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11 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kid 606: Resilience

Kid 606 finally finds the freedom to make the album he's always wanted to make -- a completely and utterly ordinary one.

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11 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	John Doyle: Wayward Son

Nothing flashy here, just a man singing and playing guitar Celtic folk style, with able assistance from other stellar vocalists and instrumentalists like Linda Thompson, Kate Rusby, and Danny Thompson.

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	Castanets: First Light’s Freeze

This spare, creepy album is often pleasant and always surprising. Bearded zombies in love: I've got your soundtrack.

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10 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	311: Don’t Tread on Me

Despite its confrontational title, Don't Tread on Me is a lighter, happier version of the shtick 311 has all but trademarked over the past 15 years.

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	Bill Ricchini: Tonight I Burn Brightly

Bill Ricchini's new album evokes Brian Wilson, Elliott Smith, and Belle and Sebastian -- just the way he likes it.

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	Tim O’Brien: Fiddler’s Green / Cornbread Nation

Bluegrass authenticity and huge ears make Tim O'Brien all the musician you can handle.

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	Magnolia Electric Co.: Hard to Love a Man EP

Jason Molina and company show that they still have energy to spare.

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10 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Modeselektor: Hello Mom!

The next time you're wandering around the record store and thinking to yourself 'Man, I really wish I could find a CD that, like, really rokked', look no further than our German homies Modeselektor.

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	The King of France: The King of France

NYC band's latest release (its first with all band members involved) is quirky and accessible, roughly one non sequitur away from Robyn Hitchcock-caliber idiosyncrasy.

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	COB: Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart

Three men chase their dreams in the fields of Scotland. Thirty years later, fans no longer have to chase their records. Moyshe McStiff and the reissue treatment.

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	Constantines: Tournament of Hearts

Canada's Constantines attempt to try something new, with decidedly mixed results.

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	Celebration: Celebration

The album is a celebration of sorts as this trio relies heavily on keyboards and some wild wails to get their distinctive brand of rock across.

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	Various Artists: The Motown Box

A testament to the label's great achievements, and an absolute joy to hear.

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	Various Artists: Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute

Guitar monsters pay tribute to a great jazz-rock fusion band with less than stellar results. There's no bliss here, just sledgehammer noise.

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	Ciaran Tourish: Down the Line

Altan fiddler and whistle player toots his own strong horn with some help from Alison Kraus, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas among others, melding mountain and Celtic music into one.

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9 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mouse on Mars: live04

This will come as something of a disappointment to diehard Mouse on Mars fans who may have been expecting something more exhaustive.

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	The Hard Lessons: Gasoline

Solid Motor City garage debut elevated by boy-girl vox... and is that a country twang I hear?"

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	Osvaldo Golijov / Luciano Berio: Ayre / Folk Songs

Using Folk Songs as a starting point and the lovely voice of Dawn Upshaw as inspiration, Golijov has created a work of remarkable breadth and nuance.

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	Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better

For once, a heavily-hyped follow-up that lives up to expectations. We're lucky lucky, we're so lucky.

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9 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sheryl Crow: Wildflower

Previously underrated, Sheryl Crow returns with a record not worth defending.

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