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The Witnesses: Black Eyes and White Lies

There are thousands of no-frills rock bands in the New York City area, but the Witnesses might be the only ones you should care about.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stereo Total: Juke Box Alarm

Berlin's Stereo Total, despite the bloops and blips, are most importantly students of classic rock and roll.

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Béla Fleck: Crossing the Tracks

Even when Béla Fleck was a mere tyke in the music industry, he was already starting to take his banjo on journeys off the bluegrass trail. Here's where his story begins.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

MC Lars: The Graduate

It's pretty amazing that someone presumably serious about launching a career as a rapper would publicly cite Weird Al as an influence. What do you make of that?

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Band of Horses: Everything All the Time

Still in their early stages, you can tell that the Horses have more to offer. Someday they’ll be at full gallop. Here, they're just at a trot.

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Cadence: Songs of Vice & Virtue

The high points of the album are very high indeed, and show the depth of Cadence's raw potential to succeed, but for every highlight there's a forgettable track blended in.

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Feathermerchants: Last Man On Earth

Soothing and powerful, this New York group makes sweeping and sometimes majestic pop songs with all the softness and delicate touches of a feather.

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Buckwheat Zydeco: 100% Fortified Zydeco

Hot accordion and organ playing, workin' the rubboard, snaky guitar lines... it's a beautiful thing.

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20 Mar 2006 // 3:00 PM

	Stereo Total, My Melody

Ah, more inspired Europop lunacy from Berlin’s finest, Stereo Total. Not much has changed since Stereo Total’s U.S. debut effort last year,

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Greg Summerlin: The Young Meteors

On his sophomore effort, pop-rocker Greg Summerlin offers simple pleasures with a fatal flaw.

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The Sounds: Dying to Say This to You

The Sounds finds a delicate balance by balancing their delicacy.

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20 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Azalia Snail: Avec Amour

Climbing further out on lo-fi branch, one might find Azalia Snail, clinging lackadaisically and fluttering in the breeze.

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Southern Culture on the Skids: Doublewide and Live

A barn-burning live set that, unfortunately, leaves you wanting more.

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Boom Boom Satellites: Full of Elevating Pleasures

It's a bit disconcerting to hear Japanese guys in 2006 absolutely NAILING the sound of two huge English bands from 10 years ago, accents and echoey guitars and all.

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20 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liars: Drum’s Not Dead

Over the course of their short career thus far, Liars music has invited more analysis than emotion. Drum's Not Dead may be the first step in changing that.

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Various Artists: Nature Sounds Presents: Natural Selection

A mass of giddy hip-hop heads will buy this indie label compilation for the Ghostface and DOOM preview track; Nature Sounds laughs and sucker-punches them by making the rest of the CD good, too.

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Harry Manx: Mantras for Madmen

Guitarist mixes the Middle East with the Bayou and Mississippi Delta for some soft, inspiring, and generally comforting, folksy jewels.

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State Radio: Us Against the Crown

Former Dispatch member Chad Stokes resurrects the passion of The Clash and Bob Marley for the modern Bush era in his band's terrific reggae-rock debut.

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17 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Corm: Audio Flame Kit

Reissue of the only full-length from this mid-'90s Washington, DC act whose members went on to play in Q and Not U and The Maginot Line.

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Third Sight: Symbionese Liberation Album

Third Sight is the heavy, solid kid striding over from the back, that you see coming from 50 feet away but are too paralyzed by fear to avoid.

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