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	Half-Handed Cloud: Thy Is a Word and Feet Need Lamps

It's Friday night church time: disordered music and bizarre stories that mostly work out.

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	Consafos: Tilting at Windmills

In the vein of the Cowboy Junkies if they were cloned by Lou Reed who was being horsewhipped by John Cale, Consafos take sparse haunting songs and knead them into delicious sonic nuggets.

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	Black 47: Elvis Murphy’s Green Suede Shoes

Kirwan's songs are overstuffed with hyperromantic ravings, undisciplined wordplay, and things no honest man would say.

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25 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Z-Trip: Shifting Gears

Even when Z-Trip overreaches, the result is never less than consistently fun. When it does hit, however, Shifting Gears achieves something quite sublime.

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25 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Volta Sound: Dandelion Wine

The Volta Sound evoke the not so groovy '60s while setting out to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. Can the Summer Of Love and 2005 co-exist without driving each other crazy? And more importantly, should we care?"

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25 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Stand: Transmissions

Stand could be the next big thing: they know how to sing, play, and compose. The problem is, it all sounds just a little too redundant.

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	David Francey: The Waking Hour

Fourth full-length from Juno Award winner Francey is an album rooted in traditional folk. A mixed bag, its stronger songs can be unusually powerful.

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	Bunky: Born to be a Motorcycle

(timidly) Knock knock. (brusquely) What the path-wurd? (whispers) Bunky. (loudly) What? (shouting stubbornly) BUN-KEEE!!.

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	Bottom of the Hudson: Songs from the Barrel Commando

This one-man band issue old songs making him seem to be way ahead of his time. And they're good songs!"

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	British Sea Power: Open Season

Probably the first time anadiplosis has ever been used in a rock review. But that's the kind of band British Sea Power want to be.

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	Bruce Springsteen: Devils & Dust

It is, by turns, a country record, a folk record and even a bit of a rock record. It is thick with atmosphere, awash in violence and a shadowy mythology redolent of the Old West.

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	Christopher O’Riley: Hold Me to This: Christopher Riley Plays Radiohead

This is nothing less than a wholesale reinvention of one of the greatest and most versitile catalogs in modern pop music.

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24 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The National: Alligator

What if Leonard Cohen fronted The Psychedelic Furs with some country-pickin' guitars on board? No, I don't think we're in Brooklyn anymore either, Toto.

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	Be-Bop Deluxe: Axe Victim [reissue]

Bill Nelson has been many things in his long musical career. On his first band's debut album, for instance, he was David Bowie with a guitar solo fetish.

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24 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Blueprint: 1988

The MC/producer who quit a highly paid job in computing and spent years on the grind for the love of his art finally releases his debut. S'all good.

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	Various Artists: The Colors of Latin Jazz: Soul Cookin’

Take off your shoes, tuck your napkin into your shirt, and get ready to eat with your fingers while you boogie with your feet. This compilation is a funky Afro-Cuban feast.

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	Will Smith: Lost and Found

It's hard to believe that a guy who makes 20 mil a movie would need a comeback album; still, when you've lost all credibility in the rap game, you'd better come out firing.

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21 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ministry: Side Trax

Pailhead, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, and Acid Horse tracks all on one CD.

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21 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lagwagon: Live in a Dive

Pop-punk lifers thank their fans with a live disc. Everyone else can sit this one out.

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21 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jean Michel Jarre: The Essential

This is a solid if too-fleeting survey of the work of an electronic music pioneer.

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