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	The Forecast: Late Night Conversations

Don't give up on emo just yet, people.

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	Missy Elliott: The Cookbook

Elliott cooks up some tasty hits on her latest release. Now if she could only be more careful with her use of language.

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	Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

Gershwin project adds four distinguished hornmen to Charlap's now long-established trio.

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14 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ron Blake: Sonic Tonic

Production by Me'Shell NdegéOcello doesn't compromise this excellent jazz recording by an eclectic, muscular tenor voice.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Music

A compilation of fine jigs/reels and traditional Irish music making its 70 minutes fly by. And no, they don't even need the Chieftains to drive the point home!"

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13 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Soel: Memento

Coming to a hip café near you: immaculate, edge-free soul-jazz from the people who brought you St. Germain.

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	Sasha: Fundacion / James Zabiella: Renaissance Presents James Zabiella: Utilities

Fundacion and Utilities highlight the changing face of dance music while also serving to remind us -- as if we needed to be reminded -- that all the toys in the world are useless without the kind of discriminating ear that the best DJs bring to the tables.

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13 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Oranges Band: The World and Everything in It

The perfect pop album for the summer -- or any other season, for that matter.

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13 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mudvayne: Lost and Found

Mudvayne's first album in three years arrives just as nu-metal is receiving its last rites, and will only quicken the genre's demise.

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	Various Artists: Marty Thau Presents 2 x 5

Music impresario Marty Thau, known for his associations with Blondie and the New York Dolls, selected five New York bands to record two songs each for release on his Red Star label.

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	The Ying Yang Twins: United States of Atlanta

The Ying Yang Twins are filthy misogynistic geniuses, and their new record is their most derivative and brilliant yet.

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	Vast Aire and Mighty Mi: The Best Damn Rap Show

They get equal billing, but Mighty Mi is the star of this rap show.

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12 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Torche: Torche

On their fiery debut album, Miami's Torche explore the sunnier side of stoner rock.

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	Erin McKeown: We Will Become Like Birds

If this is a breakup record, it works hard to avoid all the pitfalls and clichés that have come to define the sonic diary-on-wax.

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12 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mahjongg: RaYDONcoNG

I rike za Aye-teez! Puh-lease...

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	Mumps: How I Saved the World

How I Saved the World, the latest Mumps compilation, is one more for the retro fetishists. Mumps were one of the more obscure bands that

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	John Hiatt: Master of Disaster

John Hiatt goes to Memphis with mixed results. Producer Jim Dickinson knows how to build a groove, but sometimes it grows into a deep rut.

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	The Doleful Lions: Shaded Lodge and Mausoleum

The Doleful Lions are obsessed with Satan, warriors, knights, kings, and ghosts. And they make it all sound so innocent and dreamy...

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	Chet Baker: Jazz Moods: Cool

One masterpiece with Gerry Mulligan and one interesting yet not fully realized arrangement with Jim Hall and Paul Desmond. Otherwise, the too exclusively emphasized musical side of Baker at the too low level associated with CTI recordings.

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	Backstreet Boys: Never Gone

Backstreet's back, with sleeker suits and more ridiculous hats.

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