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	DJ Spooky Vs. David Lombardo: Drums of Death

Paul D. Miller masterminds more melting pot madness, this time in the key of metal under a sullen future sky. A Public Enemy assists, and the funk survives the reign in blood.

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	The Blue Van: The Art of Rolling

Look out Mooney Suzuki, you've got a Blue Van from Denmark on your tail! And they ain't fooling around…Those retro riffs and Hammond organs mean business!"

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	Alan Astor: Everything is Possible

Emotive, danceable, industrial-tinged genius pop gets all dressed up on the debut by NYC scenester Astor. Sometimes the costume fits; sometimes it doesn't.

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21 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	A Frames: Black Forest

New wave and old noise mated. They had a robotic baby. They called it A Frames. Now it is a toddler, and we've been asked to baby-sit just in time for its terrible twos.

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20 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Zincs: Dimmer

The Zincs' debut for Thrill Jockey is an ocean of shifting sands where texture and mood flow back and forth, over and under a bedrock of remarkable songs.

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20 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Marcus Miller: Silver Rain

As cobbled together as it is, this collection is a portrait of an insanely talented bass player and arranger. Featuring guest vocals (Clapton!) and covers (Prince! Beethoven! Ellington! Luther!) designed to sell, it remains a bass-lover's dream project and a good example of 'contemporary jazz' with a conscience.

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20 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Keren Ann: Nolita

A unique possible Big Hit, but the obvious talent within does not hit its full potential.

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	Tim Kinsella: Crucifix Swastika

The most shocking thing about Tim Kinsella's moronically titled new release is how tame and inconsequential it really is.

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	John Doe: Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet

Former X-man delivers a homebrewed distillation of old scratchy blues, country-folk, and noir, heavily annotated in mortality -- one could say that Doe is priming himself for a watershed Time out of Mind-caliber record any day now.

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20 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Backyard Babies: Tinnitus

First socialized medicine, now hard rock bands - Sweden continues to put America to shame.

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20 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mars Black: Folks Music

The way Nebraska-born Mars Black drops the name Bob Dylan, you'd expect his stories to dance across your retina and linger in your eardrums. All of which makes Folks Music a disappointing effort.

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	Emiliana Torrini: Fisherman’s Woman

On her first album in six years, the talented Torrini equals the beauty of her debut album, in an entirely different way.

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19 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Trafik: Bullet

This is a good album -- the problem is that it isn't a great album.

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	Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other?

No more croaking ballads? Have Stereophonics finally decided to move on or are they just Britrock revivalist bandwagon jumpers?"

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	Charles Lloyd: Jumping the Creek

Mostly one session too many, this session doesn't take itself lightly. As music, rather than an aid to meditation, it's short on original substance and long on repetition, stretching, exquisitely played padding. Inessential.

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	Damien Jurado: On My Way to Absence

Delivering his most consistent record to date, Damien Jurado bypasses some of the dynamics that have made past songs so incredible.

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	Capercaillie: Grace and Pride: Anthology 2004-1984

This double disc anthology celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Celtic band from England and contains 38 tracks from each of Capercaillie's 15 albums, plus previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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19 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Worn Copy

Wilson's Smile and Dylan's Basement Tapes in under two years: The abbreviated half-life of a 21st century outsider artist.

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	Loudon Wainwright III: Here Come the Choppers!

Look out! A dozen new songs from Loudon Wainwright III show he has not mellowed during the past four decades. If anything, he's gotten meaner.

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	Kate McDonnell: Where the Mangoes Are

The fourth album from this folkie isn't coffeehouse fodder but generally thoughtful and pleasing old-time folk, slightly revamped.

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