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	Bob Dylan: The Best of Bob Dylan

Though not at all essential for Dylan fans, this is an extremely well executed one-disc rundown of Dylan's career for new listeners.

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	Various Artists: Got Purp? Vol. II

Bubba Sparxxx and Killer Mike, are cut from the same cloth as Big Boi, and their tracks here could have appeared on Speakerboxxx. But most of the songs here sound totally different than anything on that record or even The Love Below.

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	Various Artists: Pingipung Plays the Piano

The piano is quite possibly the most diverse and multifaceted musical instruments in the history of the world, so it should come as no surprise that even an ostensibly experimental label would be drawn to its sonic possibilities.

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20 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Viva K: Viva K

Electro-dance-rock outfit make the most of a record that recalls Blondie, some art rock units and a new band with the initials FF. No, not the Foo Fighters...

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	Matt Pond PA: Several Arrows Later

A middle of the road batch of well-constructed pop songs that will disappear in a puff of musical notes seconds after they're played.

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	Johnny Society: Coming to Get You

A CD that sounds like bar band classic rock. Only it ain't classic, and the rocking ability is hidden under labored lyrics.

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	Nachito Herrera: Bembé en Mi Casa

Herrera played Rachmaninov in his native Cuba, and these days he plays virtuoso Cuban in his adopted Minnesota. Omnivorous, over-versatile, on occasion overbearing -- with plush booklet on the overdone side.

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	Karl Broadie: Nowhere, Now Here

Far removed from his Down Under homeland of beer, footy, and Vegemite, Karl Broadie has actually crafted one of the finer examples of Americana of the past few years.

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	Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno: Iao Chant from the Cosmic Inferno

For those uninitiated into the world of these prolific Japanese space-rockers, Iao Chant... is as decent a place as any to start; but if you proceed, do so with incredible caution.

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	Various Artists: Freude-Am-Tanzen: Compilation 1

Freude-Am-Tanzen represents a slightly more pop-oriented application of the same minimal techno aesthetic that made Kompakt so succesful.

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	Snowglobe: Doing the Distance

Indulge your inner child and satisfy your outer adult with Snowglobe's ever-shifting pop rock.

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17 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Speedy: Nueva Generación

Is Speedy the greatest talent in reggaetón? No; that would probably be Daddy Yankee or Tego Calderón. But neither of those two have

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	The Life and Times: Suburban Hymns

This is what real 'alternative music' sounds like.

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	Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged

Feminem? M.I.A. in a cheeky kinda way? Ch-ching go the banks, but S-O-V gets the last laugh. All told in a letter from one concerned Blahberian.

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	Jens Lekman: Oh, You’re So Silent Jens

The latest collection of previously released songs by the prodigious Swede features some of his best material so far.

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	Davy Graham: Large As Life and Twice As Natural

A masterwork of psychedelic English folk music from the '60s has been handsomely reissued.

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	Amusement Parks on Fire: Amusement Parks on Fire

Having heard this album, you might be tempted to give the guy responsible a million dollars. 'Nuff said.

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17 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	AZ: A.W.O.L.

AZ is a ninja-Zorro-pirate-samurai-Neo-Tony Montana-Shaft-ass mofo on the mic, for serious!"

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	Various Artists: Fusion For Miles: A Guitar Tribute

I would not have thought that later Miles could ever be turned into Muzak -- that isn't exactly what happened here, but it comes frighteningly close in places.

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16 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Xiu Xiu: Life and Live

Xiu Xiu flourishes as it wades through layers of childish cries with unabashedly candid mutterings and confrontational arrangements.

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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