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18 Dec 2006 // 8:03 PM

Ultra Dolphins: Mar

The kind of spazzy hardcore that can send a room full of teenaged hardcore dancers into a spin-kicking frenzy in mere seconds.

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18 Dec 2006 // 8:02 PM

31 Knots: Polemics

Portland spazz-pop innovators slice genres, moods and soundscapes in a fractious beauty of an EP.

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Matt Mays & El Torpedo: Matt Mays & El Torpedo

It's the sort of timeless music that the guys at university campus bars think sounds really good after chugging back some Labatt Ice.

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18 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Tony Lucca: Canyon Songs

It's like a "delete" button for your brain...

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Ghostface Killah: More Fish

More Fishscale, more or less.

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18 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Pipas: Sorry Love

A love letter, an afternoon at the cinema, a dream: music built from scraps of memory.

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18 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Haiku: Blew

It might not blow mainstream listeners away, but Haiku's breezy, thoughtful new album should please independent hip-hop fans.

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Lemonator: At the Presence of Great Beauty

Proof there's much, much more to Finnish popular music than just Nightwish and Finntroll.

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Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band: Dizzys Business

Serious attempt at the best that can be done. Dizzy Gillespie would certainly have been very proud of some of this.

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Tripping the line between Americana and rockabilly swing, Shortstack are fun, but never inventive enough to truly impress.

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18 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Babyshambles: B Sides

For all their roughness, these b-sides still shine with unexpected flashes of melody and eloquence.

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Nicole Atkins: Bleeding Diamonds

On this very promising debut EP, New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and her backing band the Sea craft pop music that is both sophisticated, sweet, magical, and pretty darn cool, as well.

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Librarians: Alright Easy Candy Stranger

Middle of the road dance pop that never quite rises above.

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Trainwreck Riders: Lonely Road Revival

If you can still remember how great an imperfect country/rock record made by a band dripping with potential and energy can be, then Lonely Road Revival is a refreshing slap in the face.

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Kidz in the Hall: School Was My Hustle

A nice piece of unassuming true school hip-hop.

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Sonic Youth: The Destroyed Room

Sonic Youth's accidents and mistakes add up to an exciting new statement of their own.

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17 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Damien Rice: Nine

When not indulging in cloying string arrangements or abusing lyrical clichés, Damien Rice's 9 is mostly tedious.

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Hoven Droven: Jumping at the Cedar

Tune after tune rises and rears and smashes down, coming to rest here and there in the calm pools of "Kom Hem" and "Årepolska".

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Ronnie Wood: Anthology: The Essential Crossexion

First-ever career-spanning compilation offers highlights of the British guitarist's four decades as a solo artist and group member, including the Faces and the Rolling Stones.

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17 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Faithless: 3D

Make yourself comfortable, and get ready for 230 minutes of Faithless mixtape action.

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