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Monk’s Music Trio: Monk’s Bones

MMT delivers another solid batch of Monk's music, this time aided and abetted by the trombones of Max Perkoff and Roswell Rudd.

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Simple Minds: Black & White 050505

Cynics beware: this is not a band cashing in and checking out, or a band trying to recapture any past cultural significance; it's a band that still has something to say and a beautiful way of saying it.

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Various: Sand & Steel: The Classic Sound of Jamaican Steel Drums

Two hours of the steel drum? Yes, but be careful not to indulge both discs at one sitting. A fine introduction to this often underappreciated instrument.

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The Dirtbombs: If You Don’t Already Have a Look

Like the tiger doesn’t belong in that cage, the Dirtbombs don’t belong underground.

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The Green Pajamas: 21st Century Séance

Watch out, Bono. While you've been busy in Africa, This Seattle band has been stealing your moody pop.

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Julia Sarr and Patrice Larose: Set Luna

Set Luna is an album of serene, sweet-natured flamenco with a strong West African twist.

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Patty Hurst Shifter: Too Crowded on the Losing End

Neat riffs! Brilliant and depressing words! That’s yer Patty Hurst Shifter, right there.

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The Ark: State of the Ark

Swedish glam-rockers serve tacks in their dessert.

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Love Story in Blood Red: Love Story in Blood Red

Ex-Means singer Jason Frederick turns from blues-garage stomp to twitchy, sardonic pop.

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Various: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

60-song companion set to PBS special that gives an entertaining, if not always educational, listen.

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Various: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974

Marina Records reaches into the vaults of time to offer up 20 kraut-a-delic ditties from Germany's dalliance with British mod and American counterculture.

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The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out

Not ones to be bashful or to hold back, Brighton’s The Kooks open with a whiplash-inducing clutch of certain singles.

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24 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lil’ Wayne: Tha Carter II

He really IS the best rapper alive, at least when he tries.

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Various Artists: Dream Brother

For all the good intentions radiating from Dream Brother, the Buckleys' story gets a bit muddled.

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24 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Dufilho: John Dufilho

It's best to think of John Dufilho's first solo record as a safety release valve for his main band, the Deathray Davies

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Shakeyface: Bicycle Day Boogaloo

Shakeyface sure knows how to bookend an album -- he’ll really be in business when he can figure out what to put in the middle.

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24 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Väsen: Live In Japan

Väsen crosses the formal skill of a chamber orchestra with the dynamism of a folk band and comes up with a wonderful live recording.

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23 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Clearlake: Amber

On this anticipated follow-up, the once-gloomy Clearlake sacrifices some mood for some rock, but only the guitars get happy about it.

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23 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various: Doo-Wop Forever

Independent label music by alternative artists from the past shows that rock and roll will never die as long as record companies can make a profit repackaging it.

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Panic! at the Disco: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Pretty boys in fancy suits want to make you dance to their heartbreak. Please refrain.

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