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    Jackie McLean - New and Old Gospel (Blue Note Records)

    The late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was infamous for a rich and powerful tone, a heroin addiction, and being the dude who nearly stabbed iconoclast Charles Mingus after the big bully bassist punched him. But one thing overlooked during McLean's c...

    by Steve Jansen on May 10, 2007
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    The Soul of John Black - Just you and them and the music

    John "JB" Bigham, the mastermind behind power trio The Soul Of John Black, has a remarkable rsum. For almost a decade, he played guitar and keyboards with Fishbone, contributing to three of the band's best albums. He's written songs for Miles Davis...

    by j. poet on May 10, 2007
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    All Smiles - Ten Readings of a Warning (Dangerbird Records)

    Jim Fairchild explores modest arrangements on his debut as All Smiles, finding mostly memorable hooks in airy, acoustic guitar-driven folk pop. Ten Readings of a Warning is Fairchild's solo outing; his former gig as a guitarist for West Coast psych-p...

    by Dominic Umile on May 10, 2007
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    Planet of the Drums - Earth-like, but beatier

    May is shaping up to be a pretty killer month for Valley drum 'n' bass fanatics. In addition to the brand new weekly event SEEN! Wednesdays blasting out plenty of supertempo beats and jungle jams every hump day over at Coach & Willie's, a superstar-s...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on May 10, 2007
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    Priestbird - In Your Time (Kemado)

    If you believe in reincarnation as torture, then imagine all the A&R people who, in past lives, signed nothing but copycat bands and reality show winners, returning to this world only to be demoted to the publicity department, being handed a headscra...

    by Serene Dominic on May 10, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 10 Axis/Radius: Ladies' Night (hip-hop, rock, dance) AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bikini Lounge: Scratchy Rekkid Night with DJ Shane Kennedy (various) Blue Note: DJ Soloman, & Fredj (acid jazz, trip-hop, house) Bobby C...

    on May 10, 2007
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    Jana Hunter - There's No Home (Gnomonsong)

    If "now" were the mid- to late 1960s, Jana Hunter's There's No Home would likely be released on the legendary ESP-Disk label. It was one of the most uncompromising American labels ever, and the New Weird America/Free Folk scene with which Hunter is i...

    by Mark Keresman on May 3, 2007
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    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Interscope/Nothing Records)

    Leave it to Trent Reznor, a musician who probably doesn't need to hype his art at this point, to trump every other viral marketer with the Internet-heavy promotional campaign for Year Zero. (It's a concept record; think the Big Brother mentality of G...

    by Annie Zaleski on May 3, 2007
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    Tayo - Fabriclive.32 (Fabric)

    With a hard mash of breaks, dubstep, and anything else that buzzes and beckons asses to the dance floor, Tayo's Fabriclive.32 mix packs consistent, convulsive shudders. The South London producer spotlights his neighbors when a handful of dubstep VIPs...

    by Dominic Umile on May 3, 2007
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    Swati - Small Gods (Bluhammock)

    Swati, a thirtysomething lesbian from Manhattan, is a powerful singer/songwriter, but her amazing guitar technique is winning her as many critical raves as her songs. Her 12-string guitar has been restrung as an 8-string with doubled B and high E str...

    by j. poet on May 3, 2007
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    Beyond Compare - There is something new under the (Silver)sun

    By now, you'd think Silversun Pickups frontman Brian Aubert would be ready to slap the next critic he catches comparing the shimmering splendor of Silversun Pickups' fuzz-a-delic breakthrough Carnavas to Smashing Pumpkins. There's clearly more to ...

    by Ed Masley on May 3, 2007
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    Cheb Nacim - Algerian Rai (Arc Music)

    Rai (pronounced "rye") is the name given to the popular music that dominates Algeria's streets and nightclubs and that is present among immigrant communities throughout America. In its original form, rai was a simple folk music made with improvised l...

    by Ernest Barteldes on May 3, 2007
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    Hip-Hop Love Connection - Bachelors in a row, it's you they would be dating/ So evaluate their pitches and calculate your rating

    Introducing tonight's bachelors in no particular order: One is a don in the Puerto Rican Costa Nostra. The second is a rap star who likes to call himself The Snowman. Our final bachelor is proud of his resemblance to his daddy and always rolls with c...

    by Chris Parker on May 3, 2007
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    Junior Brown - Leave your emo on the doorstep

    Musicians who invent stuff are way cool. There's Boston's Tom Scholz, who developed the hugely popular Rockman headphone amplifier; New Orleans soul-punker Quintron and his bizarro, light-activated Drum Buddy; and, of course, Junior Brown, who, two d...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on May 3, 2007
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    Lucinda Williams - Haunt got that swing

    The most powerful introduction to Lucinda Williams' new record, West, comes not from the languid, repetitive opener "Are You Alright?" but from the liner-note inscription by her poet father, Miller Williams: "You do not know what wars are going on d...

    by Nate Cavalieri on May 3, 2007
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    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Nailed it

    Apparently, breaking up helped Black Rebel Motorcyle Club more than it hurt. After losing drummer Nick Jago, remaining members Peter Hayes and Robert Been took an abrupt, well-received detour into acoustic-based folk on 2005's Howl, which soon led to...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on May 3, 2007
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    Ozomatli - Fries with that shake

    Reflecting the urban polyglot of its Los Angeles home, Ozomatli purveys a Latin dance party fueled by horns and covering a seamless expanse of hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk, and salsa. The vibrant sound is impressive live, and the band won a Grammy for i...

    by Chris Parker on May 3, 2007
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    Bright Eyes - But you knew that already

    Bright Eyes' latest effort, Cassadaga, takes its name from a psychic community. The first voice you hear as the orchestra makes like "Revolution 9" is a clairvoyant going on about centers of energy, and there are references to cleansing and communing...

    by Ed Masley on May 3, 2007
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    Club Reventon - Latin very much alive

    The piatas and Patrn will be poppin' as the yearly case of Cinco de Mayo fever grips the Valley this weekend, with an eff-load of fetes and fiestas planned for Saturday, May 5 (peep our guide for proof). We've planned out our whole day, wey, and it...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on May 3, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 3 Axis/Radius: Ladies' Night (hip-hop, rock, dance) AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bikini Lounge: Scratchy Rekkid Night with DJ Shane Kennedy (various) Blue Note: DJ Soloman, & Fredj (acid jazz, trip-hop, house) Bobby C'...

    on May 3, 2007
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