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16 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wagëblë: Sénégal

Their album may be Sénégal, but their emotion is universal.

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16 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Congotronics

Six new bands help Konono No. 1 expand the sound of the Congo street aesthetic.

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Tom Brosseau: What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye

These songs are grounded in the reality of life, reducing complex ideas to the simpler terms in which we process them.

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Bedsit Poets: Summer that Changed

Sleepy melodies and Dreamy lyrics. If there is an album of lullabies for adults, this may be it

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Tha Alkaholiks: Firewater

They've been around for thirteen years, but Tha Liks would have you know they haven't changed.

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15 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gregor Samsa: 55:12

Gregor Samsa create long, moody indie-ambient landscapes in which occasional monsters spring out at you.

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15 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sound Mirrors is the sound of two old friends having an absolute blast creating some stellar music. Who could expect anything less?

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15 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: States of Abuse

Record Label Entartete Kunst turns protest into art, but its latest release is heavy on politics and light on rap. The trick is to find the balance.

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15 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tarkio: Omnibus

Aww…Colin Meloy's baby pictures.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The ghost of Frank Zappa looms large over the latest project from ex-Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway

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Shawn Mullins: Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor

Mullins may still be well beneath the radar, but his strong Crescent City-themed set suggests everything’s gonna be alright.

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Ghislain Poirier: Breakupdown

Ghislain Poirier has mostly succeeded in crafting a tight and satisfying sonic experience.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

J Dilla: Donuts

The last album of a tragically-fallen legend is a tour de force of brilliant beats and unbelievable subtleties, wild experimentation and great production; but no, the title has no deeper meaning. In the label's own words, "Dilla likes donuts".

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Black Wire: Black Wire

The band whose performance inspired the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict a Riot" look to carve out their own success, but are less successful at it.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Nintendo rock! Get off your couch, put down your controller and dance.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sam Champion: Slow Rewind

New York band prove themselves worthy Malkmus-worshipping balladeers, if only they’d ditch the feedback.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

A soft, sensual masterpiece of muted bossa nova from this NY-by-way-of-Rio songwriter

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The Beatings: Holding on to Hand Grenades

Boston's art punks conjure up the ghost of that city's '80s college rock heyday

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13 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Music critic tries to branch out with his own music and turns musician. Can it be? Yes, and it can be good too.

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Cloak-N-Dagga: Def Con Zero

As Canibus continues to fight a losing battle with his own skills, he brings Phoenix Orion on board to form Cloak-N-Dagga, rap's newest dynamic duo.

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