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	The Apples in Stereo: Velocity of Sound

The Apples in Stereo always fill their 1960s-influenced pop-rock songs with extra verve and power when they play live. While all of their songs are

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	Justin Adams: Desert Road

Called “Britain’s answer to Ry Cooder” by the UK’s Guardian, Justin Adams is a bright imaginative guitarist. As an ambassador’s son, he

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8 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The world on the ground is a house of blues, made worse by compliance, made better by songs and heart and -- most un-punk -- civic-mindedness. Tweedy might take seriously the Woody Guthrie mantle he inherited with Billy Bragg during the 'Mermaid Avenue' sessions.

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	Various Artists: Chooglin’: A Tribute to the Songs of John Fogerty

One of the most instantly recognizable voices in music is that of John Fogerty. A dirty and rough sound, filled with aggression, passion and loneliness,

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	Trio Mundo: Carnaval

Make a note of that label. In years to come collectors will go all gooey-eyed at its very mention. Only two years old, Khaeon has

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7 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Pepper: Kona Town

First things first. Get the nutshell version of the review out of the way. Kona Town hail from Hawaii and have since relocated to California.

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7 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Johnny Paycheck: The Soul & The Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck

In 1972, Johnny Paycheck released what eventually became one of his best-known singles, “She’s All I Got”. An emblematic example of the countrypolitan sound, the

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	Penny Dreadful: Sanctuary

Three kids get together to form a rock band; two of them play guitar and one plays drums. They sit around listening to U2 and

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7 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jerzee Monét: Love & War

If you’ve listened to the radio lately, your attention might have been aroused by a mysterious voice singing what seems to be more of

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7 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Loveless: A Tale of Gin and Salvation

You might have expected the favourite album of a PopMatters writer like myself to be one of the classics by the usual suspects of the

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	The Gourds: Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

If I was to list my five favorite cover songs of all time, The Gourds’ country hoe-down version of Snoop Dogg’s signature song “Gin

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7 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

What I Like About You

Perhaps What I Like About You will be a little cultural barometer, mirroring X and Y tastes and giving both generations one more home in primetime.

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7 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

John Doe

In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.

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7 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hidden Hills

Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker.

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7 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

American Dreams

American Dreams recognizes an important point: rock and roll was deeply dependent on television in its early days. And that hasn't really changed.

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	Various Artists: Bhangra Beatz: A Naxos World Collection

[Banished words/phrases in this review: Bollywood, India/Pakistan conflict, “gang-bhangers”.] Double-headed drums dominate the two main strains of Indian-derived dance music floating around these

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3 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Squarepusher: Do You Know Squarepusher?

I’ve always been a diehard Squarepusher fan. Since his days of acid drum and bass, I’ve worshiped every note he’s played on

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	Andy Stochansky: Five Star Motel

Andy Stochansky’s music never made it out of my scorched earth break-up. For the longest time, he inhabited the ruined space of everything that

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3 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	OK GO: self-titled

Take some smart guys a la Weezer, mix in a little bit of The Cars, add in some organic elements of J. Geils Band, stir

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	Dizzy Gillespie: Odyssey: 1945-1952

Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most important figures in jazz, period. An innovative and original trumpet player, prolific composer, musical visionary, generous teacher and

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3 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

Steve Earle: Jerusalem

Steve Earle has always been a guy who is never afraid to shoot his mouth off, and with 'Jerusalem', his timing is perfect, as his own razor-sharp words slice through the shallow slop of almost all 9-11-inspired music that has come out to date.

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	Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows

In spite of a long and successful career, not to mention the odd Grammy or two, it remains the case that Natalie Cole has never

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3 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	C.O.C.O.: The C.O.C.O. Sound

How much more minimalism is possible before a band dissolves into nothing? C.O.C.O is frighteningly empty of personnel (Chris Sutton—who’s

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3 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Byrds: The Byrds Play Dylan

When Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’” in 1963, he sang it with the voice of a prophet; when the Byrds sang the same song

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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)

Elastic yet precise, Malle's film has the vitality and vividness of a Renoir -- it breathes.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Son of the Bride (Hijo de la Novia) (2001)

It affirms the institution of marriage -- and of a loving marriage.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Scorpion King (2002)

The Rock, director Russell says, has a 'deep commitment' to acting, bringing as much passion to the role as he does to his athletic endeavors -- good to know.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

KISS Exposed (1987)

When you work all day / You gotta Uh! All Night / Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Whooo!.

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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Christophe Gans' Brotherhood of the Wolf is the sort of visual marvel that DVDs were made for.

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	James Yorkston and the Athletes: Moving Up Country

For James Yorkston, it seems that he can do no wrong when it comes to being at the right place at the right time. When

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2 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

Stevie Wonder: Where I’m Coming From

Personal, ambitious, sprawling, underrated: Where I’m Coming From still has its pleasures.

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2 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Squish: Still So Sweet

“Rock for the Geeks” is how The Squish are presented on their website. Snowglobe Records proclaims that Still So Sweet is the “hotly anticipated release

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	Papa Roach: lovehatetragedy

My favorite song on Papa Roach’s new album, lovehatetragedy is “Walking Thru Barbed Wire”, about the death of singer, Jacoby Shaddix’s dog. Terrifying

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2 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Delbert McClinton: Room to Breathe

In the age of excess, of “biggie size it” and gas guzzling SUVs, of self-centered cell phone users endangering our lives at every other turn,

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2 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	India.Arie: Voyage to India

Do you have that certain friend you call on when life seems out of control? You know, that person you call when you feel stuck

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	J.J. Cale: The Best of J.J. Cale (20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection)

If there’s any justice in the world, or if J.J. Cale at least signed a decent contract, he’s able to relax on

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	Eric Bachmann: Short Careers: Original Score for the Film “Ball of Wax”

Eric Bachmann’s Short Careers poses this question: is it possible to release a brilliant, challenging, sweeping album that no one cares about? In some

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Once upon a time, Spoon were poised to be that Next Big Thing. First, it was when their first release Telephono jet screamed out of

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Thee Shams The Phenoms Peelers A triple bill at an unusual venue proved the spirit of the small, DIY rock show isn’t dead in

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T I Want the One I Can’t HaveHairdresser on FireSuedeheadLittle Man What Now?The First of

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

And lo, the geek shall inherit the earth. Something lost in the translation, because Moby wasn’t meant to be this big. Prior to this

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Jimmy Eat WorldPhoto credit: Chris McCann If I hated Jimmy Eat World, this review would definitely be a more entertaining read. These guys are just

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

A critical nationalist emphasizes the limitations of nationalism; she thinks that the rights of nations are usually overridden by the rights of individuals and universal human rights.

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Teen Angst? Naaah . . . by Ned Vizzini

It doesn't matter whether you're 16 or 65. You'll laugh out loud at this stuff.

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Girl Imagined By Chance by Lance Olsen

At its heart, it is rumination on the art of photography.

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Digital Hustlers: Living Large and Falling Hard in Silicon Alley by Casey Kait and Stephen Weiss

Serves as a diary of the main players involved in the heyday of New York's Alley.

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz

The only real analogy for Capt. James Cooke, who resolutely explored the Pacific between 1768 and 1780, is Capt. James Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise.

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	Various Artists: Sounds Eclectic Too

In quiet and unassuming fashion, Santa Monica, California’s KCRW has kept the faith in promoting good music. Their morning show, Morning Becomes Eclectic, is

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	Various Artists: The Bottle Let Me Down:  Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides

For a while now, I’ve been concerned about my niece, recently turned five. Don’t get me wrong: Her parents have done a great

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30 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Telescopes: Third Wave

In high school, my friends and I would organize music buying trips to Detroit as badges of our disaffection from the choke chain constraints of

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	Jason Moran: Modernistic

“I have always enjoyed playing solo piano and I always think that it is important for every instrumentalist, regardless of what they play, they should

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	Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um

This is the most difficult decisions any music critic could ever make . . . and one of the stupidest ways to waste time that any human could

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	The Kaisers: Shake Me!

Knowing Merseybeat enthusiasts everywhere must have breathed a sigh of relief upon the release of the Kaisers’ fifth studio album earlier this year. While the

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30 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kekuhi: Honey-Boy

In truth, to a European living on mainland USA, Honey Boy is not an easy album to listen to, at least initially. Hawaiian vocal styles

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30 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Kickovers: Osaka

What happens when you get a bunch of musicians from big name groups who feel the need to carry on in their own way and

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Without a Trace

Insofar as it depicts agents who think and verify before acting, Without a Trace unexpectedly provides an antidote to the current media crime-fighting frenzy.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Twilight Zone

The most recent tales from the Zone suggest it can again become a venue for investigating contemporary cultural and moral dilemmas.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Survivor: Thailand

Ever helpful, Jeff Probst reminded everyone that, on Survivor, assumptions are always wrong.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Presidio Med

Diverges from ER in that it is, oddly, more conservative.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hack

It's life-changing redemption all the way, at the hands of a flawed saint who can instruct us all.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Half and Half

Dealing with complicated familial history, rather than relying on man-chasing for every plot, will set Half and Half apart.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Good Morning, Miami

Focuses on an irresistibly cute couple whose lives are complicated by their hormones and their over-the-top coworkers.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter

What makes the show slightly twisted is the knowledge that only a few years ago, John Ritter would have been playing one of his daughters' sex-obsessed suitors.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

C.S.I.: Miami

PULL

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Pure 80’s: The DVD

Blame MTV. On August 1, 1981 MTV went on the air, changing music (marketing) forever. Punk was still making parents everywhere cringe, and new wave was in

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	Various Artists: Secret Ellington

The title’s a bit of tease, really. These aren’t hitherto undiscovered Ellington recordings nor are they a side of the great composer that

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Who: My Generation (Deluxe Edition)

Maximum R&B. No other phrase associated with the Who, not even the more frequently quoted “hope I die before I get old”, more

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	James Taylor: October Road

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”—James Taylor These words from a song of long ago (1977, a quarter century for the

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	Shalabi Effect: The Trial of St-Orange

I am a fairly generous music writer, I think; I’m open to a lot of different music, and I try to accept each record

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	Charlie Parker: Best of The Complete Live Performances on Savoy

If, as is incontrovertibly the case, Charlie Parker is the most influential figure in post-war jazz and if, as we are always told, it was

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	Papa Noel and Papi Oviedo: Bana Congo

Many African artists such as Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Gnonnas Pedro, and Africando play the Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms known as Congolese rumba. Also, there

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	Syl and Jimmy Johnson: 2 Johnsons Are Better Than One

Hailing from Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, the Johnsons are called the real live blues brothers. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have finally recorded

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	Gregg Allman: No Stranger to the Dark: Best of Gregg Allman

In the recording industry, “Best of” or “Greatest Hits” has come to mean much the same thing as “News Alert” has on CNN, absolutely nothing.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hope for the future of filmmaking seems, this year at least, to reside not in epics but in short films.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snatch (2000)

Snatch is all about attitude and style. And guys, lots of guys.

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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snipes (2001)

As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Secretary (2002)

Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth / The End of Evangelion (1997)

Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Lady and the Duke (L’Anglaise et le duc) (2001)

Rohmer dehumanizes the mob, and encourages the audience to participate in the objectification. It's the aesthetic equivalent of the guillotine, chopping off spectator imagination.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Long Goodbye (1973/2002)

Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Go Tigers! (2001)

Go Tigers! not only encourages the audience to cheer on its subjects, but also shows their vulnerabilities.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Cockettes (2002)

A joyful, wild romp through the heyday of San Francisco's national cultural importance, filled with body glitter, feather boas, and important shoes.

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Saul Zonana: Guinea Pigs

It’s no surprise that there is a bounty of talented good musicians out there, working the clubs, recording music and not garnering any sort

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	Kev Russell’s Junker: Buttermilk & Rifles

Having paid his dues in the potpourri-genre Texas band Gourds, Kev Russell this time opted to go it alone. Well, about as alone as one

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Inner: lovetheonlyway

Inner is the baby of Jennifer Turner, whom you may or may not know was the guitarist on Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily album. So far

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	Highway 9: What in Samhill?

Highway 9 is your typical hard-working, blue-collar, just-a-bunch-of-regular-guys, New Jersey rock band, a band following in the tradition of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Billie Holiday and Lester Young: A Musical Romance

Like any good newsworthy event of the 20th century, one of the most touching pieces of jazz history happened in front of the television cameras.

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	Johnny Cash: Sings the Ballads of the True West / Songs of Our Soil / Silver

There’s not much to say about Johnny Cash that hasn’t been said already. He is the original man in black, the first musician

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Edited by Ronald Spatz University of Alaska Vol.19, No.3 & 4, Spring/Summer 2002, 278 pages Vol.19, No.1 & 2, Summer/Fall 2001, 294 pages, $10/year,$6/sample One Blood: The Narrative

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Bad Religion Violent Femmes Long lines at the Porta-Potties. The pervasive smell of marijuana. High-school aged girls acting like fools. Drugs. Drunks. A sweaty, heaving

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian All the Funky President’s Men On The One all things are possible. That was the Daily

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T The Gravity Free Atmosphere of MSAReturns Every MorningWelfare Murder PlotTouch the WaterGingerBaby’s a DealerA Nanny

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Haunted By YouThe British DiseaseFrom Georgia to OsakaWhere Are They Now?Yours for the TakingA Car

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T I’m Into Something GoodFalling From GraceKissin’ TimeWilder Shores of LoveWherever I GoLike Being BornIncarceration of

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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