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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

French Kicks: Two Thousand

French Kicks have become indie rock wallpaper, and Two Thousand, while perfectly enjoyable, is, all in all, just another sheet on the wall.

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Donavon Frankenreiter: Move By Yourself

To put Frankenreiter's music in some perspective for you, he sounds like Ben Harper -- a lot like Ben Harper.

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make it Happen

Modern mainstream jazz at its broadest and deepest, African currents, After Hours, Amen!

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ani DiFranco: Reprieve

Another year, another Ani album, this one finding our hero examining herself as much as she does the world around her.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lulendo: Angola

Angola doesn't often produce international musicians, but when it does, then they're usually worth the wait.

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Marykate ONeil: 1-800-Bankrupt

The title might recognize being bankrupt, but in terms of songs, O'Neil is laughing all the way to the bank with this sophomore album.

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Calling All Monsters: The Traps That Work Best

Sweaty, noisy, punk rock music has returned in the form of Calling All Monsters. These four lads from San Fransisco have stripped away a lot

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Liars: The Other Side of Mount Heart Attack [CD-single]

So you’re a fan of Liars; you’ve been digging their album Drum’s Not Dead for months; you know how beautiful and naï

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The Polkaholics: Polka Über Alles

I like the idea of The Polkaholics—polka punkers who like to party—because a lot of the lousy fast punk songs I’ve heard

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The Payola Reserve: One Long Apology

From the bland soft-rocker that opens it to the bland ballad that closes it, One Long Apology certainly doesn’t lack in consistency. Unfortunately, it

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Godsmack: IV

When they're good, they're actually okay. It's when they're not good that the problems start.

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The Sound: The Dutch Radio Recordings

These five CDs fill out the live history of one of the greatest post-punk bands to ever hit the stage.

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Counting Crows: New Amsterdam

Amidst the pleasant yet bland newer material remains hope that the Crows can one day recapture their wet-behind-the-ears, nervous and energetic charm.

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dead to Me: Cuban Ballerina

Featuring former members of punk group One Man Army, Dead to Me’s debut album isn’t that different from Cal-punk bands you can buy

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The White Birch: Come Up For Air

Lush, adult pop recorded with a true sense of beauty and transcendence that belies its darker origins.

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Mutts: I Us We You

Perhaps these puppies should be taken to the pound.

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Public Enemy: Bring That Beat Back

As Public Enemy's latest set of remixes focuses on beats, their politics are still bangin'. But has Public Enemy become a group of superheroes or brothers from another planet?

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Elan: Together As One

Former Wailers frontman throws his solo hat in the ring with the debut record from Tony Kanal's Kingsbury Studios.

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7 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Black Fiction: Ghost Ride

You could peg San Francisco’s Black Fiction as another skewed member of the freak folktronica tribe, residing just down the hall from Tunng and

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The Cosmopolitans: Wild Moose Party

This album revisits a lost group described by the Village Voice as “New Wave pom-pom girls with brains.” The band, which lasted for roughly a

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