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16 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cardinal: Cardinal

Cardinals aren't so rare. So why's this bird's song so top shelf?"

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	Various Artists: Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread

An extremely strong collection by a diverse group of artists who have come out of the closet to admit that, yes, they loved Bread.

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	Lizz Wright: Dreaming Wide Awake

This is an entry in the Next Norah Sweepstakes, with the Jesse Harris songs and the mid-tempo folkiness in strong supply. But it sounds great, with unaffected singing and a 'new standards' repertoire that quietly jolts.

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	Viva Voce: Lovers Lead the Way! [reissue]

After the revelation of The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, Minty Fresh has reissued Viva Voce's ramshackle full-length debut, for good or for ill.

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15 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Eddie Turner: Rise

You know how in the National Football League, some guys are better suited to being assistant coaches after bombing as head coaches? That's Eddie Turner in music parlance: great guitarist in a band setting, but he doesn't have leadership material.

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	Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You

Fourth studio album from Massachusetts indie pop band is marked by stylistic allusions to early '80s Manchester (England, not New Hampshire).

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	Anders Parker: The Wounded Astronaut [EP]

Six songs that didn't quite make the cut on Tell It to the Dust because they were too loud. And this from the guy behind Varnaline?"

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15 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jandek: Glasgow Sunday

Though Jandek has come closer to conventional music than anyone would have thought possible a decade ago, he remains a traveler on his own unfathomable road.

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15 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tim Burgess: I Believe

Flying solo has not dampened Tim Burgess's enthusiasm for his craft. Too bad this effort is so exquisitely pedestrian, despite a few memorable moments.

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14 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Dwight Twilley: 47 Moons

Long-time under-the-radar rocker returns with a string of sugar-coated pop tunes that make his Beatles-influenced pop come full circle.

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	Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation: Mighty Rearranger

Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger, and the like aside, Robert Plant still holds the title of cock-rock superstar. Mighty Rearranger is his best solo effort yet, and can put some of Led Zep's efforts to shame.

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14 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Memphis Bleek: 534

Don't even try, snarky listener.

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	Madagascar: Forced March

Mostly instrumental compositions drawn from everything from chamber music to Yiddish folk, this debut is a gorgeous surprise.

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14 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hater: The 2nd

For God's sake, let sleeping dogs lie. The 2nd is a bunch of 10-year-old demos that we're supposed to treat like an album. Right.

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14 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Departure: Dirty Words

In an era of bands obsessed with the glassy disembodiment of Joy Division, the Departure are the first band to nail Curtis's alien menace, to wipe away the last identifiable traces of the human artist.

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	Charanga Cakewalk: Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge

'Mexicanos' is this album in a nutshell. Ramos takes a basic cheesy polka beat and keeps loading elements on top of it to see what will happen.

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	Various Artists: The Sexual Life of the Savages: Underground Post-Punk from São Paulo, Brazil

As with nearly any compilation, there are a few bands that were mercifully limited to one track, but that doesn't make the collection any less vital to anyone who's interested in Brazilian music or post-punk in general.

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	Various Artists: Elko! A Cowboy’s Gathering

Every January, for the last 21 years in a row, a whole bunch of people converge in Elko, Nevada, for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. You

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	Bill Laswell / Various Artists: Trojan Dub Massive Chapters One & Two

Thundering dub + space-rocker Bill Laswell = Spacey, even more thundering dub. Should you care?"

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	KaS Product: Try Out [Remastered]

Meet KaS Product, an obscure French new wave band of the '80s that combined cocktail jazz and bargain basement electronica. No, it doesn't make much more sense 20 years later.

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