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27 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tangiers: The Family Myth

Animated rock and roll never felt so frightening and right as this.

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27 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Simply Red: Simplified

Hucknall has produced a collection of stripped-down, jazzy numbers that reflect the maturity of an artist who has been going strong for two decades.

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	The Lovemakers: Times of Romance

Ah, the '80s... synthesizers, sex, skinny ties, and snorting. While many bands reference the '80s, the Lovemakers actually capture the neon-pink decadence of the Reagan era.

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	American Princes: Little Spaces

Contradictions be damned, the American Princes could be on their way to becoming modern classic rock royalty.

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27 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	AFX: Hangable Auto Bulb

Out of eBay and into our CD players -- Richard D. James experiments with drill 'n' bass on this reissue of the rare EPs.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nick Warren: Shanghai

The British master DJ spins moody house and techno like it's 1988 and 2005 at the same time.

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	Silverstein: Discovering the Waterfront

Peel back the screamo for some perfectly played and produced pop songs.

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	Paranoid Social Club: Paranoid Social Club

Portland, Maine's pop/ rock/ funk/ jam/ etc. leading lights introduce themselves to the rest of the world.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Old Time Relijun: 2012

Old Time Relijun are in many ways the anti-White-Stripes, an authentic and healthy alternative to the snake oil that Jack White is selling.

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	Hendrik Meurkens: Amazon River

Meurkens is a phenomenal harmonica player, steeped in and deeply in love with Brazilian music. There is an effortless blend here, but too little effort, far too much blend.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Alicia Keys: Unplugged

It's great if you like her, not so great if you don't, and right down the middle for everyone else.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Andy Bell: Electric Blue

The voice of Erasure fronts Manhattan Clique's disco synthpop beats in his lyric-driven solo debut. Let the innuendo fly!"

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Breakestra: Hit the Floor

Miles Tackett and his collaborators form an ambitious crew -- and are obviously talented enough to continue pushing the boundaries of the Breakestra's potential.

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	Susumu Yokota & Rothko: Distant Sounds of Summer

As we become more grateful for the last of the sun's rays, this record will let you feel the joys of sleeping on a summer lawn... wide awake.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Siegel-Schwall Band: Flash Forward

You would be better off with a vintage Siegel-Schwall album, the earlier the better.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Calvin Johnson: Before the Dream Faded…

Johnson's vocals -- now deeper than ever -- sometimes veer slightly off key, and the beats aren't always perfectly locked in, but in its subtle flaws lies the album's charm.

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	Gang of Four: Return the Gift (U.S. Version)

Ever get the feeling you've been burned? Gang of Four demonstrates how to stay vital past 40.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kaci Brown: Instigator

At 17, Kaci Brown's got a lot of growing up to do. She's apparently well skilled at foursomes, though.

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	The Beta Band: The Best of the Beta Band: Music

The Beta Band spent the better part of their career trying to catch up to initial expectations, and they never gained enough traction to escape the incredible gravity of this 'lost' potential.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Adrian Belew: Side Two

The second in run of three albums planned for 2005 finds the eccentric guitarist satisfying his experimental tendencies.

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