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The Payola Reserve: One Long Apology

From the bland soft-rocker that opens it to the bland ballad that closes it, One Long Apology certainly doesn’t lack in consistency. Unfortunately, it

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7 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Godsmack: IV

When they're good, they're actually okay. It's when they're not good that the problems start.

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The Sound: The Dutch Radio Recordings

These five CDs fill out the live history of one of the greatest post-punk bands to ever hit the stage.

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Counting Crows: New Amsterdam

Amidst the pleasant yet bland newer material remains hope that the Crows can one day recapture their wet-behind-the-ears, nervous and energetic charm.

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7 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dead to Me: Cuban Ballerina

Featuring former members of punk group One Man Army, Dead to Me’s debut album isn’t that different from Cal-punk bands you can buy

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The White Birch: Come Up For Air

Lush, adult pop recorded with a true sense of beauty and transcendence that belies its darker origins.

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7 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Mutts: I Us We You

Perhaps these puppies should be taken to the pound.

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Public Enemy: Bring That Beat Back

As Public Enemy's latest set of remixes focuses on beats, their politics are still bangin'. But has Public Enemy become a group of superheroes or brothers from another planet?

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7 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Elan: Together As One

Former Wailers frontman throws his solo hat in the ring with the debut record from Tony Kanal's Kingsbury Studios.

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7 Aug 2006 // 7:00 AM

Black Fiction: Ghost Ride

You could peg San Francisco’s Black Fiction as another skewed member of the freak folktronica tribe, residing just down the hall from Tunng and

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The Cosmopolitans: Wild Moose Party

This album revisits a lost group described by the Village Voice as “New Wave pom-pom girls with brains.” The band, which lasted for roughly a

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7 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

Spinform: Bryter Tystnaden

Taking the Knife’s commercial ‘haunted’ house and extrapolating it to the realm of experimental electronica, Uppsala, Sweden’s Spinform (a guy called Erik Moller,

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Spanish Colored Orange: Hopelessly Incapable of Standing in the Way EP

Unfortunately, Hopelessly… falls into the category of records that don’t come close to being as good as their titles. The ideas are all good

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Trio Beyond: Saudades

Three jazz super-heavyweights breathe new life into the work of visionary drummer and composer Tony Williams. This one burns!

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slayer: Christ Illusion

Slayer's best album in 16 years is also their most thought-provoking work to date.

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Bury Your Dead: Beauty and the Breakdown

For a sound as rapidly decaying as nu metal is, it’s such a big surprise to hear Boston’s Bury Your Dead performing it

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Roman Candle: The Wee Hours Revue

The Wee Hours Revue is a bright album, in the connotation of both intellect and luminescence. This is the debut of an experienced band that you should have heard years ago...

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Love Arcade: Love Arcade

This kid is out to prove there's more than one Jack White-type in Detroit who can do it all.

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Don and the Goodtimes: So Good

The 1960s garage legends went soft on their major-label debut, but the bonus tracks on this reissue help redeem it.

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The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: Take One

Other compilers might provide us with overviews of famous names, but only a fan is going to put this much love into showcasing bands that would otherwise have been nothing but footnotes to the English-speaking world.

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