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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mogwai: Mr. Beast

In which Mogwai retain all their charm while still eating you alive.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rammer: Cancer

No life 'til leather, Rammer's gonna kick some ass tonight.

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Joey DeFrancesco: Organic Vibes

Hammond B-3 plus Bobby Hutcherson equals deeply sophisticated groove.

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Joe Satriani: Super Colossal

There is a very good reason why Joe Satriani has a reputation for being one of the best guitarists alive: because it's true.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Smoking Popes: At Metro

The Smoking Popes mark their triumphant return with one pretty fantastic live album. Reunions rarely feel so vital.

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Marshall Chapman: Mellowicious!

A self-proclaimed tall girl who looks to the heavens and sees stars, Chapman writes songs that sound as natural as a conversation with a friend.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Juana Molina: Son

The sun is warm and we're both intelligent people. Let's have some fun.

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Various Artists: Cavalcade of the Scars

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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3 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Black Angels: Passover

As clumsily poetic and irresistible as a city storm, these BJM devotees mount an engaging psych-rock rebellion.

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The Green Arrows: 4-Track Recording Session

If you told me that this is a perfect representation of the band as they were during the 1970s, I'd believe you without a qualm.

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3 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dub Tractor: Hideout

Minimal, pretty indie-tronic melancholy. Especially recommended if you're nostalgic for vinyl hiss.

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Jon Auer: Songs from the Year of Our Demise

Posies co-frontman finally drops his much-delayed solo debut, the best thing he's done in a decade or so, with the hoped-for lovely melodies and incisive lyrics. The frosting's back on the beater.

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The Charlatans UK: Simpatico

On the evidence of Simpatico, Tim Burgess has been spending all his time on Negril Beach, smoking fattie after fattie and getting self-indulgently down with his inner trust-fund rasta self.

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3 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Steve Khan: The Green Field

A unique, strong, and serious jazz guitar album from a modern master.

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Victory at Sea: All Your Things Are Gone

Twelve years into their career, the dynamic trio from Boston deliver their finest album yet.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Slackers: Peculiar

The Slackers establish a new benchmark for modern ska. And it's not just for the skankers.

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Deadstring Brothers: Starving Winter Report

It took Stones to make this record.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rahim: Ideal Lives

Rahim is something of a rarity -- a good band now that promises to get even better later.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guitar: Tokyo

How did such a lovely-sounding experiment turn into rudimentary trip-hop with fancy guitars?

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Ben Goldberg: The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact

Tenderness and meditative beauty, from the legit chamber music fringe of jazz.

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