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	Rufio: The Comfort of Home

The new album from the band ostensibly named after a character from Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan movie. 'Nuff said.

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	Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

Gone are the redeeming qualities that made Jagged Little Pill a definitive album. In their stead is a collection of songs rehashed and dandified by an artist content to drag her legacy through the mud.

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29 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Darkane: Layers of Lies

A rare feat, a classy Swedish metal album that appeals to metalcore fans, without dumbing down the sound.

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	The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Live at MCG

While not constantly bushing the boundaries of innovation, this band succeeds on the sheer talent of its players.

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	Terry Allen: The Silent Majority (Terry Allen’s Greatest Missed Hits)

Yesterday's leftovers make tasty main dishes. This reissue of Lubbock, Texas native Terry Allen's early oddities and one-offs serves as a good combination plate from an artist who knows that being weird is just one way of being in the world.

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28 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

Gorgeously textured and musically ambitious, this album is a testament to West's top-of-the-game production skills, but as an MC he's still got a few lessons to learn.

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	Tierney Sutton: I’m With the Band

Bringing hyper-technique into the scat-o-sphere, the jazz vocalist releases a partly-live set that dazzles -- maybe too much.

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	Motion Pictures: Motion Pictures

Bring summer to a bittersweet close with this darkly beautiful album from the Isle of Wight.

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	Damian Lazarus: Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck

So often, even the best efforts of top-name DJs can seem rote -- but Suck My Deck is at the very least interesting from the beginning to the very end.

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	A Gun Called Tension: A Gun Called Tension

The resulting amalgam is more thoughtful than the pop thud of Rage Against the Machine or Linkin Park, but not as clever as any of the aforementioned.

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28 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Embrace: Out of Nothing

Out of Nothing is the sound of music being super-sized and stuffed into a happy meal. All that's missing is a toy. Oh wait -- the album comes with a screensaver!"

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	Stephen Bruton: From the Five

Longtime Texas musician gets his dadrock on.

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Mali

Almost every track feels like a signpost pointing me in a direction I'd like to travel, but then the song ends and I must keep moving. It is a bewildering experience.

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	Poi Dog Pondering: The Best of Poi Dog Pondering (The Austin Years)

Excellent early career retrospective from this eclectic collective, neither hectic or corrective, just respectful and resplendent.

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	The Magic Numbers: The Magic Numbers

The British band of the summer drop one of the debuts of the year; an unabashedly sentimental breath of fresh air as uplifting as it is unadorned. Prepare to succumb.

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25 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hockey Night: Keep Guessing

We all might miss Pavement, but if we learned anything from Mary Shelley it's that we shouldn't try to resurrect our loved ones.

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	Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Meeting Colours

Beautifully played, fairly conventional, but nice, Catherine moves beyond his quartet to playing with one of the currently best big bands in the business.

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	Andy Caldwell: Late Night With Andy Caldwell

This is one of the most pure examples of unpretentious, irrepressible deep house I've come across in some time.

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	Rodney Crowell: The Outsider

You need to get back to caring a bit more about hooks and memorable riffs if you want to expand your audience beyond the people who already know and love you.

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	The Black Dahlia Murder: Miasma

The young Detroit band have always had the chops, but can they keep things interesting for an entire album?"

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