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Houseguest: High Strangeness

Houseguest has the legs to be more than just another legendary local band, and if their association with the Black Keys gets their foot in the door, more power to them.

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The Antiques: Nicknames and Natives

The Antiques are the musically serene country cousins of the raunchy Americana-fuelled folk-rock sound brought to the indie stage by bands like My Morning Jacket and the Kings of Leon.

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Benjy Ferree: Leaving The Nest

Benjy Ferree has a style so fun that you can help but crack a grin. It’s terribly fabulous, criminally infectious, and so frickin’ simple

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

The DTs: Nice n Ruff

All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.

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Rhapsody of Fire: Triumph or Agony

It's all so silly, but just admit it, you secretly kind of dig it.

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J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido

Cale and Clapton are together again. Many of the songs presented will have you hooked into the wee hours of the morning.

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Christ.: Blue Shift Emissions

Boards of Who?! Christ. pulls an incredibly beautiful and individual follow-up album out of the bag, one which should go a long way towards relieving him of his BOC albatross.

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Norfolk & Western: The Unsung Colony

Two elaborately crafted folk-rock albums in one year? HA! I'll review this one in 2007!

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eminem: Eminem Presents the Re-Up

The Re-Up is a mix of vintage Eminem production and lyric spitting combined with his only real weakness: the tendency to regress and play down to his crew of less talented jokesters.

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Mark Mallman: Between the Devil and the Middle C

If this were 1970, Mark Mallman would have his own plane, a stack of gold records and an endless supply of groupies. This late in the day, his glam rock, hard-soul anthems cut very close to parody.

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As Tall as Lions: As Tall as Lions

With soaring melodies, lush arrangements and great songs, the self-titled album by As Tall as Lions should make the band the pride of the independent music scene.

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Saborit: Que Linda Es Mi Cuba

This tres guitar has the sharpest metallic jangle you can imagine, and the claves knock like knuckles on a hollow door.

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:04 PM

The Aquarium: The Aquarium

All told, these 11 instrumental and vocal cuts form the type of innovative album that restores your faith in independent music.

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Giant Squid: Metridium Fields

Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.

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Caroline Vinciguerra: Bored and Gorgeous

Before picking up a guitar last year and heading into Blacklodge Studios, Caroline Vinciguerra was a down-on-her-luck actress whose on-screen highlight came in 1993 when she

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Wednesday 13: Fang Bang

Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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The Music Machine: The Ultimate Turn On

This two-disc re-reissue of the Music Machine's groundbreaking debut proves the band was as innovative as any in the 1960s.

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Nas: Hip Hop Is Dead

In a fall where many stumbled and even Jay-Z slipped up, Nas is back with a record for history.

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jackie Mittoo: Wishbone

By age 23, the reggae legend had grown out of Studio One and wanted to chart his own territory as a more mainstream solo artist. He did this by moving to... Canada -- and here's the postcard.

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Ariesta Birawa Group: Vol. 1, Indonesia

Ariesta Birawa Group sounds moderately-paced, good-humoured, and more conservative than the Beatles.

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