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Norfolk & Western: A Gilded Age

The troubles of the modern world, reflected in a thrift-store mirror with a gilded frame.

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22 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Wilders: Throw Down

A fine substitute for a live concert from Kansas City's finest hillbilly string band.

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The Forecast: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen

The Illinois underdogs turn down the angst and turn up the charm on a real beauty of a sophomore album.

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22 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: GommaGang 3

There's an alternate universe somewhere wherein disco is actively celebrated as a vital forebearer for modern dance music -- and it is this alternate universe that Gomma calls home.

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Paula Kelley: Some Suckers Life, Pt. 1

Amid the pros and cons, artists release their demos and "lost" recordings. The results are sometimes good, sometimes not. Let's talk about a collection you might like.

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The Submarines: Declare a New State

You could think of The Submarines as the diametric opposite of Jens Lekman. The former -- together, turning even lost love into happiness; the latter -- alone, managing to turn a sweet summer's night into a dense bed of sorrows.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dinosaur Jr.: Green Mind

Cleaned up a little but raging, alienated and freakin' loud as ever, J makes his uneasy peace with mass distribution.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Witch: Witch

Backward-looking heavy metal that stares its own ridiculousness in the face and never cracks a smile, but does churn out a mean groove.

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The Crooked Jades: World’s on Fire

There's a depth of quality, performance, and passion that makes this release a cross-generational, cross-genre charmer.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Girl Talk: Night Ripper

Sampling over 160 bands and artists on the new album, Girl Talk continues to push his way out of the space between DJ mix and mash-up and into territory all his own.

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Rhonda Vincent: All American Bluegrass Girl

Rhondomon: Inscrutable perspectives on a self-proclaimed All-American Bluegrass Girl... or, is there anyone who's really good? Maybe goodness is just make-believe.

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21 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shot X Shot: Shot X Shot

Five sustained extended performances, melodic, sensitive to timbre and phrasing, but improvised music of a demanding sort by two ace saxophonists, with bass and drums to match.

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20 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Diana Ross: blue

In an age where every other veteran artist seems to tackle the "Great American Songbook", Blue illustrates that Diana Ross met that challenge long before... and won.

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Thursday: A City By the Light Divided

Thursday makes a return with a melodic tour de force that's barely held back from emocore classic status. Not bad for a band that was about to break up before recording.

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Various Artists: Global Underground 10

Although it's still mostly an underground concern, you can walk into any Best Buy or Circuit City around the country and find the latest Global Underground mix. This is certainly progress, of a sort.

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Louis Logic & JJ Brown: Misery Loves Comedy

You know how contradictory we are in hip-hop. We are gluttons for punishment mixed into our pleasure. Happily, there's an album that'll give us equal doses of both.

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Rascal Flatts: Me and My Gang

More of the sweet, sweet same.

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The Bangkok Five: Whos Gonna Take Us Alive?

They might have toured Canada with the Cult, but the Bangkok Five are along the lines of the Strokes and the Killers, making for a string of rousing primal pleasers.

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Venice is Sinking: Sorry About the Flowers

Venice is Sinking strikes a perfect blend of honest, lush orchestral songcraft that's sadly missing from today's self-conscious music scene.

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20 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Diana Ross: blue

A lost 1972 album from the Motown superwoman is a categorical mistake.

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