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Aleuchatistas: What You Will

Instrumental post-jazz-whatever rockers offer riffs and revolution.

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pharrell: In My Mind

Pharrell has in the past few years endeavored to pitch himself as an average schmoe, a N*E*R*D, a guy just like you n' golly gosh me -- he goes far enough to include in the tray art a pint-size pixilated version of himself reporting: "Wealth is of the heart and mind, not of the pocket."

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Iran

A new Rough Guide opens a window on an unfamiliar culture and reveals rich musical traditions.

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Adam Green: Jacket Full of Danger

Adam Green wants to be your Elvis, your Paul Simon, your Jim Morrison, your Sammy Davis, Jr., and your Raffi, all at once.

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Dave Alvin: West of the West

Dave Alvin is like a history teacher with a guitar. But instead of penning his own history textbook, he's given us lessons through other people's words with this CD. If history was this entertaining back when I attended high school, I probably wouldn't have fallen asleep so often in class.

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Medeski, Martin & Wood: Note Bleu

MMW's jammy Blue Note years, collected, with the addition of several unreleased tracks and a DVD of the band live-in-grooveloving-concert

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tapes ‘n Tapes: The Loon

Every little cog of this great piece of indie-rock machinery is, of course, some PR person's wet dream.

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New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

A band that is only one-third New York Dolls -- no matter how good their intentions -- still sounds like it.

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Robert Earl Keen: Live at the Ryman

Live at the Ryman captures Keen on a good night performing before an enthusiastic crowd. However, Keen's songs aren't necessarily improved when played before a live audience.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Terry Smith: Fall Out

Originally recorded in 1968, this is the first-ever CD release of a jazz solo album by the guitarist for the short-lived British rock/jazz band If.

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Boston: Boston / Don’t Look Back

Three decades after exploding on the pop-rock scene with Boston and Don't Look Back, Tom Scholz brings us his band's first two albums in remastered form.

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Quantic: An Announcement to Answer

Will Holland, a.k.a. Quantic, returns with a funky musical travelogue packed with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean.

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Various Artists: Alligator Records 35X35

In 1971, US astronauts drove a Moon Rover along the lunar surface, Phillips introduced a crazy little thing called the VCR, and -- oh yeah -- Alligator Records released a Hound Dog Taylor LP, thus entering the blues music business.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Geka: Station

Eight fragile songs for sitting alone and staring out the window.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jurassic 5: Feedback

With their third full-length release, Feedback, Jurassic 5 won't disappoint fans, but they all but guarantee that they'll never produce the 'Future Sound' they've been promising for the last decade.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tom Petty: Highway Companion

"Ankle Deep" conjures up a pretty lively harmonic resemblance to Steve Goodman's "You Never Even Called Me By My Name", which, in the context of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' biting of "Dani Califonia", turns this sentence quickly into a fun game of Six Degrees of Tom Petty.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tomcraft: Hyper Sexy Conscious

There isn't a single track on the entire album that manages to rise above the level of tepid familiarity.

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Various Artists: Easy to be Free

Although this 20-track tribute album doesn't contain any big stars, the selections include material from every phase of Nelson's career and reveal the depth of his talents.

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Cloudland Canyon: Requiems Der Natur, 2002-2004

Ex-Panthers spazz rocker joins German experimentalist to make surreally beautiful meditations on music, noise and the natural world.

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Archie Bronson Outfit: Derdang Derdang

Garage-rock of the sometimes swampy, sometimes sappy variety.

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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