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Doleful Lions: Song Cyclops Volume Two

The sequel is usually never as good as the original. But Jonathan Scott hasn't really done anything that seems usual. The result is a very good collection of "throwaway" songs few would consider anything less than great.

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Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old

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Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:01 PM

Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.

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The Horrors: The Horrors EP

Release the bats! This debut EP by UK "band of the moment" is full of style over substance garage-rock, watered down, cartoon darkness -- and not a lot else.

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Black Label Society: Shot to Hell

"Does anyone have any jumper cables?"

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Isis: In the Absence of Truth

Even though Isis's musical progression is cautious at best, the band is still miles ahead of its peers.

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Killswitch Engage: As Daylight Dies

'The rise and fall of all we are stands here before us.'

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Various Artists: The In-Kraut Vol. 2

Marina Records goes back to the vaults to dig up another 20 rare and unreleased pop, funk, and acid-curious marching band music.

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell is either an annoying mockingbird or an amazing chameleon, depending upon how you happen to feel about his music.

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Cute Is What We Aim For: The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch

This group has much to say, but lacks the right words to say it all.

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Paul Brill: Harpooner

NYC songwriter leaves the guitar in its case in his fourth full-length, encasing sensitive lyrics in shimmering electro atmospheres.

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Stanton Moore: III

Some albums simply cannot be separated from the context of their creation, as Stanton Moore’s moving and ultimately triumphant tribute to his hometown of New Orleans makes clear.

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Hugo of Anthropia: A My Favourite Things Short Take: Iron Maiden for Maidens

One musician's method for converting the ladies and curing heavy metal loneliness.

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The Awkward Stage: Heaven Is for Easy Girls

With smart lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, lots of hooks, and an early autumn mood, Heaven Is for Easy Girls is a sure winner for lovers of indie pop everywhere.

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29 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?

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28 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Astronomy Class: Exit Strategy

You need more than just dub to differentiate yourself from the host of Australian hip hoppers making CDs in their b-e-drooms.

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Jeff Beck: Truth and Beck-Ola

The liner notes to these reissues find Beck to be proud, combative, honest, and reflective -- pretty much a parallel to the often fierce music on these seminal albums.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Softcomplex: Barcelona

An all too lightweight release from a so-called supergroup.

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