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Pigeon John: …And the Summertime Pool Party

More good-time optimism from under-the-radar LA rapper, Pigeon John.

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Rainy Day Saints: Diamond Star Highway

The Rainy Day Saints know their garage rock, but they don't know themselves.

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2 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mad Tea Party: Big Top Soda Pop

Mad Tea Party forgo the crumpets and dish up a plateful of whimsy, with attractive, ear-catching melodies and a determination to rescue the kazoo from pop music's instrumental toybox.

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Stephanie McKay: Stephanie McKay [EP]

McKay preaches about life in the hood and rising above it. She tells her audience that each of them can better themselves in a passionate, dramatic voice.

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1 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Cities: Variations

Interpol/Bravery/Bloc Party also-rans get reworked by Ladytron and others on this new EP. The results, too, are mixed.

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Dear Nora: There Is No Home

The last album from this Portland outfit is an eclectic bit of work that rarely leaves one bored. Whether it is the drone-ful “The Dream

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Chingy: Hoodstar

Hoodstar has no skits, so it's got that going for it...

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Various: The World Is Gone

Melding the current sounds of grime and dubstep with folk melodies and wispy female vocals, Various takes Massive Attack where it should have gone.

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Charles Mingus: Music Written for Monterey, 1965. Not Heard…Played in Its Entirety, at UCLA

All Mingus asked for was the impossible. More often than not, he achieved it.

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Jesse McCartney: Right Where You Want Me

Jesse McCartney is a Lunchable: prepackaged to the point of absurdity.

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Andy Kim: How’d We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride

With his unaffectedly yearning tenor and laconic delivery, Brill Building songsmith Andy Kim made bubblegum music suitable for adults.

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Scott H. Biram: Graveyard Shift

The Devil manifests himself in some cagey ways, musically speaking. Case in point: Scott H. Biram.

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Yellowjackets: Twenty Five

A survey of the group's first-quarter century: history, musical thinking, and an instrumental meditation on global warming apparently cannot date.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:30 PM

Shugo Tokumaru: L.S.T.

Tokumaru is a musical Philosopher's Stone; he transmutes even chickens into gold.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Steril: Realism

Apparently, the folks in Steril would prefer to forget their last couple albums ever existed.

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Square: The Mike We Like Remixes

There are many of us who still enjoy listening to Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, this release doesn't accentuate what we like about his music.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Diddy: Press Play

It’s definitely an enjoyable listen, although that’s due to hot beats and great collaborators as much (or even more) as it's due to Diddy himself.

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Spanky Wilson and the Quantic Soul Orchestra: Im Thankful

By working with a soul singer from the '60s, Will Holland has proved that musicians can be in with the new without being out with the old.

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Bernard Fanning: Tea & Sympathy

A straightforward set of folky, country-ish acoustic rock with Fanning's signature melodies, the disc baffles if only because you can't work out how it got lodged so firmly in your head.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Luomo: Paper Tigers

Vladislav Delay, a.k.a. Luomo, must be coming up on 30, but he continues to appear cutting-edge with his heavy, fractured dub. All the fuss

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