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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

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If we call Stan Brakhage's films 'experimental,' it's because no other filmic term fits his style.

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Johnnie Taylor: There’s No Good in Goodbye

Considering that this is a posthumous collection of outtakes and unused tracks amassed from Johnnie Taylor’s 16 years at Malaco, the first pleasant surprise is

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Billy Bob Thornton: The Edge of the World

What began for Billy Bob Thornton as a loving exercise in alternative country has descended into twangy rock and roll gestures mixed with the occasional

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Tossers: Purgatory

Ah, ‘tis good to know that there are still Irish punk bands around—or at least American groups that have tried valiantly to pick up

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	7 Heads R Better Than 1: No Edge-Ups in South Africa

After almost three decades, hip-hop should be tired of the thug clichés, the gun metaphors, the useless misogyny—but Mos Def once said that

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	Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart: Must Be Live

The rapport between Stacey Earle and her husband, Mark Stuart, is only just now getting shared billing but the two have worked together for quite

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The Decemberists: Her Majesty the Decemberists

Her Majesty the Decemberists is distinctive, where the good parts are so good that it’s easy to overlook the not-so-good. Think of it as a delicious, rare fruit, so ripe and sweet that tiny bits of it have gone brown.

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Die Trying: self-titled

There’s just something so completely charming about Sacramento rockers, Die Trying. Maybe it has something to do with their goal to bring rock music

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12 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Ann Coulter doesn't like to be bothered with facts. And besides, she's always right. Just ask her.

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Superchunk: Cup of Sand

Superchunk‘s imprint is all over modern-day rock music. It’s no exaggeration to say that few of the bands lumped together with the dreaded “

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	SushiRobo: The Light-Fingered Feeling of SushiRobo

Seattle’s SushiRobo illustrate an interesting contradiction: On the one hand, they seek credibility by crafting an off-center “arty” and “experimental” sound (though this kind

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	NOFX: The War on Errorism

On the back of the CD booklet for NOFX‘s new album The War on Errorism, there’s a caricature of bewildered-looking George W. Bush

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mary J. Blige: Love & Life

In a scene from the bonus DVD supplied with her seventh album, Love & Life, Mary J. Blige argues with Puffy that something was lost

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	Ashley Park: The Secretariat Motor Hotel

Vancouver’s country pop trio Ashley Park—Terry Miles, Kelly Haigh, and Gregory MacDonald—sound amiable enough on their third album, The Secretariat Motor Hotel,

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jessica Andrews: Now

Jessica Andrews seems to be the hottest “buzz” country act since possibly LeAnn Rimes or, more recently, Shelby Lynne. Having released her 1999 debut album Heart

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Andrew W.K.: The Wolf

Ah, Andrew W.K.—a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a filthy white t-shirt and jeans. His much-talked-about debut, 2001’s I Get Wet,

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11 Sep 2003 // 2:03 AM

Independent hip-hop artist Flo Brown chats with PopMatters music critic Felicia Pride on Whateva Comes to Mind, her recently released album.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

I began to think of the 'race card' as a real collector's item.

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For whatever the hardships, people will read.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Have we maybe now entered that post-modern world where sophisticated audiences can 'read' the levels of a joke without being corrupted by the main text?

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Who Sleeps with Katz by Todd McEwen

Todd McEwen's new novel positively pulsates with vigorous life, which is odd, as superficially it's a novel about dealing with the knowledge of death.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Pestilence by William Owen Roberts

The Black Death, well, it wasn't much fun, was it? Neither is Pestilence, a novel set in 1347 Europe as the plague roared across the continent.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem has always been a cerebral writer with a junk-culture heart.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bliss Street by Kris Kenway

There's just not enough meat to this main course.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Rana’s Wedding (2002)

The movie's power lies in its portrayal of the relentless ingenuity by which the inhabitants of the West Bank subvert the political 'realities' of Israeli military government.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Order (2003)

'We're the Catholic Pete, Linc, and Julie.'"

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

'Are you a Mexican or a Mexi-cant!?'.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Matchstick Men (2003)

The distinctive thunk-thunk-thunk of Angela's skateboard punctuates his first look at her from behind his smoke-clouded windshield.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lost in Translation (2003)

. . . about seeing and not seeing at the same time, a series of incredibly precise, meticulous images of faces and hands and doorframes.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Cabin Fever (2002)

Little do they know the trauma they will endure, and the complete disintegration it will wreak on their group.

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Von Bondies: Raw and Rare

Had enough of sloppy, howling garage rock, yet? Sick of seeing Jack White or one of his protégés (of sorts) plastered on the

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Rapture: Echoes

As cable television programmers will confess, there is nothing at all wrong with obsessing about the ‘80s. Think about it: networks like VH1 and E!

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mary Fahl: The Other Side of Time

In the press release for Mary Fahl‘s debut album, it quotes Variety declaring that she is “earthier than Enya, more nuanced than Celine Dion

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Flunk: For Sleepyheads Only

Norway’s Flunk offer up a brand of hazy, hypnotic downbeat on their debut For Sleepyheads Only that is easy to admire, but difficult to

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Fever: Pink on Pink EP

The 1980s are back in vogue, for better or worse. With bands like Interpol garnering critical success for aping Joy Division, Duran Duran earning a

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	Stanley Clarke: 1, 2 to the Bass

Stanley Clarke‘s first “proper” studio album after almost ten years is neither the unmitigated disaster some broadsheet reviews would have you believe, nor is

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Broadcast: HaHa Sound

When I’m writing about music, I have to constantly remind myself not to get seduced by the trappings of cool. It can be even

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Si Begg: Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut is the debut release from Si Begg, at least under his own name. You may know Begg’s work already from his

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Over the Rhine: Ohio

Let me get this straight right from the start: I have never heard any of Over the Rhine‘s records before this one, I have

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dead or Alive: Evolution: The Hits

In an attempt to perform a pre-emptive strike of sorts, I’d like to begin this review by favoring you with a witticism often uttered

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dressy Bessy: self-titled

What can you say about Dressy Bessy that hasn’t already been repeated? The Denver foursome with ties to the overly name-checked Elephant 6 collective has

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	Tab Benoit: The Sea Saint Sessions

Dedicated to the memory of his brother, Chad Atwell, Tab Benoit went about this album in a rather play by the seat of one’s

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	Bad Brains: Banned in D.C.: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs

Hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains were an anomaly in 1979, and remain one still today. Easily one of the most ferocious bands in the history of

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ray Benson: Beyond Time

Ray Benson‘s list of accolades and achievements got a little bit longer earlier this year when the Texas House of Representatives Committee on State

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Paul Newman plays Donald 'Sully' Sullivan, a shiftless 60-year-old forever dodging his responsibilities.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Warren Zevon outlived his doctor's diagnosis by several months. Originally, all he claimed he wanted to do was live to see the next James Bond film; instead, he turned 'four months left to live' into an entire year.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

  Homecoming 2003 or How I Ended Up Onstage With Iggy and the Stooges In 1967, a young, aspiring bluesman named Jim Osterberg left his hometown of

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The Star SpanglesPhoto credit: Howard Thompson The Smithereens   Something Old, Something New . . . A headlining appearance by the Smithereens would have been appropriate 15 years ago.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: John Ballon S E T    L I S T Your Mind and We Belong TogetherOrange SkiesMy Little Red BookAlone Again OrA

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Roger Sargent   The Libertines faced a number of obstacles before they even set foot on stage at Irving Plaza. For one, they

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Photo credit: Bill Groll   The Continental Club is an old hangout on the south side of Austin, the part of town where people believe

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

:. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Dave Gahan, known the world ‘round as the lead singer of seminal synth-pop band Depeche

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

24: Season 2

'This is a red meat show. People kill people and go eat a sandwich right after.'

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Lost in La Mancha (2002)

What will most surely whet fans' appetites are the DVD's two 50-minute interviews with Terry Gilliam.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Identity (2003)

As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Double Vision (Shuang Tong) (2002)

Shows how the struggle to see and know is an increasingly complex and global one.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Core (2003)

While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

'The big challenge we faced in the beginning is that, in the comic book, the Bulletproof Monk really isn't in the comic.'"

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Nate Sallie: Inside Out

The bio says that Nate Sallie‘s path musically was something that probably wasn’t the main thing on his list of career opportunities. A

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Enon: Hocus Pocus

Enon make music as gaudy and as busy as their record sleeves. Their roots are in such radically diverse sounds (Brainiac and Blonde Redhead, among

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	eastmountainsouth: self-titled

Sometimes an artist’s background is ripe with quirky anecdotes; the sort of thing that makes for a fun transition between the bio and the

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Regina Carter: Paganini: After a Dream

Regina Carter hit the newsstands at the end of 2001 by becoming the first non-Classical musician and first African American to play the renowned Paganini violin “

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	June Carter Cash: Wildwood Flower

“What June did for me was post signs along the way, lift me when I was weak, encourage me when I was discouraged, and love

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Tim Bluhm: The Soft Adventure EP/Colts

Musicians are often criticized for appropriating identities naturally alien to them. A kid from the suburbs singing about the anxieties of city life can be

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Blue Series Continuum: The GoodandEvil Sessions

The eclectic jazzmen recording for the Thirsty Ear label have spent the last few years as musical mad scientists of sorts. Toiling away in the

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	Various Artists: Matinee 50

Matinee Records is one of the finer purveyors of indie pop currently in the game. Based out of California but specializing in primarily British music

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	You Am I: Deliverance

Australia’s You Am I have been at the music game for about a decade, but it seems like much longer. That impression is hardly

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Loudon Wainwright III: So Damn Happy

To find the comedy in tragedy is the mark of a mature talent. Loudon Wainwright III has it in spades. When you marry a gift

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Stills: Rememberese

The Stills stand at indie music’s paradox of popularity: they’ve reached the threshold of being hip, but they now teeter on the brink

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Swell: Bastards & Rarities 1989-1994

It’s a good thing that Swell has attached the years 1989-1994 onto the end of the title of this collection of b-sides. If they

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

Pulp: Hits

Pulp have a greatest hits record, and it’s about goddamned time. The enigmatic group, fronted by the inimitable Jarvis Cocker, are by far the oldest and wisest of the Britpop behemoths.

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	Junior Senior: D-d-don’t Don’t Stop the Beat

This review needs to do a lot of things. Let’s list them out. 1. Mention that Junior Senior is a Danish dance-pop duo and that

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	The Darkness: Permission to Land

You really start to notice how badly people crave simple, idiotic, happy rock music when you see how many of them are actually paying to

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	The Black Heart Procession: Hearts and Tanks

Some kind of riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma is going on here. Whatever is wrong with this picture seems “wrong” on so

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fans are forming their own entertainment subcultures, creating their own distinct meanings, and, to steal a phrase from the IWW, creating a 'new society within the shell of the old.'

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Many (children) continue to live with their parents into their thirties and consume the family's savings in college tuition, sumptuous weddings, expensive divorces, and parasitic habits.

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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

David Spade movies are pathetic by definition.

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

One minute, it's a bumbling adolescent romance; the next, it's a family melodrama; and at still another, it's a schoolboy caper flick.

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3 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Rima: This World

Domu (Dominic Stanton) is from London and has been building up a solid CV as a DJ and producer within broken-beat and similarly fashionable circles.

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	Phantom Tollbooth: Beard of Lightning

You can call Bob Pollard a lot of things, but lazy isn’t one of them. Pollard, the singer, songwriter, and overpowering force behind Guided

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	Patrick Park: Loneliness Knows My Name

Hollywood has long been referred to as high school with money. The music industry, by comparison, is considered junior high school with money. To me,

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3 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	MC5: Kick out the Jams

The year was 1968 and America was on the brink of socio-political upheaval. Two of its brightest visionaries, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, had

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3 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Kenna: New Sacred Cow

Connecting the dots of Fred Durst, Duran Duran, and the Neptunes into a coherent musical picture isn’t an easy task—but the Ethiopian-born synth-funk

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	Jane’s Addiction: Strays

Over two decades ago, Jane’s Addiction emerged from the convoluted punk/metal/glam Los Angeles scene as a ball of mutated sights and sounds.

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	I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House: Put Here to Bleed

Nashville schtickmeister Toby Keith might sing about the Angry American, but he’s got nothing on Portland, Oregon’s Mike D. As the singer/chief

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3 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	BT: Emotional Technology

Far be it from me or any critic to trash an artist for pushing the envelope. But BT doesn’t so much push the envelope

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One thing investigative journalist Greg Palast is not is some blow-dried cream puff crowing the party line on CNN or Fox News. While America has

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2 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Beth Thornley: self-titled

There’s a fresh new female voice on the rock scene that takes the stage with a confident sense of self and melody enhanced by

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	The New Amsterdams: Worse for the Wear

Worse for the Wear, the third full-length from Get Up Kid Matt Pryor’s side project the New Amsterdams is aggressively hooky and listenable—as

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2 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: So (SACD)

In 1986, Peter Gabriel was thrust into the unlikeliest of positions. He had been such an excellent cult artist that he had simply outgrown his small

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2 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Five Deez: Kinkynasti

When the first album from Cincinnati’s Five Deez came out, I gave it about 20 minutes, thinking, “Hmm. Techno-hop. Interesting”, before unceremoniously shelving it. When

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	Bill Frisell: The Intercontinentals

The course that Bill Frisell has taken since his 1997 album Nashville has proven vexing to many who were originally pulled in by the guitarist’s

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2 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Fats Domino: Blues Kingpins

When rock and roll burst onto America’s cultural landscape in the 1950s, it probably looked to most Northerners like it had simply appeared out

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2 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

Cowboy Mouth: Uh-Oh

If the energy of Cowboy Mouth‘s live shows could be bottled up, it would knock Prozac off the shelves. They’re not so much

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2 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The ferocity of tone against gay marriage heartens me as much as it makes me want to barbed wire my front yard.

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2 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Luisa Cinta As if he weren’t already enough of a cipher, Smog’s Bill Callahan has now started cloaking his stage name

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2 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T 6’1”Polyester BrideRock MeDivorce SongHelp Me MaryExtraordinaryFuck and RunFavoriteJohnny FeelgoodWhy Can’t I?Red Light FeverSupernovaFlower So

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2 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Free for AllWango TangoStormtroopin’Snakeskin CowboyWang Dang Sweet PoontangKlstrphnkyRawdogs & WarhogsCraveI Won’t Go AwayHey BabyJust

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2 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

“What is Iceland like?” I asked a sea-faring friend of mine a few hours before I was to see a performance by Múm. “Imagine

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