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Various artists: Beyond Istanbul

Traditional Turkish sounds, spliced with dance, electronic music, rap, rock, and (shudder!) ska. Not for anyone who likes their world music straight ... but an interesting glimpse into the ways that old instruments, rhythms, and chords can be coaxed into the shiny new century.

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Dean & Britta: Back Numbers

Bouncing back from Luna's breakup, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips return with an incredibly strong set of new songs and obscure covers.

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Steve Kuhn Trio: Live at Birdland

Mature, classic piano trio jazz: vintage stuff.

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The Soul of John Black: The Good Girl Blues

The red-gloved lady on the liner front evokes the old sexist “when she’s bad, she’s wonderful” line rather than any conventional goodness. As

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Minus the Bear: Interpretaciones del Oso

At times deviating wildly from the source material, this remix collection is a mostly successful rocktronica reconstruction of Minus the Bear's excellent Menos el Oso album.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia

A conversation. World Music Network Overlord, Phil Stanton: I am sad. Minions, gladden me. Minion no. 1: Latin-Arabian music will make you happy, O Lord. World

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Delbert McClinton: Live from Austin, TX

Lubbock, Texas native Delbert McClinton has been serving up a steamy mess of soulful country blues since the ‘50s and still rocks out today. However

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Amy Duncan: Pilgrimage

Amy Duncan won’t bowl you over with a strong voice, but there’s an almost jazzy quality in her British folk/singer-songwriter songs that

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Tia Carrera: self-titled

When the best you can say for an album is that one track incorporates an organ, there's something wrong.

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Serengeti: Noticeably Negro

In hip-hop, the culture is represented by two distinct but equally important groups: the mainstream rappers at major labels and the underground rappers who focus on street cred. These are their stories. [Chong Chong]

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John Sebastian: John B. Sebastian / Tarzana Kid / Welcome Back

Collectors Choice has cleaned up the masters and re-presented Sebastian's solo CDs to the boomer audience that didn't purchase them the first time around.

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Various Artists: Superstars of the 80s: Volumes 1-3

Time Life's three-disc compilation of '80s hits delivers some of the best and worst of the decade while still playing it safe.

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Larry Williams: Specialty Profiles

Profiles is, top-to-bottom, the best Larry Williams disc on the market for anyone with a less-than-fanatical interest in the man's work.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Ballaké Sissoko: Tomora

Mali's kora is an aristocratic instrument and Djelimoussa Ballaké Sissoko is one of the expert players.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Laibach: Volk

Volk shows that anthems are statements of defiance as much as of pride, expressions of the will of a country's people to die for the sake of a geographical and ideological boundary.

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Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue has the undiminished ability to break through the clouds with plenty of "Mr. Blue Sky" joy.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: Rocky Balboa

Much like the fictional Rocky character, this movie music has staying power.

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Starless & Bible Black: Starless & Bible Black

Bridging British folk tradition, jazzy chord changes and electronic distortion, the debut album from this French/UK trio fluctuates between good and very good. 

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Fats Domino: Live from Austin, TX

No one embodies that New Orleans rock and roll sound more than Fats Domino. He had his first hits way back in the early ‘50s

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Various Artists: Elaste Vol. 1: Slow Motion Disco

Aah, the good old, blissful nights spent dancing to the far-out electronic sounds at the Discoteca Cosmic on the Adriatic Coast of Italy in the

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