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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	e:gum: Keyboard Lies

e:gum's beats are harsh but their hooks are sharp -- an interesting juxtaposition that makes for distinctive, if occasionally underwhelming results.

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	Soul Coughing: New York, NY 16.08.99

This a wonderful addition to the collection of any Soul Coughing fan, a canny and timely reminder of just how good these guys were.

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	Foo Fighters: In Your Honor

Without a rip or a roar, the first disc passes harmlessly -- it's the quieter second disc that truly demands attention.

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	The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Jazz Moods: Hot

Effervescent New Orleans band's rambunctious installment in Legacy Recordings' frivolous, demeaning series.

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	Clutch: Robot Hive / Exodus

Weirdly enough, Clutch's sixth album sounds more Bonnaroo than Ozzfest. Even weirder, that's a good thing.

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	Tracy Bonham: Blink the Brightest

The once rockin' Grammy nominee and MTV figure shows her real stuff on this mature stunner.

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28 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bane: The Note

Boston hardcore punk - coming soon to a moshpit near you.

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28 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jim Basnight: Recovery Room

Veteran Seattle rocker Jim Basnight serves up an eclectic collection of strong songs in a diverse mix of musical styles and arrangements.

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	Shadow Huntaz: Valley of the Shadow

Valley features some of the most fresh production in hip-hop, courtesy of Dutch duo the Funcken brothers. But the 3 American MCs blow the same old hot air.

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27 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jeff Parker: The Relatives

This is straight-up jazz taken out of the museum and calibrated for maximum accessibility.

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27 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lovejoy: Everybody Hates

English act Lovejoy create soft, dreamy pop that evokes sunny spring days -- until you take a close listen to the lyrics. Leave it to the English to be both soft-spoken and sharp-tongued.

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	Darkest Hour: Undoing Ruin

The metalcore standouts have made a bold stylistic leap, but not in the direction you'd expect.

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An admirable if unimpressive romp through '70s rock that will have you yearning for the real deal.

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	Boredoms: Seadrum/House of Sun

Japanese punk legends excel themselves with an intoxicatingly frenetic display of music as a beautifully unstoppable force of nature (and one other 20 minute track).

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	A Band of Bees: Free the Bees

Stylistic U-turn from eclectic Isle of Wighters gives revivalism a good name.

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	Gatsbys American Dream: Volcano

A concept album about Mount Vesuvius?!? Bring it on! Seattle lit types deliver one of the year's best rock albums.

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	Franklin Delano: Like a Smoking Gun in Front of Me

This Italian group's attempt at experimental neo-roots music lacks form, shape, and perspective.

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	Eluvium: Talk Amongst the Trees

What we have here is an assembly of sound whose origin seems to be wholly not of this earth.

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26 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Deerhoof: Green Cosmos

Would-be No-wavers refuse to be pigeonholed with this surprisingly enjoyable, and endlessly inventive EP.

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	Dressy Bessy: Electrified

For the last several years, if the Denver indie scene has had an It Girl, it's been Tammy Ealom.

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