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Chris Thile: How to Grow a Woman From the Ground

The Nickel Creek front man and mandolin marvel drops back for a relatively traditional bluegrass date, featuring other young hotshots and a couple of modern rock covers with a Kentucky tinge.

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Hello Stranger: Hello Stranger

A disappointing debut from another Californian 1980s revivalist troupe.

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The Zutons: Tired of Hanging Around

Influences like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the Jam all congeal together in perfect proportions on this great sophomore release from Liverpool indie-rockers the Zutons.

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Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse: Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the

Campy sex jokes with a sunshine pop smile covering some twisted, possibly damned, souls.

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20 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Anne Ducros: PIANO, piano

A top French jazz vocalist strangles a string of the usual standards, with Chick Corea and Jacky Terrason aiding and abetting on some tracks

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Theater Fire: Everybody Has a Dark Side

Dallas traditionalists fuse country, folk, mariachi and the modern world in carefully crafted songs.

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20 Sep 2006 // 5:00 AM

The Avatars: Never a Good Time

Contrary to its title, listening to the new album by catchy punk rockers the Avatars is a rip-roarin' great time from start to finish.

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Boat: Songs That You Might Not Like

Appealing DIY debut from messy, sloppy, personality-filled indie pop group

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20 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lataye: Tou Manbre

Mellow, reggae-influenced, Haitian Afro-rock with touches of old-school electric guitar and keyboard.

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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Gold

You can count the number of songwriters who have matched Robinson's achievements on the fingers of one stump.

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Bound Stems: Appreciation Night

Take Pavement's arch sloppiness and cross it with post-rock's abstraction, apply for a library card and toss in a couple of Prozac et voila: the Bound Stems.

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Stereolab: Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

Stereolab's discography is a maze, and this is meant as a guidebook. But it's missing a few pages, at least.

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Our Brother the Native: Tooth and Claw

Teenagers get artsy, and with it, pretentious and boring.

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Amen Andrews: Amen Andrews Vs. Spac Hand Luke

Luke Vibert dons the camouflage for his latest project: a visceral, sometimes compelling Scarface done electronica style.

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Jim Lauderdale: Country Super Hits Volume One

If one heard this album on a crowded dance floor or a noisy barroom where the words were indistinct, one would be mightily impressed with Lauderdale’s overall grace and style.

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Mia Doi Todd: La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita

Underappreciated Los Angeles singer-songwriter experiments with remixing, to, well, mixed results.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jonny Lang: Turn Around

Who knew that his music would get better with time, or that he'd prove himself not only as a talented guitarist, but as a solid songwriter and vocalist?

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Artimus Pyledriver: Artimus Pyledriver

An album like this should leave us happier than a hog knee-deep in slop, but instead, we realize we're surrounded by nothing but, well ... slop.

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19 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Finches: Six Songs EP

Simple but assured, this EP sets the stage for a promising career from the Finches.

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19 Sep 2006 // 9:00 PM

Radio Birdman makes welcome return -- and reminds us why rock 'n' roll has survived for half a century -- on Zeno Beach.

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