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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Annuals: Be He Me

At best an ambitious amalgamation of impeccably curated influences, Annuals' debut fails to endear or distinguish itself.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Joanna Newsom: Ys

And we all fall down slack-jawed to marvel at Joanna Newsom.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Enigma: A Posteriori

Enigma? You betcha. Only this latest riddle is trapped inside a problem of going to the well 12 too many times with a formula that, while interesting at times, is just far too stoic and stale.

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Whitey: The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train

The problem with constructing a sound almost exclusively out of obvious influences is that it's easy to become defined by a tame sense of craftsmanship.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Mark Feldman: What Exit

Downtown violinist supreme makes his ECM debut.

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African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track

To walk the path from the Upsetta to Electronica, you must get Off The Beaten Track.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Giuseppe Andrews: Giants

Like listening to the soundtrack to a primal scream session, or cracking open a crazy man's cranium and sneaking a peak inside, this twisted troubadour crafts one of the most satisfying -- and ominous -- soundscapes in recent memory.

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Skip Heller: Mean Things Happening in This Land

Organ, guitar, and drums has been a standard hack format, so perhaps it's another quirk of Heller's to use it for something quirkily interesting.

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10 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest

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Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant

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9 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.

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Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?

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The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America

From bar band to arena-ready rockers, the Hold Steady reach near-Springsteenian heights on their third album.

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Bryan Estepa: All The Bells And Whistles

Aussie artist Bryan Estepa sounds like he's grown up on a healthy dose of The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Tartit: Abacabok

Comparisons between Tartit and the better-known Tinariwen seem inevitable, but, really, there's no reason why one should be confused with the other, or why you shouldn't like both in different ways.

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The Shimmers: The Way You Shine

Marah side project makes a star out of singer Eden Daniels, as she takes the reins of a genre-hopping, live-off-the-floor kind of album.

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Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. [Deluxe Edition]

The 20th anniversary reissue of Yoakam's major-label debut includes both his 1981 demos and a live show from the Roxy in L.A.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Tiga: Sexor

Despite its tongue-in-cheek take on electroclash and its naughty persona, Tiga's debut album never really takes off

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Diana Ross: The Definitive Collection

Billboard named Diana Ross 'Entertainer of the Century' in 1976. Thirty years later, The Definitive Collection is a dazzling testament to that still prestigious honor.

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