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15 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Johnny Cash: At San Quentin

Johnny Cash had visited many penal institutions throughout his life -- sometimes as a guest, other times, an occupant. Turned out that his visit to San Quentin yielded one of the greatest country albums ever made.

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15 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Luomo: Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers may not be the revelation that Vocalcity was, but its quiet, complex experiments show an artist extremely serious about his work

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15 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Daniel Santiago: On the Way

This 27-year-old Brazilian guitarist has chops to spare and some very talented friends; if it wasn’t only 35 minutes long, one could well describe On

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15 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

My Latest Novel: Wolves

Strings are the thing these days, and here's yet another literate collective ready to grab your heart with a disc of symphonic pop.

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The Black Neon: Arts & Crafts

A diverse set of pop-goes-mechanical tunes point to deep nostalgia for motorik grooves of 1970s Germany.

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15 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Matches: Decomposer

Second album for Bay Area pop-punk band the Matches favours pastiche over memorable tunes

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Branford Marsalis: Braggtown

Branford and the boys offer ballads, burners, and the Baroque on the bi-polar Braggtown.

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Various Artists: Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1

Excellent and educational compilation of folk songs, featuring members of Wilco, Freakwater, and the Bad Livers, as well as faculty and staff of Chicago's esteemed Old Town School of Folk Music.

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The Uptown Quintet: Live in New York

Uptown Quintet -- not quite hard bop, maybe contemporary delight bop from young lions who served their musical apprenticeships on Manhattan Island, and the one very together band they were.

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Trentemoller: Always Something Better

Trentemoller, big man of 2005 house, gives us a taste of his forthcoming long-player in the form of a single and some remixes. “Always Something Better”

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14 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Places: Songs for Creeps

Singer-songwriter Amy Annelle's songs are creepy on the surface, but the good stuff lies below.

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Miles Davis: Cool & Collected

While this collection is definitely cool, its primary purpose is to acquaint newbies with the legend of Miles Davis.

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14 Nov 2006 // 6:00 PM

One Ring Zero: Wake Them Up

The concept is really intriguing, but the reality is undenaibly disappointing.

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Marah: Sooner Or Later in Spain

Marah has long been one of America's best rock bands, and now they've got the pictures to prove it.

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Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

Lindstrom's easy and attractive electronic music may not be cutting-edge any more, but it's still gorgeously layered and sparkles as if right out of the box

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A Northern Chorus: Before We All Go to Pieces

A Northern Chorus' 2001 debut is an occasionally enthralling collection of dreamy space-rock atmospheres and plaintive alt-country melodies.

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14 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dead Poetic: Vices

Dead Poetic is not quite a cookie-cutter rock band, mainly because there’s no blood-curdling wail in the opening minutes. Dead Poetic relies on strong

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Cerrone: Cerrone by Bob Sinclar

French producer Cerrone deserves credit as one of the architects of modern music.

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Too Short: Blow the Whistle

There's nothing new or surprising here, but album number 15 is good enough to justify album number 20. Beeeitch!

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14 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Simple Minds: Early Gold

The band that doesn’t want you to forget about them compiles songs that prove Mr. Kerr and crew were alive and kicking in years prior to 1985.

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