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	Pinetop Seven: The Night’s Bloom

This band is hard to compare to others, because they're quite unlike so many others.

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	Old 97s: Alive and Wired

The sweaty beautiful mess of the Old 97s in concert is finally captured on disc.

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	Willie Hightower: Willie Hightower

Hightower's story seems to be one of 'wrong song, wrong time' as his brand of gospel-infused soul, despite a few charting singles, gave way to other '70s styles, creating the misfortune of premature commercial obsolescence.

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	Test Icicles: For Screening Purposes Only

Try as he might, Robertson can't warm to these hyped UK youngsters.

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	Phosphorescent: Aw Come Aw Wry

Looking for something authentic? Be careful what you wish for.

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	Maximum Joy: Unlimited (1979-1983)

The group's use of complex percussion, horns, danceable bass lines, and overtly English female vocals built a bridge between the worlds of Afrobeat, reggae, avant-garde jazz, funk, and pop.

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	The (International) Noise Conspiracy: Armed Love

Rick Rubin leads the rocking Swedes to their demise.

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7 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Holy Fuck: Holy Fuck

Given the band's name, this might be the most expletive-filled review you'll read all year.

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	Budoár Staré Dámy: My O Vlku

Their sound is more sparkly and weird than other Czech rock/jazz/pop/etc. Cibula has heard.

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7 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

Kevin Blechdom: Eat My Heart Out

Kevin Blechdom undresses her choir in an electro musical about long-distance crushes, unrequited love, and nitrous-huffing. The results are as frightening and intriguing as the album cover.

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	Pete Townshend: Gold

Another package for Who fans? Sure, why not.

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6 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Skalpel: Konfusion

Many electronic artists work in the gray areas separating jazz from hip-hop and electronic music, but few do so as effectively, or should I say invisibly, as Skalpel.

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6 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Statistics: Often Lie

A solid, yet somewhat innocuous outing from Desaparecidos cofounder Denver Dalley.

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	Popstar Assassins: Moderne

The determination and dreams of DIY bands are alluring, but indie rock will eat itself.

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	Dave Liebman, Steve Smith, Eydin Esen, Anthony Jackson: Flashpoint

Fusion forward -- Dave Liebman fronts a musical version of That '70s Show.

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	Talib Kweli: Right About Now

Right About Now is Kweli's attempt to free himself from the burden of expectations, and just make music.

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	Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom: The Days of Mars

Strip away all the fun from LCD Soundsytem, extricate the funk from The Juan Maclean, put Black Dice on downers, and what's left? DFA's most leftfield manifestation yet.

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6 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Beck: Guerolito

Rock's resident chameleon has his latest album remixed by the likes of Air, Diplo, Boards of Canada, and the Beastie Boys' Adrock.

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	Various Artists: Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar

Touted as a reference work, it's nearly complete as a list of names, and some samples from unknowns might inspire Amazonian voyages. But can four CDs manage everything this set claims to be?"

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	Various Artists: Only in Canada, EH: 77-81

Not all Canadian kids listened to Rush during the late 1970s, as this superb anthology of Canadian punk rock proves.

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