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	John Ellis: One Foot in the Swamp

Mood music -- insofar as Ellis favors a sort of mood-setting on his various wind instruments, this is mostly playful, light -- skipping, strolling nowhere in particular.

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	Electric Eel Shock: Go USA!

Rock is dead. I mean undead. Because it's a zombie. Rargh.

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	Cloud Cult: Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus

Epic in both themes and sound, Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus, quite frankly, flirts with genius. Think 'Song of Myself' in sound. No, I am not kidding.

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	American Hi-Fi: Hearts on Parade

American Hi-Fi's new album breaks absolutely no new ground, sounds exactly like countless other acts everybody's heard before, but somehow is impossible to completely dismiss.

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	Various Artists: The Appalachians

Like a mix-tape from a daguerreotype, a fine accompaniment to the four-part PBS documentary about the history of Appalachian life and culture.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Willowz: Are Coming

Youthful rock trio takes a page from Mr. White and paints the town red with old riffs, good boogie, and the occasional sonic curveball.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Temper Temper: self-titled

The premise is certainly an unlikely one: What if Danzig threw a dance party?"

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Amy Ray: Prom

Shining with her release of vitriol and emotion, Amy Ray pushes for greater heights with her solo follow-up to the rockin' surprise that was 2001's Stag.

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	Platinum Pied Pipers: Triple P

Probability of Platinum Pied Pipers pieing people to purchase plats to up stats? Pretty good, is all goes according to plan.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	P:ano: Brigadoon

Okay, you're clever. We get it.

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	The O’Jays: The Essential O’Jays

The best of the best of Philly Soul: The Essential O'Jays shows just why the band are the newest members of the Rock & Roll (& Soul?) Hall of Fame.

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5 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Paul Metsa: Texas in the Twilight

Unpretentious, well-intentioned schlub of a singer-songwriter makes his Nebraska move. Springsteen has nothing to worry about.

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4 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Alt+F4

Many of these tracks seem to take glee in merely annoying the listener.

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	The Russian Futurists: Our Thickness

You want hooks? Matthew Adam Hart's got your hooks, right here. Honest, he really does.

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	Mike Doughty: Haughty Melodic

Former Soul Coughing singer's first full-length release coins a method to his madness, fleshing out his more traditional songs with Technicolor embellishments.

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	Mark de Clive-Lowe: Tide’s Arising

Mark de Clive-Lowe demonstrates deft skill on the MPC, and shiny chords on the keys. There's something in between that's missing, though.

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	Joe Cocker: Heart & Soul

Even with a little help from his friends, Joe Cocker doesn't provide much more than an honest effort with his latest recording.

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4 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Blackfield: self-titled

Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson meets Israel's Aviv Geffen in a bleak, electro-acoustic chamber-prog gem.

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	Kurt Rosenwinkel: Deep Song

This is as good a mainstream-modern jazz band as you'll find, but for the leader's indulgence in echoey harmonizing effects, modish and short on taste. He plays with the others' creative vigor, but his added effects are a let-down.

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	The High Speed Scene: self-titled

Three guys who N.E.R.D. thoroughly enjoy show their wares in a quick and snappy series of power pop and sweet rock tunes.

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