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    Getting Harry - We love the Connick

    The music opens with flowery acoustic guitars double-tracked for a 12-string feel and shimmying with opulent drama, reminiscent of records made in the '60s by acid-hungry British rockers prowling green country lanes in faux-druidic rituals. After a d...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on May 10, 2007
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    Emperors of Japan - Your Freak Majesty (Dark Black Records)

    Some bands wear their influences on their sleeves. Phoenix trio Emperors of Japan are no exception, but the quirky group has altered its attire. The Emperors wear many clothes. For example, "Reptile," the opening track to the band's first album, open...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 10, 2007
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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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    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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    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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    The Silver Daggers - Keep your hands inside the vehicle

    The Los Angeles coeds in Silver Daggers bring the apocalyptic no-wave party ruckus, and then some: They're a viciously exuberant counterpoint to like-minded labelmates Coughs. On the quintet's latest adrenalized outing New High and Ord, on Load f...

    by Ray Cummings on May 10, 2007
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    RJD2 - Generic slide

    RJD2's The Third Hand is the kind of alternative hip-hop record that raises the question: When does a particular artist stop being alternative anything and start to step outside the confines of a single genre? What's even more impressive is that RJD2...

    by Ed Masley on May 10, 2007
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    Paramore - Magical misery tour

    It's been a whirlwind couple of years for Franklin, Tennessee, punk-pop quintet Paramore. Signed to Fueled By Ramen in 2005, their debut All We Know Is Falling came out in the summer of that year, and they've been on the road pretty much ever since....

    by Chris Parker on May 10, 2007
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    Kittie, and Walls Of Jericho - Lucid screaming

    Both of these acts offer a fresh feminine perspective in genres with an overabundance of "masculine" posturing and one-dimensional angst while also refusing to draw attention to their "femaleness" for its own sake. Indeed, Morgan Lander and Candace K...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Spinal Tapped - In which our heroine observes a Sabbath

    "Heeey maaan, you got a cigarette for me?" The question comes from a tall, skinny, glassy-eyed kid in a Megadeth T-shirt, and it's directed at my friend Chazz, who could easily be his father. Chazz asks the kid if he's gonna buy him a beer. "Ye...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 3, 2007
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    Panthers - The Trick (Vice)

    Surfing the retro-rock revival wave isn't a bad thing if you've got balance, and Brooklyn-based Panthers have it. The power rock quartet's found the perfect median between melodic stoner rock, fast-paced punk, and '70s metal here. Tracks like "Uncert...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 3, 2007
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    The Love Me Nots - In Black and White (Atomic A Go Go)

    Remember when it felt as if any band with loud guitars whose singer didn't make you think of Creed was being lumped in with the Vines as part of some ambiguous post-Strokes garage revival? This is what that music would've sounded like if it was real ...

    by Ed Masley on May 3, 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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