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Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible—10th Anniversary Edition

It remains a galling, cankerous reminder of the painful and profound issues that the majority of pop music has always been designed to mask. If the album seems strained in places, overwrought in others and unimaginably grim throughout, it is still -- despite these flaws -- a vital and demanding work.

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19 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Paul Gilbert: Space Ship One

Guitar wunderkind Paul Gilbert delivers another fine solo effort -- backed by Linus of Hollywood and Marco Minnemann -- that marries pop with metal and rocks its melodic way into your heart.

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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic

Everyone's favourite purveyor of blissful beats has gone ballistic, and the smoking gun suits him -- when you're armed with as much talent as Hebden, you can make your own rules.

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19 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Deep Thinkers: Necks Move

One gets deep. The other just thinks. Unequal halves. Will the disparity be reconciled?"

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	Dinosaur Jr.: You’re Living All Over Me

The best of the early Dino Jr reissues, this recording proves its relevance. Again.

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	Various Artists: 4 Women No Cry

4 Women No Cry establishes a new space for female musicians, one grounded in pure creativity, art for art's sake. And it's only just begun.

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	Kid Loco: The Graffiti Artist (Original Soundtrack)

Kid Loco's new release attempts to prove the worth of original score albums, and, inevitably, fails at its doomed mission.

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	Petra Haden and Bill Frisell: self-titled

The two surnames conjure evocative atmospheric punctuations, summoned from a dark recess of the metaphysically combined subconscious charted somewhere along the courses of the S.S. Bill and the U.S.S. Chuck. However, this Haden is one of the triplet daughters of Charlie. And the Frisell presented here is, well... still Bill. The collaboration is evocative, atmospheric... yet uniquely sweet.

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	Gong: Angel’s Egg (Remastered)

This remastered version of Gong's classic album is a perfect example of a band finding the ideal balance between sense and nonsense, structure and improvisation, and spirituality and satire.

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	The Coke Dares: Here We Go With… the Coke Dares

The Coke Dares grind out 32 songs in 32 minutes on Here We Go With. A rip-snortin' good time!"

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18 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Candlemass: self-titled

Got doom?"

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Architecture in Helsinki: In Case We Die

By painting their already imaginative songs with dazzling new colors, Architecture in Helsinki are quietly reinventing the pop song.

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	Stiv Bators: L.A. Confidential

'What's that? You only know Stiv Bators from his work with the Dead Boys? Are you ever in for a power pop treat!'"

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17 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Subarachnoid Space: The Red Veil

Existing in inner space, where words are meaningless.

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17 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth

Second verse, same as the first! Trent Reznor signals his triumphant return with more of the damn same.

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	The Nein: Wrath of Circuits

On their debut album, The Nein prove there's plenty of life left in the post punk revival.

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	Mice Parade: Bem-Vinda Vontade

Not a give and take. More like, 'Work with me.' Mice Parade salutes you.

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17 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Love As Laughter: Laughter’s Fifth

On its fifth album, Love as Laughter delivers a retro/garage rock gem and manages to sound like lots of other bands doing the same thing.

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17 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Gong: You

At last, final installment in the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy is reissued! The world is a safer place (for groovy, self-aware prog rock).

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Charlie Poole: You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music

Poole might be the central missing link of American music.

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"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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