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The Brand New Heavies: Get Used to It

After a 12-year hiatus, acid jazz pioneers reunite with funk feast.

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Mia Doi Todd: The Ewe and the Eye

Todd's 1997 debut, re-issued here, is a bit underwhelming, but not without good or fair reasons.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gotye: Like Drawing Blood

One of the best albums no one outside of Australia will ever know about.

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Tender Trap: 6 Billion People

Peter Pan and Billie Joe Armstrong can stay young forever. For everyone else, there's Tender Trap.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Impossible Shapes: Tum

An artifact from the recent past, pulled from the ground... or maybe the sky?

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Skeriks Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

Ingenious arrangements, beautiful and witty playing, but the drummer's brief gets in the way: excessively prominent, rigid, metronomic, unfortunate.

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Jefferson Airplane: The Worst of Jefferson Airplane

Remastered collection of vintage Airplane feeds more than your head.

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Soul Asylum: The Silver Lining

Once-great Minnesota rockers settle for the middle of the road on plodding comeback attempt.

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The Derek Trucks Band: Songlines

A young phenom no more, D Trucks straddles genres with one authoritative guitar.

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11 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sound Team: Movie Monster

A confusing but no less exciting debut from a band of indie-rock chameleons. If only it didn't blend in so well.

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The Buttless Chaps: Where Night Holds Light

Where Night Holds Light eschews novelty for soft pop/rock leanings. Occasionally, it works, too.

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Cut Chemist: The Audience’s Listening

"The DJ of the future is going to be a respected member of the community," drones what I imagine is Ward Cleaver with a buzz-cut and members of the topmost levels of the post-WWII military-industrial complex staring down at him through a forest of unforgiving floodlights.

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Shapes and Sizes: Shapes and Sizes

How much you like Shapes and Sizes is more likely to be linked to your tolerance for its idiosyncracies.

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Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche

Sufjan Stevens's warmed-up leftovers are more creative, engaging, sophisticated, beautiful, and simply better than what most other musical acts have to offer with their A-list material.

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The Country Teasers: The Empire Strikes Back

Give me your racist clichés, your sexual shibboleths, your unspeakable taboos and sacred cows yearning to break free...

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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dabrye: Two/Three

On his latest release, producer Dabrye delves further into underground hip-hop and gets by with a little help from his friends.

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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Priestess: Hello Master

This rip-roaring debut by the Montreal band just might have mainstream rock fans asking for their nickels back.

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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pedro Luis Ferrer: Natural

The album of an honest man, who works without tricks or promises or loud bangs.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Turntable Matinee

Dance your tears away while the steel guitar plays and the band finds its groove.

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Billy Talent: Billy Talent II

Yeah, but how will it play outside of the Vans Warped Tour and the malls of America?

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