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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Spoon: Gimme Fiction

Fifth full-length from Austin indie luminary is, simply put, a triumph.

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	Silvercord: Chasing Broken Shadows [EP]

Minimalist drone dream music: it's psychedelic, it's cinematic, it's very, very calm. It's also surprisingly good.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Reverb: Swirl

Depending on how you look at it, Reverb were either 10 years too late or 10 years too early. Swirl compiles the band's entire discography to give them a much deserved second look.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Perishers: Sway

The Perishers are just a rock band that plays rock music that doesn't try anything innovative or revolutionary. Sometimes, if you're skilled enough, that's all it takes.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Minus Story: Heaven and Hell

Noted purveyors of trademark 'wall of crap' sound tone things down a bit, bringing a welcome restraint to this 5-song outing.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jefferson Airplane: The Essential Jefferson Airplane

Another Jefferson Airplane compilation that dumps all the usual suspects on the fans once again. Surprised?"

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	The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday

Breathless music with a dark edge: isn't that how everyone likes their true blue rock 'n' roll?"

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	Gibby Haynes and His Problem: self-titled

Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes's Problem? His shtick doesn't work quite as well without Paul Leary's guitars.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Fire Apes: Central Park Carousel

The latest Britpop invasion comes from South Carolina. The Fire Apes serve up catchy 1960s-style jangle pop with subtle literary allusions in their lyrics.

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11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cheb i Sabbah: La Kahena

Music you can trance to: swirling and seductive North African music with a hypnotic dance beat and an ancient soul.

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	Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent

You're standing at a bus stop. The bus is late, and when it pulls up, the driver looks a little freaked-out and is blasting some bastardized, neo-prog rap. Question: Are you on or off?"

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	Subtitle: Young Dangerous Heart

A man with a hole in his heart uses his brain to carve out his own hip-hop niche, and rocks hard.

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10 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Oneida: The Wedding

Another left turn from Brooklyn's most creative and unpredictable band, The Wedding brings Oneida's trademarked, heavy psych-rock repetition into a new arena: folk songs with string sections. Jaws will drop.

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	Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration / Re:Brahim: Abdullah Ibrahim Remixed

The South African composer and pianist is properly celebrated in two collections that give him the retrospective treatment and remix treatment that his captivating music deserves. Spectacular.

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10 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Feist: Let It Die

Eleven sensual spirituals meant for those lounge-dwelling existentialist souls.

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10 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Epic Soundtracks: Good Things

Wistful bedroom recordings from a forgotten talent. This decade's Gene Clark?"

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	Alison Brown: Stolen Moments

This experiment in fusing bluegrass with jazz is the exception -- it really works. When even the dreaded heavy-hitter guest vocalists don't wreck things, you know you're onto something special. Alison Brown, banjo at the ready, is coming to get you.

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	Ian Tyson: Songs from the Gravel Road

Canadian legend Tyson has mastered folk, country, and country-rock. Now, over 40 years after his career started, he throws jazz into the mix. The results are often stunning.

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	The Quantic Soul Orchestra: Pushin’ On

How do you make that Mr. Scruff joint sound like Johnny Frigo's 'Scorpio?' Call QSO. And you'll get so much more.

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	Joe Lovano: Joyous Encounter

Jazz sax master Joe Lovano does it again for Blue Note, like he did it the time before and the time before that...

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