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	The Datsuns: self-titled

Yeah, another one of those bands. Do we really need more of this stuff, this revival of raunchy guitar riffs, fuzzed-out solos, and blatant worship

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Delgados: Hate

When Tchaikovsky decided to end the “1812 Overture” with a crescendo of cannons, who knew it would influence followers until today? After all, as good as

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Dent: Farewell

For a band that works hard and gets better over time, the hope is that each new release might be the one to propel them

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8 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Tears of the Sun (2003)

To its credit, Tears of the Sun's action here is somber rather than thrilling; you can root for the SEALs, but the toll on them is visible.

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The Safety of Objects (2003)

For Esther (Glenn Close), Paul's coma makes him safe to love: he'll never leave her, never get in trouble worse than what he's in now.

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Bringing Down the House (2003)

It's like an episode of Bewitched, only longer, and with a feisty black woman instead of a white witch.

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Throwing Muses: self-titled

Hersh fans will have plenty of new material to salivate over. Only time will tell whether Throwing Muses is indeed the final swan song.

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	Various Artists: We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones

One of the hallmarks of the Ramones’ long and storied career was their unquestioned consistency. The leather jackets and jeans, the mop-top ‘dos, and of

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	Various Artists: Respond II

Post 9/11 pronouncements on the death of irony may have been grossly exaggerated. In spite of a scare (because of a scare?), those urbane and always

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	Supergrass: Life on Other Planets

Not the recycled refrain of Oasis. Not the edgy ambition of Radiohead. Not the moody shoe-gaze of Blur. Not the epic glam of Spacehog. Somewhere,

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pas/Cal: The Handbag Memoirs

The Handbag Memoirs, a six-song EP-sized slice of indiepop fun, comes from a somewhat unlikely source, a Detroit area band named Pas/Cal. While most

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Microphones: Mount Eerie

If you are the kind of person who can’t see the forest through the trees, you are not going to enjoy the Microphones’ latest

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Mark Knopfler: The Ragpicker’s Dream

When Paul Simon penned the classic opening line “the Mississippi Delta is shining like a National guitar”, he captured the essence of his personal journey

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

Idlewild: The Remote Part

Idlewild don’t just want to be a good little indie band. They want to be huge, and their latest CD, The Remote Part, is an unabashed attempt at serious mass popularity.

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	Tim Easton: Break Your Mother’s Heart

Tim Easton is the sort of singer-songwriter who, if he is fortunate enough, has a long and hard road ahead of him. Like most alt-country

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	Devendra Banhart: Oh Me Oh My ... The Way the Day Goes by the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Love

He wasn’t, if you believe the press release, really going to release this record at all. The story goes that teenaged Devendra Banhart was

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	Antipop Consortium: Antipop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp

Antipop Consortium is not just any rap group. Rappers Priest, Beans, and M. Sayyid (only Beans and Priest appear on this album) eschew gansta rap,

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Martha Wainwright has an impressive, even intimidating, pedigree: daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and younger sister of art-pop wunderkind Rufus Wainwright, he

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Just one day after I saw the Ladytron concert, I experienced its antithesis. A jaunt upstate to visit a friend found me sitting in a

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

It was an indie rock fan’s wet dream come to life. A true clash of the titans as cult heroes Daniel Johnston and Calvin

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The use of the term “pop” to refer to carefully constructed, harmony-laden guitar rock in the mode of Cheap Trick has always seemed strange to

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Devendra Banhart Entrance Do you remember the first time you heard the blues? Was it a life-changing experience? I remember the first time I heard

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I firmly believe that it is better to face a forthright villain than a masquerading saint.

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Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems by Mahmoud Darwish

[Mahmoud Darwish] is a force, undoubtedly the most popular and powerful poet of the Middle East.

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff

The sometime first-person narrator is really just one of dozens of personalities literally shacking up in the head of the protagonist.

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The New Southern Gentleman by Jim Booth

[It] takes the cultural confusion, the anachronism that is the New South and with tongue firmly in cheek, describes the region's dwindling pseudo-aristocratic heritage.

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power by Gerald Posner

Gordy wasn't running a record company; he was running a factory.

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From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe

He is . . . a skilled writer who infuses a tale of war with warmth, magic and humanity.

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Boy Still Missing by John Searles

This is your quintessential dysfunctional family with intriguing secrets popping up all over the place.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Fred Rogers was in a class all his own.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I didn't live in Mister Rogers' neighborhood. In fact the South Bronx was far removed from the white-bred and sanitized world where Rogers existed.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I remember as a toddler being damn near being reduced to tears of relief and exhilaration when Mr. Rogers looked me in the eye and recognized my own inner dramas. Through the course of an episode he gently untied all the psychic knots that get twisted in the mind of a troubled childhood.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Pentagon Papers

Repeatedly underlines, at times subtly and others more plainly, the responsibility of living in a democracy.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Lone Ranger

Put any man, but especially a pretty man-boy, in a stylized cowboy suit and he's bound to come off looking like one of the Village People. And the Lone Ranger does.

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America Undercover: Cannibal: The Real Hannibal Lecters

The most important questions Cannibal never addresses are what she (and presumably we) find so compelling about modern cannibal stories, and how our obsession over these stories is directly tied to contemporary culture.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Are You Hot? The Search For America’s Sexiest People

Perhaps the problem with Are You Hot? is that it's too simple-minded even for reality TV.

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2 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Teutonik Disaster

By many accounts (admittedly, American and British accounts, as they are the ones that are most readily available in my little corner of the world),

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	X-Rated Cowboys: Honor Among Thieves

Is there anyone out there who can give me Quinn Fallon’s phone number? After becoming addicted his band’s latest album, I’m beginning

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2 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Spock’s Beard: Snow

Progressive rock flourished in a big way during its heyday in the ‘70s. Then, artists such as the early Genesis, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer

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2 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Spiv: Don’tcha Know

It has never been uncommon in popular music that an artist may choose to change from their uncool, unhip given name to one that is

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	Matthew Shipp: Equilibrium

This new record from pianist Matthew Shipp carries a pretty heavy burden. First of all, it’s by Matthew Shipp. His name is pretty much

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2 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Toby Keith: Unleashed

Toby Keith has released an album almost year every for the past decade. With a work ethic like that, you gotta wonder just when the

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2 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Gore Gore Girls: Up All Night

“Rock is back” declared magazine articles and websites around the world in 2002. The response that it never really left is only partially correct. The airwaves

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2 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Guttermouth: Gusto

Loud, rude and full of the silliest rhymes this side of a Sir Mix-A-Lot tape, Guttermouth’s latest, Gusto is 14 ridiculously charming songs about love,

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	Kim Fox: Return to Planet Earth

What do you get when you combine the mature and intelligent lyrics of an early ‘70s singer/songwriter, the sound of orchestral pop, modern dance

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	John Doe: Dim Stars, Bright Sky

John Doe is on a mission, albeit an undefined one. He tells us as much in “Magic”, a song that comes two thirds of the

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	Bettie Serveert: Log 22

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 11 years since Dutch rockers Bettie Serveert charmed their way into the heads of North American indie

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Good Times: First Season

In effect, J.J. became the comic relief from which there was no relief.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Tommy (1975)

The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Spider (2002)

It's creepy inside Spider's head.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Old School (2003)

Peddling the same jokes and ideas as countless other undistinguished 'Animal House' wannabes, 'Old School' is too dutiful for its own good.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Not of This World (Fuori dal mondo) (1999)

Giuseppe Piccioni is no cynic (or he pretends not to be), but he does have a healthy respect for the many ways in which people fail to come together.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Lawless Heart (2001)

Like the emotions it examines, 'Lawless Heart' is full of conflict and confusion.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Kedma (2002)

The many storytelling scenes show the limitations of words to reflect the refugees' horror and sorrow.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

For all the violence, Heavy Metal 2000's sexual iconography remains its major attraction, and that is mostly because it is everywhere.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gods and Generals (2002)

Avoids examining the underlying cause of the Civil War -- the South's terror of abolition -- and instead remembers the Confederacy as a noble army defending its 'homeland'.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Deemed 'The Next Tom Cruise' by 'GQ' magazine, the prolific, asthmatic, and charismatic Dark Man X continues to power his way into the movies.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

It is about kids played by adults, a comedy, a tragedy, a buddy movie, a heist picture, a romance, an exercise in style, and a paean to B-movies and American gangster films.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (2002)

'Amen', like 'Blind Spot', considers atrocity by examining the real burden of abiding with it long after the fact.

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28 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002)

When the greatest compliment that can be paid a film is 'Shatner was good,' you know you're looking at a new depth of badness in contemporary cinema.

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27 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Essential George Gershwin

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name George Gershwin? “Rhapsody in Blue”? An American in Paris? Perhaps Porgy And

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	Waxwing: Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns

While they may have a strong following in Seattle, Waxwing is a relatively unknown band. Tragic really, considering their homegrown brand of rough and ready

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27 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio: In Full Swing

If there is one complaint that can be made about Mark O’Connor, and more or less everything that he does, it is that he

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	Jesse Malin: The Fine Art of Self Destruction

Weird little surprises like this album are the things you live for as a music fan. It’s one thing to have high expectations for

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	Kaada: Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time

Every once in a while, you come across a CD that so strange, so unlike anything you have ever heard before, that when you try

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	Eddie Harris: A Tale of Two Cities

Jazz, like any other art form, is a many-leveled thing. You can easily compile the A-list: Miles, ‘Trane, Monk, Mingus, Bird, etc., and probably a

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	Har Mar Superstar: You Can Feel Me

It’s great fun trying to pin down Har Mar Superstar. Is he the real deal, or just an indie-rock hipster’s snide send-up of

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27 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Gigolo Aunts: Pacific Ocean Blues

This is as smooth and even a musical offering as the temperate climes of sunny California, and I guess that’s kind of the point

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	Kathleen Edwards: Failer

First off, is Kathleen Edwards worth the hype? After all, this is her debut album and she’s already garnering serious comparisons to Lucinda Williams.

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	Jerry Cantrell: Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2

Up until April 2002, hope sprang eternal for the Alice in Chains fan. The band, one of the finest to emerge from the early 1990s Seattle

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Hurd's debut work is a powerful document of family relations and the feelings that go along with them.

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

In 'Unstable Molecules', the group that started it all back in the early 1960s, 'The Fantastic Four', is reinvented for a new century. The question is if that's necessarily a good thing.

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It is much more difficult for black men to own up to their backward-ass gender politics, particularly in public, but this is the stance that longtime writer and journalist Kevin Powell took in his brilliantly brave essay 'The Sexist in Me.'

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Come Into My House House concerts are apparently a bona fide phenomenon. Everyone from National Public Radio to the New York Times has yammered on

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Criticizing David Gray is easy. It’s simple to make the argument that his songs are ubiquitous. Or that he doesn’t look like a

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Flin Flon Plus/Minus It was no surprise that the music of the ‘80s would come back. The only question was what form the return

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dismemberment Plan Les Savy Fav S E T    L I S T The Face of the EarthTime BombBraSecret CurseThe CityGirl O’ClockCome HomeChange

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Sam Coomes is a man possessed. He’s a sorcerer, a conduit for ancient haunted spirits. He’s chased by the same devil that hunted

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

As commander of an ever-militarizing state with energy-grabbing schemes, George W. Bush seems like our own real-life version of Megatron.

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Fela's emergence fits the profile of what has come to be known as the Gramscian or organic intellectual.

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Photograph by Penelope Lively

This desire to know and to accept that knowing is the only possible way forward is the theme tackled by Penelope Lively in her latest novel.

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26 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

On This Day by Nathaniel Bellows

A beautifully written but ultimately unsatisfying novel about the trappings of life and the artifice of friendship.

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The Long Silence of Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden

Carefully and meticulously, van Heerden chronicles the notion of apartheid and its effect the inhabitants of Yearsonend.

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The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems by Maura Dooley

The best love poetry (and there's a lot of it in this book) achieves this mingling of the solid and the intellectual.

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	Shipping News: Three-Four

It’s easy to be ambivalent toward Shipping News. The Louisville, Kentucky threesome (plus friends) have a decidedly math- (or post-, or noodle-, or wank-,

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25 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Raccoon: Strange Terrain

Schizophrenic pop. That’s how Philadelphia, PA’s Raccoon bills itself, and it’s a label that fits. Strange Terrain is the second album-length disc

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25 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Arvo Pärt: Orient Occident

In the world of new music, Arvo Pärt is a puritan’s feast. On the threshold of being a globally resonating composer, Pärt

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25 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Leisure McCorkle: Jet Set Baby

If you’ve been missing the sounds of early Joe Jackson and are too impatient to wait for his upcoming reunion tour and subsequent release,

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25 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jana McCall: Slumber

Jana McCall doesn’t like to be pigeonholed. Don’t compare her to Mazzy Star, or else she’ll really be unhappy. “That irritates me

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	The Legendary Pink Dots: All the King’s Men

The Legendary Pink Dots’ first album, Brighter Now, released in 1980, remains a remarkable piece of work. It’s a smart record filled with quietly disturbing

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	Honeyrider: Sunshine Skyway

Gary Strickland loves himself some Beach Boys. There is no doubt about it. But, just as surely, he’s also got a love of, and

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25 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jad Fair and R. Stevie Moore: FairMoore

Critics are by nature proselytizers. In moments of Lester Bangsian fervor we preach to the benighted hoping they too will experience a similar ecstatic conversion.

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	Flickerstick: Causing a Catastrophe - Live

You’ve really gotta hand it to Flickerstick. After beating out over 5,000 bands to take part in VH1’s star-making 2001 series, Bands on the Run,

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25 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at Madison Garden

When Johnny Cash brought his hillbilly troupe to Madison Square Garden on 5 December 1969, it was less than six months after Woodstock. The Vietnam War was

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	Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Nocturama

Nearly 25 years of virtually scoring musical accompaniment to the Old Testament can take a lot out of anyone, even someone with as gothic a pedigree

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24 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The more Augusta National Golf Club hangs on to outdated principles, the more it lets go of its future.

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23 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Tiga: DJ Kicks

How good is DJ Tiga? So good that he can spin an entire disc’s worth of electro and even I, who once described it

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23 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Minus 5 and Wilco: Down With Wilco

Well, this is interesting. Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 (and previously the Young Fresh Fellows) likes working with other people, particularly people from bands that

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	Lovejoy: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The initial shock listening to the title track on Lovejoy’s new full length release, Who Want to be a Millionaire? is how utterly moving

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	Bill Frisell: Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones

Bill Frisell is a jazz guitarist primarily by virtue of the influence of jazz guitar virtuoso Jim Hall; otherwise, Frisell is an amazing amalgam of

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Explores 'This Is the Police'

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"This week we take a look at the themes and politics of This Is the Police.

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