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4 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

There are leaders and there are followers, innovators and thieves, creative businessmen and swindlers. Music acts are no different. Watching Of a Revolution (O.A

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4 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sitting in The Paramount Theater for a concert, one feels like a nocturnal worshipper slipping into a gilded cathedral to hear the best preacher in

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I don’t think Enon set out to become an indie-rock supergroup, but it seems that that’s what they’ve become. I can almost

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4 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

“Let’s go Mur-phys, Lets Go Mur-phys,” roared the rambunctious crowd at the 2002 Pepsi Irish Fest in New York! It so happens that this festival

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4 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Cornelius seems like an unaffectedly magnetic performer—charming and adorable without being fey or foppish, radiating rock-god confidence without being arrogant. I get the sense

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Commercials not only serve as the sort of national archives for domestic events and values -- the town crier, if you will -- but advertising is one of the ways that popular culture actually manages to persist.

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4 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Life of Pi: A Novel by Yann Martel

In the best tradition of all good literature, it "shows," but never "tells.

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Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence by Gerard Jones

In fact, everything in 'Killing Monsters' works, placing it in sharp contrast to the endless sky-is-falling rhetoric of the last few decades, which seems designed for no other purpose than make us fear both the media and our own children.

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Dr. Tatiana’s eEx Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson

I'm appalled by the behavior of the young iguanas of today: I keep encountering groups of youths masturbating at me.

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4 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Crocodile Soup by Julia Darling

The themes of loss, isolation, and desperation are ripe with possibility, and yet Darling's treatment of these topics often leaves the reader cold.

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3 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Wayne: Music on Plastic

No one knows when, why, or even how it happened, but rock music has silently slipped into cult status in the last couple of years.

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3 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Aimee Mann: Lost in Space

The front door slams shut behind you, the sound echoing throughout the empty apartment. It’s quiet except for the sound of rain outside the

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3 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Junior Kimbrough: You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough

Just about five years ago, David “Junior” Kimbrough was watching TV in a Holly Springs, Mississippi housing project when a heart attack struck and killed

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3 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dropsonic: Belle

If there’s one thing that can be said for Dropsonic, it’s that they truly rock hard. Another band to land on the 54 40’ Or

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	Brand New Sin: self-titled

It seems that every time I review a metal CD, I have to go on a big, lengthy diatribe about how dead nu-metal is, how

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	Mary J. Blige: Dance for Me

After the success of her last album, No More Drama, Mary J. Blige has become more of a crossover urban pop star than an R

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	Atmosphere: God Loves Ugly

The atmosphere of Atmosphere’s God Loves Ugly is dark. Slug, the Minneapolis hip-hop group’s lone MC, is an amalgam of angst, bitterness and

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3 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Axl Rose delighted mature viewers but left much of MTV's new target audience -- those who think the Backstreet Boys are old -- thinking the 40something's antics were a bit sad.

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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973)

Ziggy falters as a visual experience, a conspicuous failing considering its spectacle-obsessed subject.

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Tokyo Revelation (Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku) (2002)

But too soon, it's back to more possessions and double-crosses and a baffling scheme.

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Red Hawk: Weapon of Death (2002)

It's all just so wonderfully corny.

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30 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

feardotcom (2002)

Udo Kier stumbles down a dark New York subway stairway, his face sweaty and deeply shadowed, his eyes popping in that Udo Kierian way.

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29 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The The: Soul Mining

The band whose name drives SpellCheck nuts reexamines its history, finally, thankfully. After sitting on one of the most prolific catalogs of modern rock for

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29 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Sleater-Kinney: One Beat

I can’t remember where I actually saw it, but I could have sworn that one major-paper reviewer likened the sound of Sleater-Kinney’s newest

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29 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Chuck Prophet: No Other Love

In 1990, Chuck Prophet cut Brother Aldo, his first solo record. Recorded shortly after he left Green on Red, a cow punk outfit from San Francisco,

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	Laura Nyro: Live: The Loom’s Desire

You either get Laura Nyro or you don’t. If you don’t, then you shouldn’t really even try, because you’re going to

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29 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	My Favorite: The Kids Are All Wrong

With retro posturing running especially rampant in the rock underground, Long Island’s criminally overlooked My Favorite provides a fresh antidote to such fashion-over-function flybys.

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Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights

Turn on the Bright Lights is the album modern followers of post-punk have been waiting for. It is the album that makes all the hub-bub about the New York City music scene of late seem justified.

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	The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

I had finally had enough of the jewel cases cluttering my room. So right before I moved away for college, I invested in a multi-disc

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	Victoria Williams: Sings Some Ol’ Songs

When Victoria Williams was growing up in Louisiana, she would often visit her grandmother. An old radio in the house played classic songs by Irving

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	Soviet: We Are Eyes, We Are Builders

You gotta feel bad for any artist with the unfortunate fate of being labeled “electroclash”. First, its ‘80s predecessors, who rode the Wave when it

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	Luke Slater: Alright on Top

When musical genres start running out of steam, they begin to cannibalize their past. This is what rock has been doing now for over a

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28 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Pan American: The River Made No Sound

Mark Nelson’s third release as Pan American, The River Made No Sound is, aside from its artistic worth, a subtle and charismatic amalgamation of

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28 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Nightmares on Wax: Mind Elevation

Music and drug culture have been known to go hand in hand from the beginning. From the reports of Ecstasy and Special K use at

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28 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Here Comes Everybody: Astronauts

Aside from the mellowed-out cover of Gary Numan’s “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” on There Goes Everybody’s Astronauts, there’s not a whole lot to

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	Marianne Faithfull: Kissin’ Time

“I am a muse, not a mistress, not a whore,” sings Marianne Faithfull on her new album Kissin’ Time. Strong, smart words, and sung with

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Remember when metal was fun? And no, I’m not talking about the easy AquaNet-and-mullet punchline that is 1980s glam rock, which VH1 would have

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T The RisingLonesome DayProve It All NightThe FuseDarkness on the Edge of TownEmpty SkyYou’re MissingWaitin’ on

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Given the garage rock explosion that’s happened over the last 12 months, it seems almost passé to see a band like the Soledad Brothers. Wasn’

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Before we turn our attention to Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated performance at Chicago’s House of Blues, let’s briefly talk about how a

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Maroon 5Photo credit: Bobby Carmichael S E T    L I S T Through With YouNot Coming HomeThis LoveThe SunShe Will Be LovedHarder to

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Voyage to India For the first time in my life, I had the pleasure to visit the land of India. Known for her serene aura

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

It’s almost midnight and we are waiting for hard rocking dynamos, the Hot Snakes, to take the stage of the grand Bowery Ballroom. Thanks

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

I purchased a tent, a sleeping bag, a packet of baby wipes, three packets of cigarettes and a bottle of vodka.

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Prague shows the world that sacrifice is not futile, that evil can be fought and ultimately, defeated.

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Receiving several queries from members who felt that they had been discriminated at their workplace for being 'too happy' (one can only imagine what happy feats incurred the wrath of their employers), Johnson also contacted the ACLU in efforts to curb happiness discrimination.

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Shed: Poems 1980-2001 by Ken Smith

Smith is a poet of voices, a ventriloquist in writing, drawing on the ancient traditions of balladeers, troubadors, and wandering poets.

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Step to the Graveyard Easy by Bill Pronzini

Written with ironic, hard-boiled prose, 'Step to the Graveyard Easy' hearkens back to the soiled elegance of Chandler and Cain.

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Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years 1960-1975 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

I thought of myself as a revolutionary...I wanted to see women liberated, thinking for ourselves, not just organized into a political constituency....

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The Courage of Strangers: Coming of Age with the Human Rights Movement by Jeri Laber

In chronicling her life as a human rights activist, Laber reveals how human rights theory and practice can be wedded in such a way that both fields are enriched.

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Paris Café Music

For several years, the Rough Guide book company and the World Music Network recording label have been producing collections of songs that characterize well-known travel

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	John Surman / Jack DeJohnette: Invisible Nature

John Surman has had a wide ranging and varied career playing an unusual combination of instruments. As a baritone saxophonist, he is in a rarified

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited: Jet Sound Inc.

Lounge Lizards, Swingers, and Hipsters of the 21st century unite! We have found our soundtrack. The ultra-hip Swiss of Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited have given

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Mike Ireland and Holler: Try Again

When the world was a little younger, alternative and country went together like milk and whiskey. The Alternative Country label came later, and got stuck

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dag Nasty: Minority of One

Revelation Records called it “the most important release in the history of our label.” No small claim from a label whose catalog reads like a “

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Action: Rolled Gold

The Action were a George Martin-produced soul-pop band in mid-‘60s England, musical brothers of the early Who, The Small Faces, and the Zombies. Despite

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For some reason (possibly the urban secularism of both forms) jazz and hip-hop have generally made sympathetic partners.

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26 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Dressed in Black:  A Tribute to Johnny Cash

If there’s anyone deserving a birthday extravaganza with lots of presents, it’s Johnny Cash, whose 70th birthday has been garnering serious—and well

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	Various Artists: Departures: Global Expeditions in Nu Jazz + Broken Beats

Is there a worse name for a sub-genre of music than “nu jazz”? The answer, it turns out, is yes—now some folks have taken

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26 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Doug Powell: The Lost Chord

“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”—Frederich Nietzsche, from Thus

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26 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Palomar: Palomar II

The songs of Palomar are beyond peppy, blasting into full-blown exuberance. An infectious energy runs through all the NYC band’s material, fueled by who-knows-what

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	The Naysayer: Heaven, Hell or Houston

The Naysayer, as a band, is mostly a vehicle for the talents of Texas singer/songwriter Anna Padgett. However, the fact that its other members

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	Mingus Big Band: Tonight at Noon . . . Three or Four Shades of Love

Even the greenest of instrumental amateurs knows that which separates a good jazz musician from the rest of the pack is an intimate understanding of

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	Heather Myles: Sweet Talk & Good Lies

It’s been 10 years since Heather Myles released her debut album on Hightone records. The album, Just Like Old Times, has a few potential singles

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	Various Artists: Porno Chic 2

A real problem with compilations is the likelihood of them containing, if they are any good, tunes you already have at least once. Less of

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22 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Wondermints: Mind If We Make Love to You

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus—and in this world of unlikely longshots, some people do by and large win big lottery jackpots. It’

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	Sing-Sing: The Joy of Sing-Sing

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Lush’s final album, Lovelife. After bursting onto the scene in the early 1990s

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22 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Puffy AmiYumi: An Illustrated History

I am hereby requesting a ticket for a one-way flight to Japan -– anywhere in Japan would do. After listening to Puffy AmiYumi’s ‘An

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	Blue Mountain: Tonight It’s Now Or Never

It’s rare that you hear a band going out on the top of its game rather than grasping at lost musical straws as it

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Undisputed (2002)

Masculinity, integrity, brutality: Walter Hill's usual themes.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Simone (2002)

Viktor sees his most attractive, resourceful, and prolific self in Simone.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Serving Sara (2002)

'My job sucks,' says Joe (Matthew Perry) at the beginning of Reginald Hudlin's peculiar romantic comedy.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

One Hour Photo (2002)

Neatly, ominously, the film composes a bleak vision of Sy's consumption of and by his culture.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

I’m Going Home (2001)

I'm Going Home not only retains its heart, but expands it until the film's emotional power is almost too much to handle.

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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

The apotheosis of a very good band, Sam Jones' I Am Trying to Break Your Heart begs the question of whether merely very good bands deserve to be deified.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Harvard Man (2001)

Harvard Man's refusal to pass judgment on characters' drug use is troubling.

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The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a whole lot of nada.

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21 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Tricky: Tricky: A Ruff Guide

Many words and phrases have been used to describe the artist currently known as Tricky (A.K.A. Adrian Thawes). Among those terms are pioneer,

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	Tegan and Sara: If It Was You

Tegan and Sara Quin’s debut album from 2000, This Business of Art, wasn’t overly spectacular, but it was pleasant enough to warrant attention from

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	The Trouble with Sweeney: Play Karen and Others

When music editors sit down with take-out Thai, ephedrine, and their spent youth at the end of this year and they are scratching their nicotine

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21 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Trabant: Moment of Truth

Why does it sometimes seem that putting musicians in a room full of guitars and drums inevitably brings out their dark, brooding instincts while a

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	Big Jack Johnson with Kim Wilson: The Memphis Barbecue Sessions

Just the word “barbecue” flares out like a “cultural flashpoint”, enticing some devotees to lick their mental chops and recall that one special place smoking

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21 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Calvin Johnson: What Was Me

Calvin Johnson has one of the more distinct singing voices you’ll hear, unbelievably deep yet sonorous. It betrays his presence with the first breath;

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	DJ Cheb i Sabbah: Krishna Lila

Don’t let the “DJ” tag in front of his name fool you; Cheb i Sabbah’s latest album Krishna Lila is not a DJ

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

In a perfect world, the Big Five would all go to bed one night and wake up to find the Internet had been destroyed while they were sleeping. What they don't realize is that the Internet is their salvation.

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T High TimeMr. RabbitPsychopharmacologyWaiting for SomebodyAchin’ to BeIf Only You Were LonelyBest Thing That Never HappenedLet the

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

In 1992, Television basically wrote the book on how to make a reunion work. Draw from your past without being a slave to it, appear on

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Leslie Torre 90 Day Man Vs. Prosaics Only once have I nearly gotten into a fight at a rock show. PJ Harvey, last fall:

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Sits Down at the Conference Table)Soulful WindWhat’

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Newcomer Norah Jones poured her voice into the dinner theater at Bimbo’s night club in San Francisco with all the force of a flash

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

My True South, Or, Kick Ass with the Drive-By Truckers Once upon a time, there was Carl Perkins. Not so long after that, there was

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

The tactic for judging movies was long ago boiled down to three or possibly four main criteria: the story, the acting, the directing and the

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If society is to bear the costs of over-population -- social welfare, medical care, daycare centers -- then society has the right to regulate procreation.

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snobbery: The American Version by Joseph Epstein

Snobbery can be mocked, but at its core, it is a weak, malicious vice that shows our worst.

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The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

To answer the question of 'What is America?' It could be a hamburger, a hot dog, a shiny Cadillac, and a pretty young woman underneath a palm tree, or all of these.

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Nigger by Randall Kennedy

If hip-hop is as American as apple pie, then the language it uses, a language that some call coarse and others call authentic has become the currency of hipness and modernity.

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High Life by Matthew Stokoe

Explores the lengths one man will go to for a shot at stardom, and to say those lengths are extreme would be an understatement.

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	Sangster Meets Benson: Benson Meets Sangster

Wacky, wacky Sangster and Benson. Here they are, releasing a record called Benson Meets Sangster, implying that they’ve never met each other until these

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage

No need to spend hours thinking of a clever marketing ilk for Raphael Saadiq’s solo project because he has willingly provided one for the

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Slick Shoes: self-titled

One thing that has always confused me is the phrase “Christian punk”. The two words seem to be contradictory to me. As cultural ideologies, Christianity

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