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Various Artists: Outlaw Country: Austin City Limits - Live from Austin, TX

There's something downright pleasant and wholesome about the whole thing. The amiable atmosphere may make the CD enjoyable to listen to, but this also has a downside.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Faux Départ

You have to have a very high level of musicianship to sound good when you are busy trying to sound like an amateur.

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The Lesser Birds of Paradise: Space Between

A slow-moving, emotionally powerful album for particular tastes.

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Nina Simone: Remixed and Reimagined

A whole album of remixes is an unwieldy proposition, but Remixed and Reimagined is an effective exercise in establishing a new context for the work of Nina Simone.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Graham Lindsey: Hell Under the Skullbones

A short, but sweet exploration of the dark side of the human condition -- complete with drinking songs!

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Cari Lee and the Saddle-ites: Brought To You Via Saddle-ite

Western swing revivalists know how to have fun, but fail to outshine their heroes.

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25 Oct 2006 // 2:15 AM

Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.

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25 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.

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25 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

La Pieta makes pleasant, literal indie pop with a female vocal and a limited musical appeal. The trio’s style is simple, building off acoustic-strummed

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Badly Drawn Boy: Born in the U.K.

Middle of the road Britpop from a former Mercury Prize winning New Brit Hope.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trivium: The Crusade

If the closest point of comparison is mid-'80s Metallica, how bad could it be?

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Sarah McLachlan: Mirrorball: The Complete Concert

Ever wished you could hold on to a memory and preserve it in tangible form? Apparently, Sarah McLachlan can show you how it's done.

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Street Dogs: Fading American Dream

Street Dogs release their third album, Fading American Dream, with the goal of making people think about current events, and what the album lacks in originality it makes up for in spirit.

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Dead Moon: Echoes of the Past

The story of Dead Moon is as much about making a statement as the music itself.

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Now It’s Overhead: Dark Light Daybreak

Andy LeMaster looks towards arena-sized rock on his third outing as Now It's Overhead.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Eric Bachmann: To the Races

Solo debut of hipster-turned-troubadour cuts a melancholy figure of aimless wanderlust

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Parenthetical Girls: Safe as Houses

This is dark, challenging, ugly, pretty pop music.

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24 Oct 2006 // 1:15 AM

Ready or not, here comes math-folk, with Hella killing you softly.

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