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	Showroom: The World Is Too Much With Us

Showroom make catchy pop songs that are also insightful and charming. Finally, a frontman whose wit is as sharp as the crease in his trousers.

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	Living Things: Ahead of the Lions

Fraternal hard rock trio from St. Louis finally sees its ferocious, politically charged full-length debut released, one year after being lost amongst major label mergers.

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	Kurupt: Against Tha Grain

This just in: the Titanic sank and 2Pac died. Why can't modern hip-hop... ahem... get off his dick, stop robbing his grave, and let him rest in peace?"

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	Robert Glasper: Canvas

This second issue by a very highly talented young pianist seems to have been let down at the planning stage. He deserves better.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues

Slip sliding away... A look back at bottleneck blues' power and passion.

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1 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Venetian Snares: Meathole

Far from being a wall of impenetrable noise, Meathole is an intricate, aggressive and sometimes harrowing journey into the heart of distortion and distorted soul.

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	Mark O’Connor & Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Double Violin Concerto

The bluegrass fiddler turned Americana-Classical composer tackles jazz in his third symphonic concerto.

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1 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lawless Element: Soundvision: In Stereo

What's that you say, the golden age of hip-hop is over? Maybe, but Detroit's Lawless Element revives it with middling success.

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	Harvey Danger: Little by Little

The band that gave us a ubiquitous late '90s hit (which we shall not name) returns with a piano heavy album of clever, literate pop songs.

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	The Double: Loose in the Air

Balancing destruction with delight, The Double delve deeper into accessibly experimental rock.

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	Vashti Bunyan: Lookaftering

Bunyan emerges from a 35-year musical absence and cracks the 'sophomore slump' straight in the jaw with an updated sound and a brilliant collection of songs.

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	Aerosmith: Rockin’ the Joint

Suspicion abounds as to why Aerosmith would release a live album off a tour from three years ago. Yeah, I'm stumped too.

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	Young Jeezy: Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Guess Who's Bizzack! Young Jeezy blazed the mix tape scene. His Def Jam debut proves Jay-Z knows how to treat his 'new bitch, corporate America'.

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	Otis Taylor: Below the Fold

Taylor dazzles with a new album that makes feeling blue something very special.

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	The Remote Viewer: Let Your Heart Draw a Line

You know that attic full of your childhood toys and dreams? This is the music of the spheres hidden in its dozing dust motes. Shine a light, and listen.

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	Rogue Wave: Descended Like Vultures

You won't have to memorize this one if you just keep it handy.

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	Arturo O’Farrill: Live in Brooklyn

With an avuncular Cuban bassist, the Lincoln Center Latin band's leader gets back on piano to the mainland jazz of his youth, and with a bright young drummer in control, he's spontaneous.

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	The Happy Bullets: The Vice and Virtue Ministry

The Happy Bullets' new album shares its name with the Afghani governing body that was in charge of keeping cassette tapes and short skirts out of its country during the Taliban's rule. The adage, 'You can't judge a book by its title related to extremist Islamic groups,' rings true.

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	Annie Hayden: The Enemy of Love

Second solo album in four years from former Spent guitarist is an often anonymous affair, never quite finding a groove that becomes its modest inspirations.

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31 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	FM3: Buddha Machine

The Buddha Machine is a counterargument to the age of downloading housed in a little plastic box.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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