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5 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Richard Davis: Details

This is a minimal house record recorded with a deep house sensibility, and fastened to a sincerely gorgeous pop framework.

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	Jordan Chassan: East of Bristol, West of Knoxville

Chassan's living in his own private Tennessee and there ain't no place he'd rather be singing and playing his homemade music.

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	Various Artists: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver - Live

Yee-haw: a concert held to honor a real honky tonk hero shows the pleasures and perils of tribute discs.

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	Youth Group: Skeleton Jar

Though inconsistent, this group's sophomore effort contains a few gems, while hinting at something grander next time around.

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	Little Freddie King: You Don’t Know What I Know

Every time you think Fat Possum has reached the end of its rope, they pull another... well, possum out of their butts. This time, it's the upbeat, lowdown groove of Little Freddie King.

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	Peter Himmelman: Imperfect World

Imperfect World sounds like the work of someone who has a lot of things to say, and doesn't much care in what order he says them.

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	The Heavenly States: Black Comet

Genre-blenders hide their secrets in words and sounds, but they don't give us an answer sheet.

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4 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hanin Elias: Future Noir

As a part of Atari Teenage Riot, her voice was just one element in a very large and violent organism, but here she doesn't have waves of overwhelming static to hide behind anymore.

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	Laura Cantrell: Humming by the Flowered Vine

Cantrell is only three albums into her career, but she's fast becoming an underground country icon. This album shows why she's the rightful heiress to Lucinda Williams.

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	Victor Wooten: Soul Circus

When talent's not enough.

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	Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

A big enough album to support a senior thesis' worth of commentary/analysis/appreciation, the latest installment of Stevens' 50 States project is worth every minute of your time.

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	Shipping News: Flies the Fields

Ex-June Of '44 and Rodan members disappoint with another disc of competently played and largely forgettable explorations in mood.

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30 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Sons and Daughters: The Repulsion Box

The promise of this Scottish quartet's debut EP isn't fulfilled, but even this imperfect record is an invigorating trip into its dreary world.

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	Mahogany: Memory Column: Early Works and Rarities 1996-2004

Mahogany present a compelling view of an alternate universe where Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine had an autistic love child who could only communicate through exquisitely designed sound sculptures.

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30 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	GWAR: Live From Mt. Fuji

Everything, the walls, the ceiling, the floor, covered in plastic wrap, and for good reason, because let's face it, when you go to see GWAR, no matter how hard to try to hide, you will get messy.

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	Dr. John: The Best of the Parlophone Years

If this was the best the good Doctor could muster he'd be far less important than he is. Fortunately there's considerably more best in the rest of his catalogue to choose from.

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30 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Capes: Taste EP

With New New Wave peaking, these Brits picked the right time to show up to the party.

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Fountains of Wayne: Out of State Plates

Two CDs worth of Fountains of Wayne that, although you may not need to hear, you probably should. Why wouldn't you want to listen to this band's version of Max Martin's smash hit, '...Baby, One More Time?'"

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	Various Artists: Florian Keller Presents Creative Musicians Vol. 2: More Highly Underrated Masterpi

Finally available in the US, this irresistible collection of rare grooves shows that there's more to funk than George Clinton, yet still makes the Mothership Connection.

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29 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mary Timony: Ex Hex

The third solo release from Timony finds the former Helium front lady casting aside her Castlevania jones, coming down from her cloud to explore more terrestrial themes with a healthy dose of stripped down, bare-knuckled rock. This is Mary Timony unhinged and unfiltered, a true return to form.

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