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The Ark: State of the Ark

Swedish glam-rockers serve tacks in their dessert.

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Love Story in Blood Red: Love Story in Blood Red

Ex-Means singer Jason Frederick turns from blues-garage stomp to twitchy, sardonic pop.

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Various: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

60-song companion set to PBS special that gives an entertaining, if not always educational, listen.

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Various: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974

Marina Records reaches into the vaults of time to offer up 20 kraut-a-delic ditties from Germany's dalliance with British mod and American counterculture.

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The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out

Not ones to be bashful or to hold back, Brighton’s The Kooks open with a whiplash-inducing clutch of certain singles.

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25 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lil’ Wayne: Tha Carter II

He really IS the best rapper alive, at least when he tries.

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Various Artists: Dream Brother

For all the good intentions radiating from Dream Brother, the Buckleys' story gets a bit muddled.

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25 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Dufilho: John Dufilho

It's best to think of John Dufilho's first solo record as a safety release valve for his main band, the Deathray Davies

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Shakeyface: Bicycle Day Boogaloo

Shakeyface sure knows how to bookend an album -- he’ll really be in business when he can figure out what to put in the middle.

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25 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Väsen: Live In Japan

Väsen crosses the formal skill of a chamber orchestra with the dynamism of a folk band and comes up with a wonderful live recording.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clearlake: Amber

On this anticipated follow-up, the once-gloomy Clearlake sacrifices some mood for some rock, but only the guitars get happy about it.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Doo-Wop Forever

Independent label music by alternative artists from the past shows that rock and roll will never die as long as record companies can make a profit repackaging it.

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Panic! at the Disco: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Pretty boys in fancy suits want to make you dance to their heartbreak. Please refrain.

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East River Pipe: What Are You On?

A druggy set of songs crammed with unfulfilled potential.

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The Contrast: Forget to Tell the Time

Not groundbreaking, but this album distills all of the Contrast that has come before into their most refined effort yet.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Aids Wolf: The Lovvers LP

Aids Wolf, the little over two-year-old Canadian band, has had plenty of press leading up to the release of their debut; not all of it's because of the second word in their name, and that they're from Montreal.

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Various: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara

Compilations in any genre are rarely so effective.

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Master C&J Featuring Liz Torres: Can’t Get Enough

The "Queen Bitch" of '80s-era house music gets a much-deserved comprehensive retrospective. It's history being made, and it still sounds good.

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Friends of Dean Martinez: Live at Club 7

The Friends of Dean Martinez bring on the noise for this live gig, just daring anybody, anybody, to label them "lounge music" ever again.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Motion Trio: Play-Station

There are not many experimental accordion groups who take their musical cues from arcade games. Motion Trio do it with inventiveness and technical skill.

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