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	Kevin Tihista: Home Demons Volume 1

Home and studio outtakes culled from a massive backlog of work by one of Chicago's finest. There are duds to be sure, but even they sound purposeful.

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	Smog: A River Ain’t Too Much to Love

The bedrock of virtually every Smog songs remains Callahan's deliberate guitar playing, often clipped arpeggio triplets sounding chords with no embellishment, and his nonpareil voice, the perfect instrument for relating his elusive first-person parables.

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	Carolyn Mark: Just Married: An Album of Duets

Vancouver, British Columbia singer duets with 14 of her friends on what is sort of an indie answer to Sinatra's 1993 Duets album. But without all the massive ego clashes. (No Kenny G either.).

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	Ahmad Jamal: After Fajr

An extremely lively veteran, piano virtuoso boss of a three-man symphony orchestra, only the years have given Jamal some headway as an American institution much less regarded in Europe.

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	I Self Divine: Self Destruction

I Self Divine spits consciousness, updates the state of race relations, and documents life from the Minneapolis perspective.

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	Groundtruther (Bobby Previte and Charlie Hunter with DJ Logic): Longitude

This jazz-jam venture in rhythm and texture could be the soundtrack to a David Cronenberg film. Alas, it is not.

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24 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Des Ark: Loose Lips Sink Ships

Yet another indie record that could have benefited from a little bit more spit and shine.

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	Collective Soul: From the Ground Up

Collective Soul returns yet again with an acoustic set of tunes that are dusted off and basically de-amped with pretty good results.

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	Chris Whitley: Soft Dangerous Shores

Latest studio album from should-be legendary singer-guitarist is an amalgam of genres ruled by heat and passion. One of the year's most unexpected surprises.

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	Prefuse 73: Surrounded by Silence

Prefuse 73 loses the magical touch, filling out this album's incoherent and gaping holes with guest appearances.

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	Oxford Collapse: A Good Ground

Starting off badly but correcting itself quickly makes Oxford Collapse's new album a great leap from last go-round.

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	Lali Puna: I Thought I Was Over That

A pick'n'mix B-sides compilation that's more miss than hit, best in small rocking doses but served in a sprawled daze. Essentially non-essential.

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	Sara Lazarus: Give Me the Simple Life

American ex-pat jazz singer releases her first disc since winning the Monk award a decade ago.

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21 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Waldemar Bastos: Renascence

Angolan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Brazilian music. This, of course, makes Waldemar Bastos' new album the most listenable music of the year.

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21 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Pat Benatar: Greatest Hits

Benatar was one of the first pop singers as famous for how she looked as how she sounded, and thus was instrumental for cluing the music industry in to how image alone could sell records.

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	Badfinger: Live: Day After Day

Reissue of the disputed 'live' document from the troubled, tragic, and sometimes magnificent '70s band.

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21 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Aquabats!: Charge!!

Much has changed in the ensuing six years for our Champions of Justice! The great eldritch Nuclear Ska Force that previously empowered their greatest weapons has been supplanted by an obeisance to the Great Lord of Pop-Punk!!!"

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	Various Artists: Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

Is it rolling? More like a dull unfurling.

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	Various Artists: Elektronische Musik - Interkontinental 4

Somewhere along the way, techno got skinny. Things were lush, then they got small. This is pan-European unity, microhouse-style.

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	Luke Temple: Hold a Match for a Gasoline World

One part Jeff Buckley, one part Neil Young, and one part Wayne Coyne, Luke Temple is responsible for the surprise of the year thus far.

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