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15 Jan 2007 // 8:01 PM

Darren Gaines, who is The Key Party, says things like, “The Key Party came to me like someone else’s wife at 3 a.m. on

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John Lee Hooker: Specialty Profiles: John Lee Hooker

A short selection, bought or recorded by, and issued on the Specialty label, of Hooker in his early 1950s late prime.

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15 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Entrance: Prayer of Death

Trance blues and gypsy reels celebrate mortality in Blakeslee's fourth full-length.

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15 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Pulp: The Peel Sessions

This collection of Pulp's Peel Sessions serves as a poignant reminder not only of how great a band Pulp were, but of how important John Peel was to the development and evolution of British music.

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Hi-Tek: Hi-Teknology, Volume 2: The Chip

This sophomore effort features a slew of newfound famous friends, but like in any new social circle, it involves some sort of sacrifice.

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Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: Real Live Roadrunning

Knopfler and Harris? Sounds like a great combination with excellent catalogues. But sometimes the parts are greater than the sum.

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Dave Fischoff: The Crawl

Synonyms for "busy": ornate, complex, dense, The Crawl.

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15 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine: Love Songs of Bob Dylan

A lovely collection of Dylan tunes refigured through blues, jazz, and country interpretations by a longtime successful jazz vocalist.

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Ricky Jay: Ricky Jay Plays Poker

Ricky Jay Plays Poker contains a few noteworthy revelations; first and foremost, there are more songs about poker than you may imagine.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:03 PM

The Orders: The Orders

Debut EP from Finnish Interpol imitators is, at least, a darn good imitation.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:02 PM

Of Montreal: Satanic Twins

Satanic Twins was meant for the club, and as a collection of club tunes, it does just fine.

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Lullaby Baxter: Garden Cities of To-Morrow

This album is good enough to make you forget about Chan whatshername.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Mark Newman: Must Be a Pony

Imagination exercise: picture John Mellencamp with a wee bit more country and a lot less distinctiveness.  That fuzzy haze that emerges is probably Mark

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Jamiroquai: High Times: Singles 1992-2006

The band's danceable sound is best served on this compilation. And, if it leads you to discover any of the soul/funk bands that Jay Kay and co. were influenced by, that's even more of a good thing.

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Steve Turner: New Wave Punk Asshole

For his third solo album, Mudhoney guitarist Turner cranks the amps and parties like it's 1986.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Akon: Konvicted

Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. Wait -- are you swearing at us?

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Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity

Deerhoof's appealing new album is their poppiest and most accessible... until its long final track, that is. Fortunately, the disc's sweet taste outlasts its sour finish.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Voice: Gumbo

On her debut LP, Voice offers a smorgasbord of lyrical content, but like how the soup can sometimes be prepared, she adds too many ingredients.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Johannes Linstead: Café Tropical

Long regarded as one of the top Latin guitarists in the world, Linstead's most recent CD does nothing to dispel the notion.

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David Kilgour: The Far Now

Dreamlike clarity and gentle surreality suffuse David Kilgour's sixth full-length solo album, another slow-burning triumph.

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