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Drive-By Truckers: A Blessing and a Curse

A Blessing and a Curse continues to distance itself from the Truckers' "Lynyrd Skynyrd with a higher IQ" roots, drawing from both the Replacements and the Rolling Stones for its rock 'n' roll sound.

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The Moore Brothers: Murdered by the Moore Brothers

Staying closely aligned with the guitar and vocal style of their forebears serves the Moore Brothers well on their latest album of pure folk pop songs.

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Tineke Postma: For the Rhythm

Another young star jazz alto saxophonist, in no need of hype, non-routine, spirited, versatile without shallowness, aware of musical roots: another one of an always very select few! And Dutch. And not male.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gotan Project: Lunático

If only updating an established style could always be as successful as this.

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The Avett Brothers: Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions

You need to hear The Avett Brothers, but perhaps this album isn't the best place to find your first impression.

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Cobra Killer & Kapajkos: Das Mandolinenorchester

Making kraut haute.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Canasta: We Were Set Up

Up-and-coming Chicago sextet hops on pop.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Parts & Labor: Stay Afraid

Think Lightning Bolt's ferocious noise cut through with arena-filling rock melodies... then double it.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg

If only this European homage to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew had had the tenacity to stick with the jazz-rock and avoided the club beats, it just might have made jazz album of the year.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bird Show: Lightning Ghost

Challenging to say the least, Ben Vida's latest offering is filled with different sounds and tones. It has something for everyone but not everything for possibly anybody.

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Atreyu: A Death-Grip on Yesterday

They might be the biggest metalcore band in America right now, but Atreyu don’t quite sound like it yet.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karsh Kale: Broken English

This is Kale's most diverse and daring album yet; he moves into some genres that even he hasn't tried yet, and it really loosens up his urban/Indian/worldbeat groove.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Vines: Vision Valley

The Vines are polished so shiny by Capitol on their new record you can see yourself in the reflective, glossy black of the CD booklet.

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David Gilmour: On an Island

Third official solo album finds the Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist mostly free of the weight of that band's legacy. Hence the album is content and effortless, maybe too much so.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Manu Katche: Neighorhood

A crystalline ECM session featuring a pop drummer, Tomasz Stanko, and Jan Garbarek -- but really too gentle for its own good.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Calexico: Garden Ruin

Garden Ruin sounds a bit like Calexico followed their muse out into the uncharted desert as far as they could, and then returned to town to shower, shave, reflect, and stock up on supplies

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Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest

Running the gamut from IDM to alt-hip-hop with strong roots in both the progressive soul and free jazz sounds, Hefty arrives at an approachable middle ground between wonky noise and shiny pop -- a rather pleasant juxtaposition.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Murphy: Elbow Room

Aussie musician seems to take Crowded House's debut album to heart with consistently well-crafted, harmony-heavy pop jewels.

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Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Thought the material is not quite up to the hype of the liner notes, there's certainly some accomplished playing here, but oh, for some intensity!

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mecca Normal: The Observer

An eclectic piece of work that is vivid with lyrical imagery while relying on a style that brings to mind Lou Reed's New York landmark

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