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    Brazilian Wax - The latest export from So Paulo, songstress CU, brings an acclaimed debut album and live show to the States

    There must be something in the water of Brazil the country produces a seemingly endless stream of innovative musicians. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that music is as common as water in Brazil, played everywhere from the streets to the shop...

    by Ernest Barteldes on March 29, 2007
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    Norah Jones - Not Too Late (Blue Note)

    Norah Jones is still searching for her perpetual groove. Since garnering instant acclaim at the top of the jazz and pop charts with her multiplatinum debut album, Come Away With Me, Jones's forward momentum hasn't been all that successful. Though und...

    by Lee Zimmerman on March 29, 2007
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    The Stooges - The Weirdness (Virgin)

    The Weirdness ain't punk-classic like Fun House, but let's be fair nothing the recently reunited Stooges can do will ever match their early-Seventies peak. This band does rock, however. Ax-man Ron Asheton is not only a funky-ass rhythm freak, but t...

    by Justin F. Farrar on March 29, 2007
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    Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust (Constellation)

    The world of indie rock has never really embraced the concept of the instrumental jam band. The few exceptions that (barely) fit into that category Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Tortoise don't really follow the genre's rules, instead occup...

    by Jonah Flicker on March 29, 2007
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    Otep - The Ascension (Capitol)

    Otep, the L.A.-based metal fusion quartet led by singer/poet/self-described "mental pugilist" Otep Shamaya, released in 2002 one of the densest, most disturbing debut albums in the history of metal with Sevas Tra. It was a fiery confessional wherein ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on March 29, 2007
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    Of Montreal

    In the video for Of Montreal's latest single, "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse," frontman Bryan Poole plays the role of an aggressive dancing bear who loves cowboy hats. Unlike previous installments of Of Montreal's summery and somewhat detached...

    by Andrés Solar on March 29, 2007
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    Guajiro and All Life Ends

    Axe-wielding marauders from the City of Progress take charge of Churchill's stage on Saturday. With all the punk and metal bands in and around Miami, it's amazing that Dave Daniels and his Churchill's crew are still still carrying the scene aro...

    by Eric W. Saeger on March 29, 2007
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    She Said

    On a recent March evening the members of She Said, a diverse ensemble of Miami's best female musicians, gathered to rehearse for their first-ever performance at the upcoming Fifth Annual Women and Culture Festival. She Said's director, Michelle "Quat...

    by Julienne Gage on March 29, 2007
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    Nicole Henry

    With power and finesse unrivaled by any jazz singer south of Manhattan, Nicole Henry has become Miami's worst-kept secret. The sophisticated Japanese jazz community, for one, is on her like green on wasabi. They've bestowed her honors such as "Best N...

    by Andrés Solar on March 29, 2007
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    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

    It's virtually impossible to figure out how Ted Leo became, you know, Ted Leo. Born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Leo graduated from Seton Hall Prep and received a degree in English from Notre Dame. He is now a strict vegan and plays socially conscious ...

    by Steven Almond on March 29, 2007
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    Gilberto Gil

    Forget the fiery performances that this Brazilian legend has staged in the past, backed by a big band playing reggae and samba. This time around, he follows in the footsteps of Joo Gilberto. Gil performs solo, revisiting both classic and obscure sel...

    by Ernest Barteldes on March 29, 2007
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    Midnight Glimpse: Coconut Grove

    The bars and streets of Coconut Grove looked like a poor man's Abercrombie & Fitch ad one recent Saturday night. Hoards of fresh-faced college students in backward baseball caps and Birkenstocks posed with beer bottles in their hands and an inebriate...

    by Alexandra Quiñones on March 29, 2007
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    No Band Is an Island - Habana Abierta, the supergroup made up of Cuba's premier rock and roll pioneers, prepares for international stardom

    In 1998 I traveled to Cuba to study guitar as part of my graduate studies in cultural anthropology. I was hoping to get a better grasp of the socially conscious Nueva Trova folk music movement, but within a few weeks I was itching to discover someth...

    by Julienne Gage on March 22, 2007
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    If You Can't Riddim, Join 'Em - The gatekeepers of Jamaican music once shunned Black Chiney. Now the Miami four are kings of the dancehall

    Most artists yearn to be recognized and admired by the public. But in the cutthroat world of Jamaican dancehall, fame can lead to serious trouble, particularly if you happen to be a member of the thriving Miami collective Black Chiney. "Back in 20...

    by José Dávila on March 22, 2007
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    Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)

    Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr knows a little something about dealing with strong-willed vocalists (ahem, Morrissey), so it's no surprise that his contributions to the poppiest Modest Mouse record yet are solid. But it's still a treat to hear how fo...

    by Annie Zaleski on March 22, 2007
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    Antibalas - Security (Anti)

    Afrobeat is an often imitated musical form, but few bands approach it with the respect and creativity that Brooklyn's Antibalas has over the years. When the band was created nearly a decade ago, its music picked up where the genre's architects, Fela ...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on March 22, 2007
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    Tinariwen - Aman Imam (World Village)

    Rebel music is ensconced in the DNA of Malian nomad group Tinariwen. Started in the early Eighties as a band of drifters-turned-guerrilla musicians, this septet of African blues players is essentially a group of political refugees creating its own li...

    by Braden Ruddy on March 22, 2007
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    Andy Narell - Tatoom ( Heads Up)

    There are certain instruments folks wouldn't ordinarily associate with jazz music, and the steel pan (used in soca and calypso) is on that list. But on Andy Narell's latest disc, Tatoom, the pan is taken to a different level, and the jazz tunes that ...

    by Ernest Barteldes on March 22, 2007
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    India.Arie

    "I do this for the love of music/Not for the glitter and gold," sings India.Arie on her Grammy-winning ditty, "Little Things." The statement itself isn't exactly groundbreaking, but the emotion in Arie's voice makes her words resonate. One can't help...

    by Alexandra Quiñones on March 22, 2007
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    Dionne Warwick

    We can safely assume that Dionne, living legend that she is, looks forward to returning to Miami under brighter circumstances. Back in 2002, you'll recall, the singer was busted at the airport for possession of marijauna specifically eleven joints ...

    by Steven Almond on March 22, 2007
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