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    Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Sony)

    Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr knows a little something about dealing with strong-willed vocalists (ahem, Morrissey), so it's no surprise that his contributions to the poppiest Modest Mouse record yet are solid. But it's still a treat to hear how fo...

    by Annie Zaleski on March 22, 2007
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    Various Artists - Johnny Greenwood is the Controller (Trojan/Sanctuary)

    During its heyday in the '70s, reggae powerhouse Trojan Records never released an album in the U.S., but Trojan imports were must-haves for every serious reggae collection. Although it's not obvious in his work with Radiohead, Johnny Greenwood is a h...

    by j. poet on March 22, 2007
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    Chris Robley

    Musicians working solo in the singer/songwriter category don't have it easy the label alone scares off a lot of listeners, thanks to a stigma of ceaseless sameness and average acts flooding the genre with acoustic guitars, granola warbling, and phi...

    by Niki D'Andrea on March 22, 2007
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    Xiu Xiu - Painfully alone for a reason, maybe

    The kings and queen of raw, naked pain and quavering, sheltered emotionalism will bring their irresistibly precious brand of experimental indie pop to the Valley next Sunday. Songwriter Jamie Stewart, his cousin Caralee McElroy, and drummer Ches Smit...

    by Matthew Neff on March 22, 2007
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    Anglique Kidjo - Out of Africa

    Listening to Anglique Kidjo's forthcoming album, Dijn Dijn (Razor & Tie), is like attending a crash course in World Music 101. Her 11th full-length, scheduled for a May 1 release, is filled with familiar Western classical-inspired formulas poppy h...

    by Steve Jansen on March 22, 2007
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    Lovedrug - New side effects

    When indie-rock radio embraces a song before a band has even released a proper full-length which is what happened to Lovedrug and the ethereal "Down Towards the Healing" it's easy to think the group is riding high on musical Easy Street. But inst...

    by Julie Seabaugh on March 22, 2007
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    A Case of the Tuesdays - School night, schmool night

    When they aren't busy letting loose in Black Rock City, local Burning Man freaks DJ Kodama and Chromatest J. Pantsmaker (a.k.a. the Salacious BeatSlingers) have been giving Valley hepcats a reason to stay out late on a school night with their weekly ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 22, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 22 Axis/Radius: Ladies' Night (hip-hop, rock, dance) AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bikini Lounge: DJ Shane Kennedy (various) Blue Note: DJ Soloman, & Fredj (acid jazz, trip-hop) Bobby C's: Willie B (old school R&B) B...

    on March 22, 2007
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    Mix Up the 'Nix - Start the madness

    Consider this a call to arms. In the wake of the arrests of DJ Drama, Don Cannon, and their crew, the Aphilliates, in Atlanta in January for distributing mix tapes with copyrighted songs (that the major labels were paying them to pimp) I'm asking...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on March 15, 2007
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    Sebadoh Boy - Reissue, reuinion, return

    It's been hailed as Sebadoh's defining moment and "a meeting place for indie universes." But not to the bastard controlling the purse strings at Homestead Records. For his money, 1991's III, a collision of sensitive indie-folk balladry, weird psy...

    by Ed Masley on March 15, 2007
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    Power Trio - Precious metal

    The "No Fear" tour is a tasty musical menagerie of acts at the forefront of their particular metal flavor. Metalcore representative Killswitch Engage combines a blitzkrieg bottom end that hunts with the springing fury of Pantera, labyrinthine Sca...

    by Chris Parker on March 15, 2007
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    Bring on the Vagina - Livin' it up with the ladies

    This week, we decided it was high time to turn our attention to the local labia-lovin' ladies, so we hit up e-lounge on Saturday, March 10, where it was packed with smokin'-hot mamas looking to drink, dance, and fondle each other in the corners. Not ...

    by Lilia Menconi on March 15, 2007
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    Brotherly Love - The Kongo's musical dynasty

    A video on YouTube titled Great Moments in History begins, somberly enough, with the strains of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. All the usual throat-swelling suspects are paid a reverent visit Kennedy's inaugural address, Martin Luther King's "I Have a...

    by Serene Dominic on March 15, 2007
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    Otep - The Ascension (Capitol Music Group)

    Otep, the L.A.-based metal fusion quartet led by singer/poet/self-described "mental pugilist" Otep Shamaya, released one of the most dense, disturbing debut albums in the history of metal with 2002's Sevas Tra, a fiery confessional wherein Otep screa...

    by Niki D'Andrea on March 15, 2007
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    Drivers Union Group - Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana (Smithsonian Folkways)

    The prospect of hearing 72 minutes of wildly cacophonous squeeze-bulb horns may be too much for even the most patient listener. And as is often the case with world music albums with a field-recording slant, the story tends to be more interesting than...

    by Steve Jansen on March 15, 2007
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    Alabama Thunderpussy - Open Fire (Relapse Records)

    For the past several years, Alabama Thunderpussy has been on an unwitting journey to become the Van Halen of stoner doom metal. ATP started with no singer, picked up Johnny Throckmorton for its first four albums, replaced Throckmorton with Johnny Wei...

    by Niki D'Andrea on March 15, 2007
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    Flying Canyon - Flying Canyon (Soft Abuse)

    Singer-songwriter Cayce Lindner sports a thick gray beard, calls Northern California home, and plucks an acoustic guitar. This means most music writers are going to describe his new project, Flying Canyon, as a symptom of this whole freak-folk, indie...

    by Justin P. Farrar on March 15, 2007
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    Flogging Molly - Get jiggy with them

    Before Shane MacGowan and his rotting teeth had the ruffian idea of merging punk and traditional Irish music, all Celtic headbangers had were The Irish Rovers (who were Canadian, for Chrissakes), the Clancy Brothers (who weren't all brothers) and the...

    by Serene Dominic on March 15, 2007
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    Bunny Rabbit - Ooooo, dark, sweaty electro-crunk -- our favorite!

    Three years ago, when CocoRosie burst onto the scene with its lo-fi recordings of almost-lullabies sung over a beat box and toy animal noises, psych-folk fans of the Devendra Banhart variety took note. Now out of Brooklyn comes Bunny Rabbit, the trip...

    by Megan Irwin on March 15, 2007
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    Parenthetical Girls - (Men and) women on the dirge

    Calmness intercepts Zac Pennington's tortured timbre and nervous-breakdown-bordering subject matter when he croons tunes for the Parenthetical Girls, the indie pop ensemble that recently swiped Phoenician Edward Crichton of the recently disbanded and...

    by Steve Jansen on March 15, 2007
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