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	Various Artists: Songs from the Underground: NYC Subway

Trying hard to deliver, Songs from the Underground provides a platform for musically diverse NYC buskers to showcase talent that might not otherwise be heard if you weren't a commuter.

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18 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Michael Shelley: Goodbye Cheater

A 14-track-in-33-minute controlled dose of a fantastically competent songwriter's plain and simple tunes, pint of ice cream not included.

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	Radio Massacre International: Emissaries

Despite the unlikely name, RMI play improvisational ambient electronic music, otherwise known as 'space music'. If you're having trouble envisioning what I'm describing, just think of Brian Eno.

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18 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jorane: The You and the Now

The combination of earthy, supple cello and ethereal female soprano is inspired and effective.

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	Flatt & Scruggs: Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Foggy Mountain Gospel

Hours of bluegrass, country, and gospel from one of the 20th century's most important musical duos, reissued with thought and care for all y'all.

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	Tinsley Ellis: Live! Highwayman

The blues recorded is only one-upped by the blues live. And the blues live is only one-upped by a few blues guitarists out there. Tinsley Ellis is one of 'em.

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	Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace

The curious incident of the bored rock star and his first solo album.

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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Erik Truffaz has often been compared to Miles Davis. I think that he wants to be Miles Davis, just as I suppose every jazz trumpet player does. Truffaz could come closer than any of his contemporaries, however.

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	Danilo Perez: Live at the Jazz Showcase

A live, stunningly adventurous trio date by Wayne Shorter's pianist.

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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Luciano: Jah Words

Luciano is on a mission. Come join him, won't you?"

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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jamie Lidell: Multiply

Snapshot of an artist moving from the white noise of the electro lab to the joyous communal feedback of black music's core.

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	Corey Harris: Daily Bread

Carib-Afro-blues meets ethics on the latest from a... traditionalist?"

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	A Certain Ratio: Live America 1985

A Certain Ratio firmly is one of the pioneering, genre-mixing wave of bands that led the way for the dance-oriented artists of the '80s.

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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Damon Aaron: Ballast

If Ballast consisted of nothing more than Aaron's guitar playing, the album would be a good deal better than it actually is.

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	James Blood Ulmer: Birthright

To hear Ulmer sing so nakedly about sex, race, and religion while playing such dusty music makes for a striking juxtaposition -- and is a strong case for the continued relevance of blues music.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Turin Brakes: JackInABox

Two happy guys surround themselves with all of the materials, but none of the means. Result: a house that collapses under the slightest scrutiny.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Piano Magic: Disaffected

I don't see any daisies sprouting out from this grave.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pale Sunday: Summertime?

Summer breeze make you feel fine? Then settle back in your plastic lawnchair with a caipirinha de tangerina and the new Pale Sundays record. Oh, and the Bill Hicks trench coat mafia need not apply.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Monolake: Polygon Cities

If you aren't already an initiate in the mysteries of minimalist techno, it's hard to get excited about such opaque differentiations.

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	The Forecast: Late Night Conversations

Don't give up on emo just yet, people.

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