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24 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Superchumbo: Wowie Zowie

Wowie Zowie serves as something of a riposte to the aggressively desexualized facade of so much modern house.

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Souls’ Chapel

Stuart knows how to make anything fun… even a religion that is being used as a bludgeon by our current presidential administration and many of our legislators.

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	Esther Phillips: Jazz Moods / Hot

A slice of '70s soul from a singer who always brings it, even when her material is a semi-discofied mixed bag.

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24 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	J-Live: The Hear After

The triple threat completes his opening trilogy with resolutely impressive panache, establishing a firm platform for mature hip-hop that thinks as hard as it hits.

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	Black Halos: Alive Without Control

Memo to the band: Just be yourself.

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24 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jim Boggia: Safe in Sound

Jim Boggia's sophomore collection showcases his emotive voice, as well as a great sense of wordplay and melody, in 12 songs that range from confessional ballad to upbeat full-band bounce.

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	Blue Highway: Marbletown

Like a rock. Like a rock of marble. Like a town of marble. With a highway leading to it. A blue highway. Playing bluegrass like a rock. A rock of marble...

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	Abigail Washburn: Song of the Traveling Daughter

Abigail Washburn proves that bluegrass and bamboo flutes make perfect musical bedmates.

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23 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Bob Sharkey Quartet: Foolish Nightmare

A tuneful and relaxing jazzy folk-rock blend that uses sweet guitar fills to make emotional turmoil-filled songs go down smoothly.

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23 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Woody Shaw: Stepping Stones

Crackling live '70s hard bop from the trumpeter who might have been king.

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23 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Teena Marie: Robbery (Enhanced Version)

After leaving Motown, she was still going strong when she reached Epic. Robbery is made for the dance floor.

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23 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mahi Mahi: (re)Move Your Body

In spite of the classic techno array of crisp drums, electronic beats, synthesizers, and heavily processed vocals, they play what could only pass for dance music in New England.

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23 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hiltmeyer, Inc.: Sendling 70

If I press the Mega Bass button on my CD player the tracks become almost totally obscured under the cacophonous low-end rumble.

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	Dexter Gordon: Jazz Moods: ‘Round Midnight

Interesting samples of late Dexter Gordon, but with unrepresentative, plain wrong inclusion of a Round Midnight film soundtrack item without mention that Gordon was there representing the performance of an impaired musician.

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	Broken Spindles: Inside/Absent

So this is what happens when you tour non-stop with the Faint. You step out of the dance party and retreat into the sanctuary of your laptop.

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22 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Warlocks: Surgery

These Los Angeles psych-rockers are so far out there, they've created their own genre: Space-age doo-wop. And it's good, too.

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22 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Waltham: Waltham

Beantown band makes the best of a great situation, wearing its influences proudly while crafting ear candy nuggets a la the Knack and Springfield in the vein of late K-Tel compilations.

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	The Real Tuesday Weld: The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid

Modesty is a virtue, but a surfeit of modesty can grate. Listening to this album sometimes seems an impossibly precious pastime, like Belle & Sebastian with samplers.

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	Patti LaBelle: Classic Moments

Don't let the title full you -- this disc doesn't compile great tracks from LaBelle's past repertoire but features all new recordings of old tunes made popular by others.

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	Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

A collection of rock tracks so slick and depthless they epitomize the plastic fantastic emotionalism of mega-producer Mutt Lange.

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