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Join me on the murky banks of whatever river might exist in Sheffield. There we will find pheasant, green pheasant, and it will be folky and delicious.

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Bejar's career-defining seventh casts itself toward infinity…comes up aces.

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It's a no brainer. Even a five-year-old with a Casio could remix Billie Holiday and make it appealing.

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16 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Quio: Like Oooh

Quio comes off like the infuriating classmate who seems intent on proving that charm alone can pass classes -- sure, she may often be right, but what will she have accomplished?

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16 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bellini: Small Stones

Small Stones manages to offer more than most records twice its length. It is a beautiful marriage of melody and dissonance.

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16 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Juillerat climbed onto the world musical stage last year when she won a Unicef-run Björk remix contest with a sparse, ominous version of "Army of Me".

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While often handed the freak folk label, the trio of extended meditations here reveal Wooden Wand to exist on a different plane from the likes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsome, or even the more sonically adventurous Animal Collective.

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Three-disc compilation of defunct UK label collects 70 tracks of obscure folk and folk-rock from the '60s and '70s. Turtleneck sweaters, goatees, and flowers not included.

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Perhaps not that many people have noticed, but it's been well over a decade since Snoop Dogg had an original thought.

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Bruised, heartbroken stories from the city that confirms Elbow as one of the very best bands in Britain.

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The Dammitheads: The Heart of the Matador

They have the name of a heavy metal band, but they are as sparse and muscular as a rock and roll band can be.

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Yellowcard: Lights and Sounds

Yellowcard reaches for its Big Important Statement but only manages to grab a heaping pile of utter mediocrity.

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15 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Man: Helping Hand

The somnambulant journey you take with Man is beautiful, shadowy, and illusory.

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Nina Simone: Sings the Blues and others

With two brand new reissues and one new compilation, Nina Simone is presented as both pop star and preacher.

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Who Made Who: Who Made Who

Who Made Who are a Danish trio bent on playing disco non-ironically.

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Bombay Dub Orchestra: Self-Titled

Unfortunately, only half as cool as it sounds.

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15 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Wagëblë: Sénégal

Their album may be Sénégal, but their emotion is universal.

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15 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various: Congotronics

Six new bands help Konono No. 1 expand the sound of the Congo street aesthetic.

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Tom Brosseau: What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye

These songs are grounded in the reality of life, reducing complex ideas to the simpler terms in which we process them.

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Bedsit Poets: Summer that Changed

Sleepy melodies and Dreamy lyrics. If there is an album of lullabies for adults, this may be it

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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