds at times like a cross between Ricky Nelson and the Buckleys (Jeff or Tim).

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20 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

LL Cool J: Todd Smith

Todd Smith is glossy, safe, front-loaded, and slick. My mom likes it, enough said. And the young-girl LL Cool J fans will love it too, regardless of what we say here.

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Ms. John Soda: Notes and the Like

Ms. John Soda is the collaboration between Micha Acher (of Notwist fame) and singer/keyboardist Stefanie Bohm (from not-so-famous experimental rockers Couch).

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Dennis Chambers / Jeff Berlin / Dave Fiuczynski / T. Lavitz: Boston T Party

The guys here get dug in, and if this is bluesy funk, they're in no blue funk. Plenty of energy; great drummer; musical conversations; force and fluency.

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Duke Robillard: Guitar Groove-a-Rama

This is the rare guitar CD that displays both virtuosity and a sense of history and style, performed with class and substance.

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Built to Spill: You in Reverse

For the first time in their career, the band has made an album that is both musically and lyrically indifferent.

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Michael Carvin: Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin

One of the finest drummers in American jazz is paid tribute by one of the finest families in American jazz.

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Gary Bennett: Human Condition

Former BR5-49er says he wants the simple life, but don’t believe him. Like everyone else, he just wants what he hasn’t got.

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Madlib the Beat Konducta: Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes

These are not movies, and this is not a movie soundtrack. These are scenes, and Madlib is a master cinematographer.

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Abidin Ensemble: From The Day I Was Tossed Here: A Tribute to the Poetry of Nazim Hikmet

Victoria Serruya finds a fine line between grand formality and genuine emotion, while Yaghi Malka and Ehud Gerlich drone thoughtfully on the double-bass and cello, and Oren Fried taps a slow-paced drum.

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Zero Crossing: My Kinda Funk

German producer tries to give up tha funk, ends up with only occasionally funky electronica.

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Various Artists: Exit Music: Songs for Radio Heads

Covers are a tricky beast. When, say, Jose Gonzalez covers the Knife, I'm fine with it. But the moment someone pulls an acoustic guitar to Radiohead, I feel a pain in my chest.

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