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Bright Channel

Self-Propelled

Flight Approved

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I can't listen to Denver-based Bright Channel's second album, Self-Propelled, and avoid thoughts of Joy Division, New Order and '80s mope-rock. Melancholy, industrial guitars and feedback waft among sedate drums and frontman/guitarist Jeff Suthers' smooth voice. Suthers recorded the professional, consistent album in the basement of his home. Songs lack uniqueness from one another, and from the tracks of their first, self-titled album. Still, Bright Channel has a good thing going. Beloved by Denver, Self-Propelled garnered Westword's Best Recording of 2006. And their first album was recorded by Steve Albini, whose rsum includes The Pixies, Helmet and Nirvana. Check out Bright Channel at The Black Sheep on April 28, or online at flightapproved.com. Nicole Garst Public Enemy

Rebirth of a Nation

Guerrilla Funk

Some critics have postulated that Public Enemy remains atop its game, even 15 years after its last flirtation with mainstream hip-hop. Considering the current times Hurricane Katrina, the war on terrorism, etc. PE has plenty of fodder to attack on its latest album,

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Rebirth of a Nation, which is a collaboration with Bay Area rapper Paris. Even though this is the first Public Enemy album not fully written by Chuck D virtually all those duties went to Paris it still possesses a distinct Fear of a Black Planet vibe that will entice longtime fans. It's too bad the current bling-bling hip-hop world has no place for the groundbreaking masters of the genre. John Benson Kid Rock

Live Trucker

Atlantic

Kid Rock's abilities are best experienced live, where sweat and beer mix together for a fist-pumping, anthemic evening of bombastic jams. The problem is attempting to capture the magic-in-the-moment nature on tape (or digitally). Unfortunately, Rock's Live Trucker fails miserably in this regard. Recorded in his hometown of Detroit, the 14-track album features his hits "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why," and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" in a rote fashion. The one standout is "Picture," with Gretchen Wilson taking Sheryl Crow's place. On a funny note, considering Rock's current sex-tape shenanigans, a cover of The Gap Band's "Outstanding" begins with Ritchie telling the audience, "All the ladies in the place that want to come backstage / You can't be married or underage." John Benson Kid Rock

Live Trucker

Atlantic

Kid Rock's abilities are best experienced live, where sweat and beer mix together for a fist-pumping, anthemic evening of bombastic jams. The problem is attempting to capture the magic-in-the-moment nature on tape (or digitally). Unfortunately, Rock's Live Trucker fails miserably in this regard. Recorded in his hometown of Detroit, the 14-track album features his hits "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why," and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" in a rote fashion. The one standout is "Picture," with Gretchen Wilson taking Sheryl Crow's place. On a funny note, considering Rock's current sex-tape shenanigans, a cover of The Gap Band's "Outstanding" begins with Ritchie telling the audience, "All the ladies in the place that want to come backstage / You can't be married or underage." John Benson

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