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Afterhours: Ballads for Little Hyenas

Too long overlooked in US and UK markets, Afterhours is finally coming available to the rest of us who would appreciate them.

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Various Artists: Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1

Outrage and tight production form a revolutionary combo on Guerilla Funk's latest sonic war cry.

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Some by Sea: On Fire (Igloo)

A wordy but worthy release from Seattle songsmiths Some by Sea generates some energy but loses some momentum due to the sheer length. My igloo did not catch fire.

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Magnetophone: The Man Who Ate the Man

British duo returns with a new album, taking snippets from rock and British or Celtic folk for some unique and pleasing electronica-laced tracks.

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Loose Fur: Born Again in the USA

The Raccoonists are back!

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Ursula 1000: Here Comes Tomorrow

It's a party! And you're invited! Just don't expect to meet the host.

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Hall Ranaldo Hooker: Oasis of Whispers

The kind of album that goes below the radar both sonically and commercially, this Sonic Youth side project by guitarist Lee Ranaldo, multi-instrumentalist Glen Hall, and free-jazz drummer William Hooker is destined to be rescued from obscurity fifty years from now as a long-lost whisper from the past.

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22 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hotel Lights: Hotel Lights

Wistful and understated, the debut album by former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jesse and his band is often subtly beautiful; sometimes it's nice to feel lonely.

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22 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ester Drang: Rocinate

This Oklahoma trio's sophomore album is an gorgeous Faberge egg of an album, that when split open, reveals nothing inside.

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The Witnesses: Black Eyes and White Lies

There are thousands of no-frills rock bands in the New York City area, but the Witnesses might be the only ones you should care about.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stereo Total: Juke Box Alarm

Berlin's Stereo Total, despite the bloops and blips, are most importantly students of classic rock and roll.

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Béla Fleck: Crossing the Tracks

Even when Béla Fleck was a mere tyke in the music industry, he was already starting to take his banjo on journeys off the bluegrass trail. Here's where his story begins.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

MC Lars: The Graduate

It's pretty amazing that someone presumably serious about launching a career as a rapper would publicly cite Weird Al as an influence. What do you make of that?

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Band of Horses: Everything All the Time

Still in their early stages, you can tell that the Horses have more to offer. Someday they’ll be at full gallop. Here, they're just at a trot.

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Cadence: Songs of Vice & Virtue

The high points of the album are very high indeed, and show the depth of Cadence's raw potential to succeed, but for every highlight there's a forgettable track blended in.

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Feathermerchants: Last Man On Earth

Soothing and powerful, this New York group makes sweeping and sometimes majestic pop songs with all the softness and delicate touches of a feather.

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Buckwheat Zydeco: 100% Fortified Zydeco

Hot accordion and organ playing, workin' the rubboard, snaky guitar lines... it's a beautiful thing.

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20 Mar 2006 // 3:00 PM

	Stereo Total, My Melody

Ah, more inspired Europop lunacy from Berlin’s finest, Stereo Total. Not much has changed since Stereo Total’s U.S. debut effort last year,

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Greg Summerlin: The Young Meteors

On his sophomore effort, pop-rocker Greg Summerlin offers simple pleasures with a fatal flaw.

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The Sounds: Dying to Say This to You

The Sounds finds a delicate balance by balancing their delicacy.

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