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11 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Converge: No Heroes

Yet another reminder of just how scarily talented this band is.

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Jim Jones: Hustlers P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Environment)

At its core, Dipset is about quantity over quality. When Jim Jones raps, it's more quantity than quality.

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Rediscover: Call Me When You Get This

At times, this is rather painful dance rock to listen to, going nowhere fast.

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Streamer / ER

Very nice trumpeter, tape loop conductor, virtuoso of "effects" and electronica, Norse lord of hypnotic realms.

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11 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Boom Pam: Boom Pam

Boom Pam has a way of taking old music and juicing it with new ingredients, finding a twist, an angle, that brings it to life and makes the audience forget that it's old.

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What Made Milwaukee Famous: Trying To Never Catch Up

Re-vamped reissue of the Austin band's self-produced debut is that indie album you've been dying to get excited about. What could've been an exercise in stylistic mimicry ends up as one of the year's best rock releases. Sweet!

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Some Action: The Band That Sucked the Life Out of Rock n Roll and Killed Itself in the Process

NYC punk rockers want to be your Joey Ramone... but fare best when they take things down a notch.

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The Inner Banks: The Inner Banks

The Inner Banks have crafted a gorgeous, warm, gently winding debut worth returning to again and again.

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10 Dec 2006 // 8:01 PM

Phonophani: Phonophani

After receiving a limited edition release in 1998, the self-titled album by Phonophani eventually became one of the most critically acclaimed electronic records ever to come

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Pete Townshend: Scoop / Another Scoop / Scoop 3

Townshend provides inessential but insightful look into his recording history.

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Michael Jackson: Visionary: The Video Singles

It's impossible to think of anything Jackson could do to stop the bleeding at this point. This ain't it, though.

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Summer Hymns: Backward Masks

Zachary Gresham's fourth full-length wraps edgy lyrics and complex instrumentation in silky smooth country rock textures.

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Tangerine Dream: The Essential Tangerine Dream

Justly named, this compilation from the peak era of electronic space rock pioneers Tangerine Dream tops all others in capturing the band's expansive, propulsive sound.

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Mark Helias and Open Loose: Atomic Clock

Tenor-bass-drums play every which way jazz can go in a session to match the best of 2006.

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Andrea Bocelli: Andrea Bocelli: Under the Desert Sky

Holiday season cash-grab from the Italian tenor pairs a CD of live versions and one or two unreleased duets with a PBS-aired concert from Lake Las Vegas.

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40 Watt Hype: Strong Feet on the Concrete

Fresno, California's recipe for spicing up the usual hip-hop dish -- a fistful of funk, a splash of R&B, a couple of guest chefs to play the brass, and a whole lotta funk.

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10 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Comfies: Close to Me

The Comfies are comfortable, almost too comfortable on some of these songs.

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7 Dec 2006 // 8:03 PM

Sprites: Modern Gameplay

Even if they write interesting lyrics, pop musicians will be destined for insignificance if their music is no good. Fortunately, Sprites demonstrate melodic gifts and

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7 Dec 2006 // 8:02 PM

Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter,

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Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.

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