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Envelope: Insignificant Anthems

If only all rap was this endearing.

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The High Strung isn't high strung about anything. The band loses a member but still manages to make an incredible, timeless piece of ear candy!

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Trojan marks the 2005 passing of a reggae great with a crass, ill-conceived bait-and-switch.

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Cuong Vu: It’s Mostly Residual

Cuong Vu is going to be a major voice in jazz, if he can stand to keep making it.

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The Chrysler: Failures and Sparks

Welcome to Sweden, a land where country music sounds like Belle and Sebastian and debut albums have five bonus tracks.

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In his lifetime a great unknown, Frank Hewitt's last years were given to playing piano at the now defunct venue this label was named for. Taped live, here's a complete 3 a.m. Sunday quintet set including two little-known ace saxophonists.

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6 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Minus 5: The Minus 5

Nobody celebrates life as a screw-up better than the Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey.

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6 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Audio Bullys: Generation

Audio Bullys have made an awkward in-between album.

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Jenny Lewis: Rabbit Fur Coat

Rilo Kiley's Lewis most assuredly found her voice on Rabbit Fur Coat, her exceptionally charming solo debut.

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Field Notes: Color of Sunshine

An up and down record that alternately excites and disappoints.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Thandiswa: Zabalaza

A honeyed solo debut from one of South Africa's well-loved female singers.

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Make a Rising: Rip Through the Hawk Black Night

Madly beautiful, beautifully mad music from this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Philly collective.

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Lilys: Everything Wrong Is Imaginary

This collection collects the guitar-driven, psychedelic world of Kurt Heasley and spews out one infectious, eclectic ditty after another.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mylo: Destroy Rock & Roll

Up-and-coming Brit producer says goodbye country, hello nightclub on an excellent, if overdue, debut album.

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Mississippi Heat: One Eye Open

Blues and Rhythm is alive and well, and anything B.B. King could do on guitar Pierre Lacocque can do on blues harmonica. A great night out you can have at home.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mozez: So Still

If you've heard Zero 7, you should have something of an idea what to expect here: soft, languid and impeccably produced trip-hip laid underneath smooth-as-butter soul vocals.

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The Go-Betweens: That Striped Sunlight Sound

The Go-Betweens go home to Brisbane to make a live DVD/CD record of the band and continue its phoenix like reemergence into a band that matters.

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2 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Thea Gilmore: Loft Music

From Ramones to Jimmy Cliff, Thea Gilmore's covers are full of new life.

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Big Mama Thornton: Sassy Mama

The 1960s blues revival introduced Willie Mae Thornton to Europe and brought her back to America and a blues-singing career. This 1977 live set with exemplary Chicago accompaniment is still good news.

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2 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

His Name Is Alive: Detrola

If you’re expecting another album similar to Last Night, you are in for a rude awakening. His Name Is Alive offer more electro-pop than anything else here.

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