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We came for the Indigo Girls, and we were not alone. Although some decided to beat the traffic by leaving early, it was obvious that a great deal of the crowd were aware of the great shows that the Indigos put on, and planned on sticking it out until the bitter end.

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Fire Show stopped in Los Angeles this past Thursday night for one of the final dates on their farewell tour. One of the band’

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Ralph Stanley Emmylou Harris Patty Loveless Sometimes a concert can get downright surreal. That was the case when Down from the Mountain—a celebration of

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Black MassSatan’s ChildI LuciferiTwist of CainHalo Goddess BoneHer Black WingsKiss the SkullUnspeakableLilinSnakes of ChristDead InsideWicked

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Cousteau is something of a secret, so it’s fitting that they are playing a little, hidden club like The Hideout. The only other sign

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Public hospitals, state pension schemes, and police forces may be needed in order to fulfill society's obligations to prolong, maintain, and improve our lives, but fulfill them they must.

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Taking the Train: How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City. by Joe Austin

Austin points out the two chief discourses through which residents and visitors find meaning in the city: The Naked City or the New Rome. The New Rome is the pinnacle of civilization, the city where dreams are fulfilled, fame is won, and riches earned. The Naked City, on the other hand, is the seedy metropolis of noir films, where life is cheap and virtue meaningless.

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla  by Nick Fowler

But while the conditions and circumstances that afflict the characters are strange, their agonies, of loneliness and alienation, are universal; and Fowler's story aches with a hurt many people, who've loved and lost, should recognize.

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Power Plays: Win or Lose—How History’s Great Political Leaders Play the Game by Dick Morris - Pop

... if you don't have natural charm, you sure aren't going to pick it up from a pedantic, dull as dirt book like 'Power Plays'.

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31 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Do No Harm by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz

Everyone involved will undoubtedly make shameful amounts of money from this splendid example of western decadence without ever questioning the ethics of what they've done.

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Alan Ayckbourn: Grinning at the Edge by Paul Allen

The reader is left with a strong sense of the often violent pressures that build up in situations demanding extreme commitment for little financial reward, and how these pressures can affect individuals as well as teams of people.

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	Dolly Parton: Halos and Horns

Although it might seem strange, Dolly Parton’s return to her roots was something of a risk. The first record of her bluegrass trilogy, The

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30 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Archer Prewitt: Three

Once synonymous with the post-rock hybrid and its indulges into pretentious mechanics, the Thrill Jockey label has shed itself of its countless Tortoise side-project excursions

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30 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

Interpol: The Interpol EP

With this EP, Interpol prove that they are more than ready to take the title of most important band and run with it.

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	Kenny Garrett: Happy People

LListening to Kenny Garrett’s sweet-tough sax on Happy Days, his seventh outing for Warners, it is tempting to speculate on what might have happened

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30 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jay Bennett and Edward Burch: The Palace at 4am (Part I)

Let’s be clear about a couple of things. First, this article is about Jay Bennett, Edward Burch, and their intriguing debut album, The Palace

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30 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Aloha: Sugar

Described so astutely by an All Music Guide reviewer as “that one band with the vibraphone”, Cleveland-based four-piece Aloha has gone through some interesting changes

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30 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Susanne Abbuehl: April

Swiss singer Susanne Abbuehl seems an artist ready made for ECM Records’ aesthetic—quiet, contemplative, romantic with a measure of melancholy, with an exquisitely beautiful

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	The Velvet Underground & Nico: self-titled

What more needs to be said about The Velvet Underground’s first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, that hasn’t been said already, countless

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	Pinebender: Too Good to be True

A few years back, Chicago trio Pinebender flew in straight outta left field and delivered one of the most intriguing, engaging records of 1998, Things Are

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29 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Eric Lichter: Palm Wine Sunday Blue

It’s always nice to find a soft-spoken CD that gets your attention with quirky details, e.g., unusual instrumentation, unexpected hooks, and pleasant melodies

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	Juba Collective: self-titled

The overall concept of the project emphasizes the importance of Dance and Groove in creative music. Dance music can incorporate many styles and approaches to

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	Freescha: Slower Than Church Music

The San Francisco duo of Nick Huntington and Michael McGroarty, better known as Freescha, shouldn’t throw a scare into the electronica scene. The sons

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	Dianogah: Millions of Brazilians

It is well known that the guitar is both the playboy and the drama queen of the rock world: it screams, wails, and weeps. Dianogah’

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29 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Greg Brown: Milk of the Moon

Getting to the heart of the matter has never been difficult for folk singer/songwriter Greg Brown. Maybe it has something to do with fact

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Michael Franti has made a life ignoring conventions. Maybe it stems from a formative childhood, a black boy adopted by white parents. Maybe it arises from an unwillingness to merely regard music as an frippery, an entertainment, merely a dramatic gesture

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Dan Bryk's songs have a distinct quirkiness that all have their own separate charm.

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29 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Despite strong anti-war sentiments in the 60's, this war comic was extremely popular with audiences.

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Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.

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	Tabla Beat Science: Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove

This is a recording of a concert that took place on 12 August 2001, in front of approximately 12,000 people in San Francisco’s Stern Grove Park. I

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25 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Greg Osby: Inner Circle

In his book New York Is Now, Phil Freeman describes the beginnings of a shift in the audience for jazz/improvised music, as practiced by

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	Laura Nyro: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession / Gonna Take a Miracle / New York Tendaberry

“I’m not interested in conventional limitations when it comes to my songwriting . . . I can say anything. It’s about self-expression. It knows no package—

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	Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove: Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis & John

By nature, I tend to be leery of all-star bands, or should I say recordings of all-star bands, especially when they exist primarily to pay

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	Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera

Ah, the South. It’s a contradictory place to be sure. Our storytelling tradition has generated some of the nation’s best writers, but low

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	The Cranberries: Treasure Box - The Complete Sessions 1991-1999

The Cranberries’ new 10-year career retrospective, Treasure Box, consisting of their first four albums, with added bonus tracks, is not only a chance for die-hard

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25 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Tadpole (2002)

In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.

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25 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sex and Lucía (2002)

A film that assembles layers of truth and untruth, faith and distrust, as characters struggle to make sense of the worlds they make and resist.

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Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

The so-called postmodern self-references of the previous Austin Powers films here become epidemic, though more is not exactly better. It's just more. And it is repetitive.

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	Various Artists: Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down: A Tribute to Kris Kristrofferson

In 1965, after leaving his position as a literature professor at West Point, Kris Kristofferson moved down South to become a professional songwriter. Success didn’t

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	Various Artists: The Pledge of Allegiance Tour

The Pledge of Allegiance Tour CD is one of the worst album releases of 2002, and is one of the worst live albums I have ever

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24 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Butch Walker: Left of Self-Centered

Butch Walker is a funny guy. He has his hand in many cookie jars, whether it be as a rock star (okay, a one hit

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24 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

Sonic Youth: Murray Street

Where the canonical Daydream Nation took aggressive trips into technical experimentation with clenched teeth and closed fists, Murray Street seems more interested in lighting up, putting the vibe in cruise control, and storytelling from the lighter fringe of the band’s sprawling creative geography

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	Christos Rafalides: Manhattan Vibes

One of last year’s highlights was a Latin jazz session from bassist John Benitez. Descarga in New York was a mixture of modernist funk

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24 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Nashville Pussy: Say Something Nasty

Music, by nature, is uncivilized. And the most uncivilized creature in the great, wide world of music is rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been that

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24 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dennis Kamakahi: Ohana

There’s the family he grew up with in Honolulu, particularly his father and the sessions on the porch when relatives and friends gathered each

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24 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Carly Hennessy: Ultimate High

It appears that the demand for candy-pop musicians may never go out of style, unfortunately, as evidenced by Britney Spears making the top of Forbes’

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	John Lee Hooker: The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

Although he passed away last year, blues legend John Lee Hooker is still a source of inspiration for many blues, pop, and rock newcomers. Along

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24 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	East River Pipe: Shining Hours in a Can

Slide Shining Hours in a Can into your CD player and fill your room with a jangly independent pop of understated sweetness that’s hard

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	black tape for a blue girl: The Scavenger Bride

You’re sitting in a dimly lit, prototypically European pub, located in Prague sometime in the middle of the 20th century. An old man is

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Bayard, Designer/Publisher: Dan Peyton, review by Phoebe Kate Foster -- That quality of raw honesty may set your teeth on edge or it may speak to your soul. It may infuriate you or give you a hearty laugh or bring tears to your eyes. You may throw 'Happy' across the room occasionally -- but more than likely, you'll retrieve it and go on reading.

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A Brief Summer Reading List, Fiction for Women“Literature: proclaiming in front of everyone what one is careful to conceal from one’s immediate circle.”—

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Tool Tomahawk The first time I saw Mike Patton live, eleven years ago with Faith No More, he flopped around like a fish onstage, wiggling

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

“We’re a bunch of old farts from North Carolina.” That’s how veteran indie rockers Superchunk described themselves to an audience comprised mainly of

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Poison S E T    L I S T PoisonLook What the Cat Dragged InRide the WindSqueeze BoxI Want Action(guitar solo)Emperor’s

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The Flying Luttenbachers Rah Bras “More Than Music 10 casts the net wider to reach out across different genres and scenes in order to forge links

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

ETTA JAMES14 July 2002: BB King’s Blues Club & Grille — New York by Kandia Crazy Horse Joi Res Flight to Amazonia (Slight Return) Saturday in

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Dirtbombs The Detroit Cobras Co-headlining a two-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, the Detroit Cobras and the Dirtbombs are part of the

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Dave AlvinPhoto credit: Stephen Smith Only in Madison would you find a dive bar with a grilled portabella sandwich on the menu. This is what

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Both the Northerns and the Westerns tend to have an outlaw as their main protagonist . . .

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Confederate soldiers utilized the Rebel Yell to put fear into the hearts and souls of the Union Army. It also made them happy, I suspect, to holler in the woods.

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Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

Nearly half of Shakey's 738 pages of text are devoted to the 1970s, and while some readers may find McDonough's attention to detail frustrating, fans of Young's music will be fascinated with the account of Young's most productive decade, from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere to Rust Never Sleeps.

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Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times by Neil Astley (editor)

This new anthology from Bloodaxe is a marvel of editorial skill and taste, offering 500 modern poems by diverse writers as a demonstration of the efficacy of poetry in the modern world.

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The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks

In today's world Kidd would have been the unwitting scapegoat for the Enron fiasco, allowing everyone else to get away Scot-free while he rotted in prison.

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The Father Costume and Notable American Women by Ben Marcus

About Ben Marcus there is so much to be discussed but nothing, really, to be explained.

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

a vivid world where floods are described as 'gray soup,' a woman's bound breasts as 'small, withered, modest as folded flowers,' pansies as having 'the faces of spoiled babies,' and horses as having coats of 'brutal velvet.'"

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24 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Lummox: The Evolution of Man by Mike Magnuson

Perhaps it's stereotypical, but men who drink American beer and watch football aren't even supposed to read books, much less write them. Magnuson, however, has bucked the stereotype. He is a regular blue-collar guy, but he's also a damn good fiction writer.

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A Jacques Barzun Reader: Selections from his Works by Michael Murray, Editor

As a comprehensive anthology, 'A Reader' has wired into its DNA the tendency to deflect attention from the subject at hand in order to illuminate by refraction the face of the writer.

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Boat Bastard: A Love/Hate Memoir by Deborah van Rooyen

The poster child of tell-all, slam-the-bastard, blame-anyone-but-yourself books.

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As I Live and Breathe, Notes of a Patient-Doctor by Jamie Weisman, M.D.

It is clear that her enthusiasm for life has influenced her enthusiasm for writing and medicine.  The reader of 'As I Live and Breathe' will likely finish the book with a newfound appreciation for illness, medicine, and life in general.

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23 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Violent Femmes: self-titled

September 1984: It’s my freshman year in college; I’m lonely, I feel out of place, I’m 2,500 miles from my Oregon home, etc., you’

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23 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Trammps: self-titled

After two years of cutting singles for Buddha Records, the Trammps formed their own label in 1975, which they named Golden Fleece. A short time later,

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23 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Guided By Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles

It’s Robert Pollard’s world; we just live in it. Widely known as the highly prolific singer-songwriter for indie-rock heroes Guided By Voices, Pollard

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22 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Delta Blues

Some people when they hear the words ‘Rough Guide’ perhaps think of travelogues. In addition to books, however, the company also produces and distributes sonic

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	Mull Historical Society: Loss

Call me shallow, but the cover art of Loss almost kept me from buying the thing. Nevermind the obsequious musings from the British press prominently

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22 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain

Break all the records . . . burn the cassettes . . . It’s 1982. The United States (and the world at large) is adjusting to the next phase of the

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	Jeff Golub: Do It Again

Although he is a mainstay of smooth jazz charts and radio schedules, Jeff Golub belongs to one of the genre’s precursors rather than the

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22 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Funerals: Pathetic Me

When you think of Icelandic bands, slowly the main claim to fame of Björk and The Sugarcubes starts to recede in favor of

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22 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Dent: Neurotica

Finding new talent is always a personal celebration for me but when that talent finds me, it’s even more an endorsement of why I’

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	Neil Diamond: Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings . . . Plus!

For some 35 years, Neil Diamond has been the people’s singer. From his early days as a Brill Building songwriter-for-hire, to his still-yearly presence in

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Edited by R. T. Smith Washington & Lee University Published quarterly, 1 year, $22; 2 years, $40; 3 years, $54. Speaking the Mother Tongue of Art Literary journals in the United

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

That first U.S. 'Big Brother' may not have made 'great television,' but the cast and producers of 'Big Brother' -- whether they intended to or not -- offered a positive take on about human nature.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sex and the City

We discover new aspects about sex and female pleasure in nearly every episode of Sex and the City.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Meet the Marks

The label 'sitcom' is a misrepresentation. 'Meet the Marks' lacks comedy.

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Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Sketch comedy with loose rules and borders, intermixing live sketches with filmed bits.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Monk

If the energy and originality of the storylines catch up with Monk and Sharon's dynamic, the series can only improve.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Donahue

Donahue was visibly overwhelmed by the venom and ferocity of the guests' attacks against one another.

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Silkworm: Italian Platinum

It’s sad when a band’s seventh album is the one that’s supposed to gain them widespread exposure in the underground, but doesn’

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	Scuba: King Britt Presents Scuba: Hidden Treasures

Who the hell is this guy? He’s been Silkworm, the DJ for early ‘90s flash-in-the-pan rappers Digable Planets. Remember Digable Planets? They were jazz-obsessed

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Les Yeux Noirs: Balamouk

I recently saw Les Yeux Noirs playing to a sold-out enthusiastic crowd at Henflings, a little biker bar in the Santa Cruz Mountains. My first

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Koop: Waltz for Koop

When you hear the new album by Swedish duo Koop, your first instinctive thought is, “This is a jazz album.” Even when you notice that

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Solomon Burke: Don’t Give Up on Me

Soul artists the stature of James Brown and Aretha Franklin will always be worth paying attention to simply because of the magnitude of their past

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Autechre: Gantz Graf

Every year, the schism that divides electronic music into two very distinct and easily recognizable halves seems to grow larger and larger. On one side,

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Aden: Topsiders

A lot of people found it curious that DC-based indie-poppers Aden elected to name their last two records after Steely Dan songs (“Black Cow” and “

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Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Ever since the debut of the landmark TV movie, The Night Stalker, the cry has been, "When are we going to see a Kolchak

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sunshine State (2002)

Its attention to intricate sociopolitical tensions, Sunshine State, recalls Sayles' previous work.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Stuart Little 2 (2002)

With all the incessant action, 'SL2' feels like it's trying to be bigger than it is.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Lovely & Amazing (2002)

Even as the girls in Holofcener's world have their own problems, they provide acutely recognizable reflections.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

K-19 (2002)

For all its efforts to offer other views, 'K-19' is an all too average U.S. war movie.

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Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Busta out-acts and out-spectacularizes Tyra Banks.

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