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22 Nov 2006 // 4:01 AM

Eric Chenaux: Dull Lights

Desolation never tasted so sweet.

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New London Fire: I Sing the Body Holographic

Electro-pop with a combination of Depeche Mode aesthetics and Oasis sensibilities.

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The Low Lows: Fire on the Bright Sky

On their final album, the duo of Parker & Lily recorded a ballad called “The Low Lows”, all shivery keyboards, barely breathed, slumberous vocals and

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:01 PM

Jay-Z: Kingdom Come

Jay-Z has pulled off the world's best example of "shooting oneself in the foot": making a really really good record about how that particular record is the best ever.

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Starflyer 59: My Island

On album number ten, Jason Martin shows that he can play guitar and, y'know, rock. If only he had written some lyrics to go along with those tunes.

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Laurent Garnier: Retrospective

The variety of styles presented on Retrospective is wide enough to easily make the case for Garnier as one of the most visionary dance producers of the last 20 years.

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

MXPX: Let’s Rock

MXPX rocks hard, and sometimes hardly rocks.

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Silk: Always & Forever

There's a right way and a wrong way to do a cover. More than that, there's a thin line between the two.

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Isobel Campbell: Milkwhite Sheets

Think earth, sky, wind, water, but don't forget the human component. The music may be dreamy, but it's always passionate.

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Massiv in Mensch: Clubber Lang

Clubber Lang is the closest Massiv in Mensch has ever come to a pop masterpiece, but don't count on crossover success for the German electronic duo.

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Swollen Members: Black Magic

For a band whose name should imply otherwise, Swollen Members' latest album is oddly flaccid.

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Electrelane: Singles, B Sides and Live

Not only an opportunity for fans to get their mitts on hard-to-find material, but a damn fine 'Beginner's Guide to Electrelane' in the bargain.

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Third Wheel: On Account of the Atmosphere

Chicago’s Third Wheel was founded by two life-long friends, Jeremy Babcock and Shawn Schlag, who’ve been performing under that moniker for over a

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Inca Ore: The Birds in the Bushes

Inca Ore and Lemon Bear get together and put on a clinic in difficult listening.

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20 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

El Michels Affair: The PJs

Chef Raekwon gets the live treatment.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Matthew Herbert: 100 lbs

Matthew Herbert's re-issued 1996 debut is interesting from a historical point of view, but it's the bonus disc on this K7 release that's the major payoff

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis

Jarvis is a deliciously dark, funny and acidic record that stands up to anything from Pulp's heyday. It's good to have him back.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Nanci Griffith: Rubys Torch

The Texas folkie with strings, completing her transformation into something studied and stodgy.

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The Figgs: Follow Jean to the Sea

Ten CDs and two decades into their cultish career, the Figgs parlay power chords, surging choruses and twitchy sarcasm into an exuberant pop rock cocktail.

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Fear Before the March of Flames: The Always Open Mouth

The Always Open Mouth is, more or less, an amalgam of separate ideas, none of which seem to pan out.

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