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    George Bowman's "Tribute to Maxine Johnson" - Lady got back

    The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year, alternately known as "Black Friday" and "Blitz Day," when people get up at 4 a.m. to barrel over each other in shopping carts and take advantage of the ridiculous rollbacks. If you'r...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 23, 2006
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    The Melvins - Grunge zero

    Kurt Cobain loved The Melvins. Without that band's influence, there would be no grunge. The outfit un-cheesed Sabbath and created truly evil-sounding metal that directed future generations toward methodical bass lines and sick distortion. Cobain (the...

    by Tuyet Nguyen on November 23, 2006
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    All-American Rejects - There's a Lego game?

    Somewhere, "power-pop" sticklers are brooding that these Oklahomans can't possibly apply that mantle to what it is that they do. According to most universally accepted theorems, most power-pop bands are in their late 30s and early 40s, unless they ha...

    by Serene Dominic on November 23, 2006
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    Copeland - Define at your own risk

    Piano rock, schmiano rock. What Copeland produces is something much more than the recycled Ben Folds schmaltz typical of most ivories-oriented groups. Both Beneath Medicine Tree, the quartet's 2003 debut, and In Motion, its 2005 breakthrough, were aw...

    by Julie Seabaugh on November 23, 2006
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    Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun (Neurot Recordings)

    This is not an album that will translate into catchy ring tones or make you bounce in your car seat, bang your head, shake your booty with friends, or write angry/gushy diary entries about your recent ex. It's thinking (wo)man's music, a sweeping sou...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 23, 2006
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    Glenn Danzig - Black Aria II (Megaforce)

    Best known for incredibly catchy punk songs about murder and monsters, Misfits-Samhain mastermind Glenn Danzig is the only alumnus from hardcore's original old-school scene to land an album at No. 1 on Billboard's classical album chart, with 1993's B...

    by D.X. Ferris on November 23, 2006
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    Lady Sovereign - Public Warning (Def Jam)

    Lady Sovereign may not seem as revolutionary as the last great British hip-hop export, M.I.A. In fact, at times, her record feels a bit like M.I.A. and Dizzee Rascal sitting down to tea. But it's the pintsize rapper's cheeky personality that ultimate...

    by Ed Masley on November 23, 2006
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    Various Artists - Vogue Presents Karl Lagerfeld: My Favorite Songs (Defend Music)

    We'll take the esteemed word of Vogue along with reports of Karl Lagerfeld's collection of 60,000 CDs as evidence that this two-disc comp of the iconic fashion designer's "favorite songs" isn't the product of a focus group. But there's something ...

    by Andrew Marcus on November 23, 2006
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    The Clash - The Singles (Sony/Legacy)

    The Clash may have scavenged the past for inspiration calypso, Beat poets, film idols, rockabilly, the Spanish civil war but never for the sake of nostalgia. And while boxed sets sometimes embalm history, this one suggests the spirit of discovery...

    by Andrew Marcus on November 23, 2006
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    Paul Oakenfold - A Brit of all right

    Is there anything that Paul Oakenfold hasn't done? The London-born wax worker has been dubbed the world's most successful DJ (per Guinness World Records), toured with Madonna, sold zillions of CDs, reportedly has collected as much as 25,000 or more ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on November 23, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 23 Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Camus: KURRENT_affairs with Pablo Gomez (electronic, rock, pop, avant-garde) Chilly Bombers: DJ Statik (hip-hop, dance) Dos Gringos: DJs Benjamin Cutswell & Kid Vicious (rock, '80s, old school hip-hop) ...

    on November 23, 2006
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    SMoCA If You Got 'Em - And drink 'em, too

    SMoCA Nights has become the quintessential fashionable event for Valley clubgoers who want to hang up their ho-bag clothes for the night and feel high-class. With fine art as the backdrop, social sophisticates showed off their stiletto pumps and desi...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 16, 2006
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    A Few Random Drunks - Things go better with smoke

    "All music shows are better with booze," according to Josh Preston, lead vocalist and guitarist of local band A Few Random Drunks. True to its name, the group formed out of "four men who accidentally stumbled into each other" over brewskis, and their...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Fetti Profoun - Valley Fever (PaperChase Records)

    "Fetti Profoun" is a horrible hip-hop handle, but the hooks here are hot as hell. The CD opens with audio clips from local news stations, spliced together to sound like a big, controversial story about Fetti, then busts into the title track with hydr...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Tierra del Fuego - The Great Saturday Night Swindle (Scapular Winging Records)

    "It would mean so much to me to know mystery," Brock Ruggles announces early on in The Great Saturday Night Swindle, but he and his new band Tierra del Fuego have crafted a debut album even Colonel Mustard with a lead pipe in the study would have no ...

    by Serene Dominic on November 16, 2006
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    Rooney - Coppola real nice guys

    Ben Lee may be headlining the "Fun! Fun! Fun! Tour," but the artist most likely to live up to the spirit of that tour name is Rooney, a band whose infectious self-titled debut felt like the Beach Boys bringing in Rivers Cuomo to save the day when Bri...

    by Ed Masley on November 16, 2006
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    Fireball Ministry - Love the sinner

    Holy cowbell, biker babes! This co-ed stoner metal band sure has some gritty gee-tars and hard rock chops on its fourth studio effort, Their Rock Is Not Our Rock. The album takes its title from Deuteronomy 32:31, but the only gospel Fireball Ministry...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Special Edition CD/DVD) (Roadrunner Records)

    If you take a cynic's view toward "expanded" reissues of recent albums, then, yeah: Anymore, the masters don't even get shelved before record labels are padding releases with videos and B-sides, and dangling them before the same folks who bought the ...

    by Aaron Burgess on November 16, 2006
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    The Elected - Regime change

    Based on polls conducted last week, here are some of the reasons Americans chose The Elected this year: 1) They ran a positive, intelligent, feel-good, idea-filled campaign with their second album, Sun, Sun, Sun; 2) They're uniters, not dividers th...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on November 16, 2006
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    Isis - In the Absence of Truth (Ipecac Recordings)

    The thinking-man's-metal tag that hangs on Isis seems bad for business, but guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner and his comrades don't appear to mind. After all, the jacket of their new CD includes the quote ("Nothing is true, everything is permitted") t...

    by Michael Roberts on November 16, 2006
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