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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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    CMT Tour - Rural meets urban

    Everybody knows that Dubya is a diehard country music fan, but even the good ol' boys would have wrinkled their noses if Trace Adkins had played "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" at the Republican National Convention in 2004. Unfortunately, that hick-hop song...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Tom Waits - Orphans (Anti-)

    Wherein Tom Waits cleans out the closet, holds a garage sale and finds the crowd begging for more, more, more. Hence the 26 soundtrack-compilation-etc. familiars and 30 "new" songs that sound like all the old ones, spread over three discs that glibly...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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    Celluloid Elvis - Your Eddy bear

    Despite the best efforts of several generations of right-wing extremists, it's impossible to watch this DVD, Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows (Image Entertainment) today and truly understand just how electrifying Elvis Presley would have seemed t...

    by Ed Masley on November 16, 2006
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    Disbanded Brothers - South American way

    Last month, two Argentinean children appeared on the popular free video Web site YouTube with their endearing rendition of the classic Sepultura protest song "Refuse/Resist," live from their living room. Within days, the video became the latest I...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on November 16, 2006
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    Vex*a*tion - Save a buck if you're cool

    It's no secret the devilish dance demons of Sadisco hate Tranzylvania. Besides nursing a grudge over how an overzealous bouncer at the popular weekly goth night allegedly broke Sadisco member Dark Father's arm last year, members of the freaky faction...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on November 16, 2006
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    The Trucks - The Trucks (Clickpop Records)

    Here's a group of girls who look like they're dressed for a slutty, gender-bending slumber party, singing a song called "Titties" that asks a question like, "What makes you think we can fuck, just because you put your tongue in my mouth and twisted m...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    The Sonny Side - Sax after 70

    Old folks' music. An antique museum piece. A bleak and forgotten cause. All stereotypes to describe the American-born and -bred art form known as jazz. By these standards, the music created by 76-year-old jazz legend Sonny Rollins belongs locked i...

    by Steve Jansen on November 16, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 16 Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Cat Eye: Punk Rock Thursdays with DJ Diesel (rock, punk) Club Central: DJ Luis (salsa, merengue) The Crown Room: DJ Gable (rock, house, hip-hop) Dos Gringos: DJs Benjamin Cutswell & Kid Vicious (rock...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Lip Service - Only rock 'n' roll?

    When I heard the Rolling Stones were coming to Phoenix on another of their supposed "final" tours, I overdrew my checking account to buy tickets. Usually, when I break the bank for music, it's to buy rare vinyl pressings by obscure sludge/punk bands ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Hightone Deaf - How many roads? At least one more

    American Music: The Hightone Records Story boxed set (Hightone Records) is extremely likable in concept. The imprint is a hardworking indie out of Oakland that has spent the past 20 years documenting modern roots music. In fact, Hightone has released...

    by Justin P. Farrar on November 16, 2006
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    Mountain Music - Bringing the hoedown

    "Know any banjo jokes?" my roommate asks me when I tell him I'm going to see local bluegrass purveyors The Breadwinners on a recent Tuesday night. I don't, but my roomie does. "What's the difference between a banjo and a vacuum cleaner? A vacuum clea...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on November 9, 2006
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    Queen of Blackhearts - Joan Jett wants "a fair shot" for Sinner

    It's the Fourth of July at Cricket Pavilion, and kids wearing tee shirts that pledge their allegiance to every band from Anti-Flag to Less Than Jake are pressed against a makeshift stage at this year's local Warped Tour stop to see a star their paren...

    by Ed Masley on November 9, 2006
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    The Model Host - Little tushes on the catwalk

    Paris, Milan, New York. . . Scottsdale? Okay, so maybe we aren't top billing for fashion hot spots, but with the ever-increasing flow of higher fashion retail possibilities pouring into the Valley, we may get there someday, dammit. And if you happen...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 9, 2006
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    Jello Shots - Paranoid punk prose

    As you read this, the National Security Agency has probably been monitoring your phone calls, while the Department of Homeland Security peruses your e-mail, and agents from the Central Intelligence Agency torture detainees in the War on Terror. A...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on November 9, 2006
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    Avant-Garde the Border - Wall of sound

    Glenn Weyant's The Anta Project a single, 54-minute track created by playing the steel walls and barbed-wire fences along the U.S.-Mexico border using a cello bow and modified chopsticks puts a musical face on illegal immigration under the guise ...

    by Steve Jansen on November 9, 2006
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    Finger-Pluckin' Good - The family-size box

    The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited (Shout Factory) is an all-star, boxed-set tribute to artist and folk music anthologist Harry Smith, whose 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music helped set off the folk music revival ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 9, 2006
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    The Year of Acceleration - Used To Have a Life (self-released)

    If Las Vegas can have its homegrown Britpop, why not Tucson? The Killers acclimated us to Yanks and synths again, but The Year of Acceleration is here to say, "What about surliness and passionate songs about the sun never shining and prescription med...

    by Serene Dominic on November 9, 2006
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    Hacienda Brothers - What's Wrong With Right (Proper Records US)

    Anyone with a dog-eared copy of the Flying Burrito Brothers' debut The Gilded Palace of Sin knows the concept of old-school R&B played by a traditional country-and-western band is nothing new. But Tucson's Hacienda Brothers don't have to wage an awar...

    by Serene Dominic on November 9, 2006
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