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Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Darkel: Darkel

First solo release from one half of French electro merchants Air suggests he should stick to instrumentals or let someone else take over vocal duties.

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Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

On this tuneful 1976 gem, the streetwise, gender-bending rebel revealed that all he really wanted was to "play football for the coach".

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Who: Endless Wire

The Who are still very good and just as relevant as ever.

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Robin Thicke: The Evolution of Robin Thicke

Thicke gets a new name, adopts a new sound, and uses what's already known to craft an enjoyable second album.

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Colour Revolt: Colour Revolt EP

Colour Revolt, a new band out of Oxford, Mississippi, get a re-release of their debut EP through Tiny Evil after a limited release at the

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Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band: Whereas

Modern bop, live in Minnesota! Yup -- and it's great.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to West African Gold

For someone who wants to hear a good sampler that includes enough of the essentials to keep a newcomer informed, but doesn't retread tunes that will bore old-timers, The Rough Guide to West African Gold hits the nail on the head.

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Hector Bambino El Father: Los Rompe Discotekas

Reggaetón has an achilles' heel, and it is very much on display here.

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Myra Melford: The Image of Your Body

If you like a little hard-hitting adventure in your jazz, this album is artful and intelligent. And, oh yes, it definitely swings.

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20 Oct 2006 // 5:00 AM

Devastations: Coal

Devastations, a band of Australians living in Berlin, attempt the depth of the Dirty Three and Liars on their sophomore album, Coal—and end up

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20 Oct 2006 // 3:00 AM

Branches: Grown In You

As the name implies, this band's tree has many roots and varied shoots.

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20 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Theo Angell: Dearly Beloved

Hall of Fame founder Theo Angell mines deep lodes of folk, blues and spiritual music in this eccentrically powerful solo album.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela: Rodrigo y Gabriela

The album is a slap in the face for every rock star who has ever decided to arrange acoustic versions of their songs and forgotten that "acoustic" doesn't necessarily mean "slow and boring".

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Bright Eyes: Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998 – 2005)

Rewarding hodge-podge of treasure and trash continues the journey of Bright Eyes.

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The Drugstore Cowboys: Chapter 3006

Electroclash or industrial, either way, there's a little too much drugstore and not enough cowboy here.

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19 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Sails: The Sails

Being an excellent power pop band is great and all, but is it enough anymore?

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Chic: Definitive Groove

For fans and newcomers, and even those who might have dismissed Chic's work in the past, Definitive Groove is nothing short of revelatory.

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Various Artists: Rogues Gallery

Aarrrggh, ye mateys, this here's buried treasure: a Hal Wilner-produced collection of bawdy sea chanteys and pirate songs by big stars, such as Sting, Bono, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave, and Richard Thompson -- but the Popeye-voiced Baby Gramps steals the ship and leads us to uncharted waters of resistance.

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Fats Waller: If Youve Got To Ask, You Aint Got It

Three discs of old-time bliss -- one of the greats at his greatest.

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