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21 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tail Dragger: My Head Is Bald

Oh, Tail Dragger is an authentic blues man, all right; he studied with Howlin' Wolf, he's been playing in Chi forever, he's authentic as hell.

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The Society of Rockets: Where the Grass Grows Black

The Society of Rockets' progression since its debut album Sunset Homes is impressive and, honestly, more than a little scary.

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The progressive folk music band once put out an album only heard in Canada. Now that they have gathered a bigger audience, the disc has been re-released for the rest of us.

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21 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jeff Hanson is a lovely record that will not disappoint fans of his debut and can only serve to increase the popularity of this talented singer/songwriter.

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Guillermo Scott Herren’s new “mini-album” sounds to be entirely a reaction to his previous album, and a solid one at that. Even so, the two share a single damning trait...

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Grand National: Kicking the National Habit

It's an ‘80s summer album made 2000s-style, without the slightest regard for the aggressively jaunty dance-rock popularized by the slew of Brit indies hanging around.

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20 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sword: Age of Winters

The Sword’s debut does cater to the non-metal crowd, but contrary to what the cynics claim, doesn’t alienate metal fans one bit.

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Catherine Tuttle is a few years and few harsh break-ups away from true greatness.

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The jazz pianist and composer constructs an absorbing, career-summarizing fantasy soundtrack.

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Oysterband hire a hall, invite some musicians to jam, rehearse a little, and put on a show with songs about booze, love, and murder.

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As usual, Part 2 deviates from the norm, this time by releasing a solo album that somehow manages to be a completely collaborative effort.

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Australia's latest export fares well in their full-length debut.

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Join me on the murky banks of whatever river might exist in Sheffield. There we will find pheasant, green pheasant, and it will be folky and delicious.

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Bejar's career-defining seventh casts itself toward infinity…comes up aces.

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It's a no brainer. Even a five-year-old with a Casio could remix Billie Holiday and make it appealing.

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quio: Like Oooh

Quio comes off like the infuriating classmate who seems intent on proving that charm alone can pass classes -- sure, she may often be right, but what will she have accomplished?

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bellini: Small Stones

Small Stones manages to offer more than most records twice its length. It is a beautiful marriage of melody and dissonance.

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Juillerat climbed onto the world musical stage last year when she won a Unicef-run Björk remix contest with a sparse, ominous version of "Army of Me".

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While often handed the freak folk label, the trio of extended meditations here reveal Wooden Wand to exist on a different plane from the likes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsome, or even the more sonically adventurous Animal Collective.

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Three-disc compilation of defunct UK label collects 70 tracks of obscure folk and folk-rock from the '60s and '70s. Turtleneck sweaters, goatees, and flowers not included.

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