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Built to Spill: You in Reverse

For the first time in their career, the band has made an album that is both musically and lyrically indifferent.

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Michael Carvin: Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin

One of the finest drummers in American jazz is paid tribute by one of the finest families in American jazz.

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Gary Bennett: Human Condition

Former BR5-49er says he wants the simple life, but don’t believe him. Like everyone else, he just wants what he hasn’t got.

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Madlib the Beat Konducta: Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes

These are not movies, and this is not a movie soundtrack. These are scenes, and Madlib is a master cinematographer.

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Abidin Ensemble: From The Day I Was Tossed Here: A Tribute to the Poetry of Nazim Hikmet

Victoria Serruya finds a fine line between grand formality and genuine emotion, while Yaghi Malka and Ehud Gerlich drone thoughtfully on the double-bass and cello, and Oren Fried taps a slow-paced drum.

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Zero Crossing: My Kinda Funk

German producer tries to give up tha funk, ends up with only occasionally funky electronica.

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Various Artists: Exit Music: Songs for Radio Heads

Covers are a tricky beast. When, say, Jose Gonzalez covers the Knife, I'm fine with it. But the moment someone pulls an acoustic guitar to Radiohead, I feel a pain in my chest.

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Andre Ceccarelli: Avenue des Diables Bleus

Three masters and a perfect combination.

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Richard Butler: Richard Butler

This is a lovely album and a very welcome return from the former lead singer of The Psychedelic Furs.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

13ghosts: Cicada

This Birmingham, Alabama, group's third full length has ridden a quiet wave of buzz over the past year, raising the profile of this previously obscure act.

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Various Artists: Dada, Pansaers et Correspondance; Volume 1 (1917-1926)

Meet James Ensor. Meet the people who came after him. But first, learn French.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edguy: Rocket Ride

Are you ready for a rock 'n' roll party tonight? Admit it, you know you are.

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Elefant: The Black Magic Show

The second album from NYC's Elefant is good, but it sounds eerily safe and familiar. Twenty-first century bubble gum plundered from the depths of the '80s.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Takuma Itoi: Quietude

Broken CD? No, a symphony of subtlety.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moha!: Raus Aus Stavanger

Pulverizing improvised clatter and screech from Norway's N Collective

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Scott Miller & the Commonwealth: Citation

It's OK to miss the V-Roys, but Scott Miller's come a long way since then.

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Vernon Reid and Masque: Other True Self

Too many notes and too few tunes make Vernon Reid's third solo outing a difficult listen.

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People Under the Stairs: Stepfather

Stepfather, the latest album from the West Coast pair of Thes One and Double K, is a big step away from their previous works in many respects that somehow manages to leave them right where they've always been.

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Saffire—the Uppity Blues Women: Deluxe Edition

Sassy, brassy, ballsy (wrong gender, I know), funny -- the apt description to encapsulate Saffire -- the Uppity Blues Women. This compilation keeps it real... humorous.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matchbook Romance: Voices

Emo-punk band reinvents themselves into moody, orchestral rock, and it works -- for the most part.

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