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	Langhorne Slim: When the Sun’s Gone Down

Folksy boogie ditties that make you think of Jack White at times, Cat Stevens in others, but both living the life of a blues-cum-bluegrass-cum-folk troubadour.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kinski: Alpine Static

Northwest instrumental drone/psych-mongers Kinski take another stab at rising above their peers with an album of tight, muscular rock riffs and lulling atmospherics. But ultimately, Alpine Static is a competent effort that covers no new ground.

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	The High Dials: War of the Wakening Phantoms

This is the sound of a psychedelic pop band wrapping itself into a cocoon, changing, hopefully, into something prettier and more distinctive.

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	Eliza Gilkyson: Paradise Hotel

It's her most accomplished and consistent work to-date.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Vivian Green: Vivian

Vivian Green declares her independence from the men in her life. She's dressed for the occasion in her leopard skin print bikini. It's time to make some money.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Decahedron: 2005

The latest slice of audio/video propaganda from the founding members of the Frodus Conglomerate International presents a spastic post-hardcore group on the verge of doing great things.

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X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

This reissued, oft-overlooked punk classic has never sounded more relevant.

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	Faris Nourallah: King of Sweden

An assured solo outing from one half of the Nourallah Brothers. The potential for greatness is here.

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	Allison Moorer: The Definitive Collection

This compilation chronicles Moorer's career prior to the decidedly rebellious The Duel. As The Definitive Collection illustrates, she was always an outsider.

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	Peter Grummich: Switch Off the Soap Opera

Peter Grummich is a master manipulator of minimalist mélange. He busts out some solid beats, too.

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	Lauren Ellis: Feels Like Family

This is not the 1970s, and being a 'woman in rock' is not an end in itself.

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9 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Frank Black: Honeycomb

Is Black's 'Nashville record' the final rehabilitative step in a 12-step program for artistic ordinariness?"

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	Keely Smith: Vegas ‘58—Today

Live from New York: It's Las Vegas swing music from the '50s. Gleeby music, that is, with Keely Smith singing her parts and that of her famous old partner, Louis Prima.

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8 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	SVT: No Regrets

I hate to pick on these guys, but things have changed a lot since the early '80s when SVT made these songs.

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	Nevermore: This Godless Endeavor

Nevermore has the respect; all they need now are the sales.

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	Carrie Newcomer: Regulars and Refugees

It's a well-crafted collection of thoughtful, touching songs that will keep listeners coming back time and time again.

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8 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Moonbabies: War on Sound

Moonbabies' swirling, intoxicating brand of leftfield pop music is almost good enough to get you to throw out your old Cocteau Twins cassettes.

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	Felix Laband: Dark Days Exit

It could be soothing us, or it could be lulling us into a false sense of security. Either way, it's quite wonderful.

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8 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Earl Klugh: Naked Guitar

Solo acoustic guitar from the smooth pioneer finds him doing what good musicians do when unburdened by too much schmaltz.

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