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1 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Autechre: Untilted

There is a degree of work involved in acclimating one's self to the extremely heady altitudes at which Autechre dwell, but it is trivial compared to the serious delights that await the conscientious listener.

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31 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Us3: Questions

1993 was a long time ago, and what was sly and cosmopolitan then is elementary now.

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31 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Sleater-Kinney: The Woods

Consistently challenging and absolutely thrilling, S-K's seventh release is a renewal of the word 'loyalty': to a band, and to rock 'n' roll.

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	Kelly Joe Phelps: Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind

Stupendous guitarist in syncretic singer-songwriter style writes extremely strange lyrics, accompanies exquisitely.

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	The Locust: Safety Second, Body Last

More madness from the most insane grind band in America.

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31 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Loquat: It’s Yours to Keep

A silky smooth collection of lite jazz beats that practically disappears with repeated listening.

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	John Hammond: In Your Arms Again

An extremely great blues guitar player, a competent and charming vocalist, untouchable on harmonica, and a musical library all by himself.

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31 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Black Label Society: Mafia

There's a thin line between seriousness and self-parody in heavy metal. Zakk Wylde knows exactly where that line is.

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	The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart

Jakob Dylan is no longer on your TV 24/7, and his band has all but fallen off the radio dial. What's a lead singer to do? In Dylan's case, shrugging his soldiers and writing damn good rock songs is the answer.

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	Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne: Let It Loose

A rare thing to find a blues pianist with real roots. By no means all blues, with some R&B and soul flung in, this warming stuff includes examples worthy of the 1940s: Willie Littlefield, Amos Milburn, some Pete Johnson. Should be encouraged.

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30 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Proe: Perfect

Who the eff is Proe? Just another MC, doin' it on his own. Not bad for his second time out.

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30 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Moby: Hotel

Moby needs a hug really, really badly.

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	The Loved Ones: The Loved Ones EP

Philadelphia trio has some power-pop fun before Angst rears its ugly head.

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	Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

This is a delicately balanced piano trio that blends slow tempos, gospel feel and delicious restraint into something lovely. You almost feel guilty for liking something so beautiful, but this music gets under your skin and into your head.

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30 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Common: Be

Electric Circus pushed the boundaries of hip-hop -- a psychedelic trip to hip-hop's great beyond -- Be just finds a world-wide Common back home standing on the corner. But you can't go home again and no matter how much he wishes, the Common of Can I Borrow a Dollar? is not the same Common of Be -- and thank God for that.

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Oasis: Don’t Believe the Truth

After a dark eight-year stretch, at last, some daylight.

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	Mommy and Daddy: Fighting Style Killer Panda

Parents in name, progeny in sound.

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26 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Amos Lee: self-titled

Amos Lee is a young singer-songwriter with an adorable look and an adorable voice and some adorable songs.

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	Jarvis Humby: Assume the Position… It’s Jarvis Humby

This British foursome proves your calendar doesn't need to go past 1969 to record a kick-ass garage album.

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	Hacienda Brothers: self-titled

They cover Mel Tillis and Fred Neil songs alongside their own original tunes, they are just as happy doing surf-hick instrumentals as they are belting out countrypolitan weepers.

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