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Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sodastream: Reservations

Maturing Australian folk-pop band Sodastream is still able to pen haunting melody cloaked in warm, organic instrumentation.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Johan: THX JHN

An utterly appealing blend of driving pop guitars, melodies that you never quite see coming before they hit you, and smarter lyrics than you might expect. [PopMatters Pick]

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Tommy Guerrero: From the Soil to the Soul

Skating legend Tommy Guerrero handles his bass as skillfully as his board, but the most inspiring part of his album is the passion he demonstrates for music.

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Count Bass D: Act Your Waist Size

D echoes a highly suspicious style on his third official release.

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Ima Robot: Monument to the Masses

This isn’t the first time you feel like a great opportunity is squandered.

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Michel Camilo and Tomatito: Spain Again

Seven years after their album Spain, a second virtuoso and sensitive distillation from the flamenco guitarist and the Dominican pianist.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Yodel

By the end we're left in no doubt that Plantega sees American yodelling as the most significant yodelling on the planet, and while this is going to leave people from other parts of the world feeling ignored, at least it means that we get to hear a good selection of cowboy songs.

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Various Artists: Fuzzy-Felt Folk

From instrumental themes of 1960s British kiddie shows to charming little ditties about elves and trolls, this loopy, endearing collection has been lovingly assembled by

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Holy Shit: Stranded at Two Harbors

With a crackling collection of shambolic pop, Holy Shit prove as endearingly sophomoric as their name.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Sister Hazel: Absolutely

If you yearn for a return to the sensitive-guys-with-guitars movement of the late '90s, Absolutely is your ticket home.

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Sloan: Never Hear the End of It

Onward to infinity... the melodies and rock-star poses never stop, and neither do the emotions.

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Keefe Jacksons Fast Citizens: Ready Everyday

Well-grounded improvisations from an ensemble of all-star musicians looking to find balance between freedom and composure.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

What went wrong with Testify?

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Incognito: Bees+Things+Flowers

Bees+Things+Flowers evokes the invincible summer in listeners, irrespective of equatorial vantage point.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Incubus: Light Grenades

Light Grenades might actually be the album that could make people stop wishing that Incubus was the band it used to be.

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Various Artists: Crunk Hits Vol. 2

It's hard to be stupid in a smart way, that much easier to just be stupid.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rafael Toral: Space

Portuguese electronic composer (and Rhys Chatham collaborator) Rafael Toral ponders the unpredictability of synthesized sound and the emptiness of deep space in three extended pieces.

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Ladyfinger (ne): Heavy Hands

Sound and fury, without enough fury.

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