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	Various Artists: Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004

A strong, if somewhat single-minded, two disc compilation of the best from Bonnaroo 2004.

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	Dwight Yoakam: Blame the Vain

Two decades into an impressive recording career, Dwight Yoakam continues to deliver the ten-gallon goods.

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12 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nick Tosches: fuckthelivingfuckthedead

Tosches writes like a jazz musician plays, starting with a theme and riffing off from there.

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12 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

Static-X: Start a War

Start a War sees the return of some old friends and an old sound. Welcome home.

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	Janis Joplin: Pearl [Legacy Edition]

Joplin's posthumous soulful classic is beefed up by a bonus disc of live 'Festival Express' recordings. It's a record that shows her at her height with mere months left to live.

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12 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Gruf: Hopeless

The Canadian North has microphone fiends, and producers gone grime, and you ain't heard of that?"

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	Various Artists: Africanism III

Third in the popular series combining traditional African styles and European house suffers from a universal problem: It can't transcend the dancefloor often enough.

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9 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Marta Topferova: La Marea

Can a young woman who grew up in Czechoslovakia and Seattle really get to the heart of South American music? Why, yes she can.

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9 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Robot Ate Me: On Vacation

Part World War II nightmare, part experimental pop escapism, On Vacation is lo-fi Indie rock at its quirkiest and most beautiful. Listen it in any mood.

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	Negativland: No Business

Negativland fights the good fight against corporate America and the recording industry -- what they don't seem to realize is that winning that fight requires a hard and fast solution.

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DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… [Deluxe Edition]

In terms of its influence, its stature and its quality, Endtroducing... could lay a serious claim to being the most important album of 1990s.

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	Solomon Burke: Live at the House of the Blues / Soul of the Blues

There are moments on these albums befitting a man with the title 'the King of Rock 'N' Soul', but there are plenty more that would be better suited to a Blues Brother.

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	Audioslave: Out of Exile

Audioslave are back and still making music that doesn't live up to expectations. Still, they are not without hope.

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Scottish group returns yet again with another album that, although lighter in some respects, critics and fans alike will lap up without question. What a shock!"

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	Summer at Shatter Creek: All the Answers

Craig Gurwich's sophomore disc is a beautiful, assured effort in melancholy indie rock. However, you might want to wait until autumn to listen to it.

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8 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pole Folder: Zero Gold

It is a surprisingly strong album in that it evokes a field of reference well removed from the dancefloor, but in translating the sonic palette of a minimalist genre to more traditionally kinetic forms he exposes a key conceptual weakness.

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8 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kava Kava: Maui

Kava Kava Kava Kava, Shish Boom Ba / Guitars and yer Big Beat suck real hard.

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8 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Clouds Forming Crowns: self-titled

Guided By Voices associates Tim and Todd Tobias create a satisfying album of deceptively intricate indie rock.

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	Bobby Conn and the Glass Gypsies: Live Classics, Volume 1

This ain't no con job. Bobby and the band play sleazy glam rock as if the world depended on them for guidance and a good time. Let's dress up and join them!"

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8 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	COH: 0397 Post Pop

When you hear the music of COH, do you start salivating? Wait -- I'm getting my Pavlovs mixed up.

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