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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dab'll do ya

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Ann Arbor's Dabrye adds emcees on Two/Three, locals like Invincible, Guilty Simpson, Big Tone and, on "Game Over," the late Jay Dee, as well as such underground stalwarts as the metal face of MF Doom on "Air," which whirs and splutters like a deconstructed horror film sound track. The vocal...

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Loose

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Check yourselves, Ms. Stefani and Fergie, because Nelly Furtado is the original hollaback girl. She's always had her B-girl street smarts, Portuguese pride, and girl-next-door (or north of the border) sweetness. But here, the Canadian chanteuse has finally gotten her funk on. Loose is produced in bulk by Timbaland (Aaliyah,...

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Live at Tonic

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM

The fusion licks of bassist Christian McBride and his bandmates are so tight that you have to wonder whether they could play this stuff in their sleep. That's a common problem in fusion, for which there are a number of solutions. One is to rely on virtuoso displays, which is...

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Brightblack Morning Light

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Fans of Ambien, of lazing on wraparound porches during Saturday afternoons, and of those hazy, low-key bits in Spiritualized songs where Jason Pierce — possibly while slumped in a corner — whisper-mumbles about Jesus and broken hearts will find love in the sepia-toned somnolence of this self-titled offering from California-via-Kentucky...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Rather Ripped

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM

You heard it here first: Rather Ripped fits into Sonic Youth’s master summer plan. Eight of the veteran group’s last nine albums have been released in even-numbered years, and seven of those in the months of May or June. This isn’t a fluke … it’s perfect. Of course every SY...

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The heat is on

The radio ain’t telling you about these summer jams

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM

From the impressive bulge in his hot pants, the Ark’s Ola Salo hasn’t suffered a botched sex-change operation. Still, listening to The State of the Ark, it’s easy to imagine him starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. After all, the Swedish quintet’s first stateside release cuts a rug on...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Terminal suburbanism

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00 AM

"Don't schedule a show anywhere near your wife's due date," Prime Ministers guitarist Brandon Malik says. His band has forgotten that before, but that's nothing new. "Having spouses, children and day jobs makes rehearsing a scheduling nightmare," he says. Still, band practice is solace, and when the songs are this...

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Everything All the Time

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Band of Horses hugs the line between modern, jangly indie and more traditional roots rock. They aren't the first to try this — fellow Sub-Poppers the Shins as well as My Morning Jacket are fellow travelers. But the songwriting is straightforward if not original, and Ben Bridwell's bright, booming voice...

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Modern Problems

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00 AM

An album of boy-girl coos and combustible pop produced by Steve Albini? Is it the Pixies? Well, on "Meat is Murder Mobile" it could be. But even though Royal Oak's New Grenada has that anxious thing down pat on Modern Problems, and recorded the album with the famously cantankerous Albini,...

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