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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Recher Theater was packed like a can of volatile trick snakes, tech vests rubbing against flannel and denim in a precarious, palpable friction. Makes

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Spiritualized Black Rebel Motorcycle Club The Drunk and the Junkie: A Concert Review in Two Parts I. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club had their work cut

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Uptown Friday Night From the beginning, the expedition to Harlem to catch Soulive was all about a clash of cultures. It was not just the

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T After Your PartySwoonMoonbeam MonkeyThe StormLandspeed SongThe Night You Saved My LifeSlow DogAnother MomentDarksideWrap Around SkirtBreathe Around

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Once in a Blue Moon A full moon on a Friday night in springtime is a convergence of more than enough elements to get the

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

How much farther could you possibly get from the lazy, sun-drenched California of Beulah than New York’s gritty, gray, and grimy Bowery? Though not

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That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute.

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	Various Artists: Happy 2B Hardcore Chapter Six: the Final Chapter

I think by now we’re all agreed that disco never died. Despite the strident well-publicized calls for its death by homophobes and metalheads, and

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Monster Movie: Last Night Something Happened

Have people yet turned on to the sounds of Monster Movie? The year 2001 found the band debuting with their self-titled EP, a stunning and melodic

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	LoDeck: Bash It EP

In an attempt to deviate from the feel-good rhymes of Mos Def or the mainstream-damn-near-pop appeal of Jay-Z, Lo Deck is trying to be a

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Gritty Kitty: Where Did You Find Each Other?

Five years ago, Athens quartet Gritty Kitty released their debut album, Mistaking Airplanes for Stars, an amateurish batch of boy/girl indie-pop that reflected perfectly

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	Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits

There’s a popular mythology out there that says that certain things—like pop divas and Fortune 500 companies—never die. I’m not talking your

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Anathema: A Fine Day to Exit

A few years ago, Anathema were a death-metal band from Liverpool with songs of such crushing intensity they would make even Lemmy’s ears bleed.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Shield

The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Insomniac with Dave Attell

As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Latin Groove

World music purveyors Putumayo really nails it with this compilation, a spicy musical stew that proves sound of musical worlds colliding can, indeed, be beautiful.

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	764-HERO: Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere

To many indie rock aficionados, the name 764-HERO is somehow synonymous with the gray, soggy Northwest climate. John Atkins’ terminally melancholy yowl coupled with his

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Stan Ridgway: Holiday in Dirt

To most who were conscious of the New Wave, or even those who listen to lots of ‘80s radio now, Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican

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	Fred LeBlanc: Here on Earth

It’s generally best to approach the solo albums that musicians make and release themselves with extreme caution. After all, if no one was interested

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Get Up Kids: Something to Write Home About

The Get Up Kids are not cool. That’s for sure. The Get Up Kids are about as far from cool as you can get

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Too-Rye-Ay

The yahoos that stocked the rafters came looking for chart-toppers and low-brow fashion. But once the ephemeral was handed-over, those support gigs for Dexy’s

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Angie Aparo: Weapon of Mass Construction

Angie Aparo first popped up on the radar with the release of his Arista Records debut, The American, back in 2000. The distinction pf being Aparo’

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The Jay Zs and Ja Rules of the world would no longer be role models to black youth if we all had a more prominent role in their lives.

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XTC: A Coat of Many Cupboards

Cult status or no, XTC’s raw deal at the hands of Virgin Records is slightly rectified herein, and helps repair a rift of under-representation that spanned decades and resulted in a bruising industry battle.

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The real key to Café Tacuba is the fact that all four members write beautiful songs.

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Tijuana and Monterrey are both closer to the U.S. border than they are to Mexico City, and both have enthusiastic and committed local music scenes that have little to do with trying to sound like 'chilangos' (natives of Mexico City) and everything to do with musical hybridism.

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Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World by Eric Foner

Each generation, each separate age of man, writes its own history from that time frame's unique perspective.

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Seek: Reports From The Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson

From modern-day hippies, to war-weary Africans, to a Kabul under Taliban rule, to Christian biker rallies, Denis Johnson offers glimpses of how the other half lives in a collection of essays.

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Points of Departure: New Stories from Mexico Edited by Monica Lavin; Gustavo V. Segade, translator

'The Hostage' by Álvaro Uribe, is a nightmare scenario worthy of Poe--and its translation is nimble and facile enough that it doesn't get in the way.

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Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex, Second Edition  by Pat Califia

Those familiar with Califia's work know it can be difficult to decide which is more disruptive to mainstream culture: Califia's writing, or Califia himself.

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Hi There, Boys and Girls: America’s Local Children’s TV Programs by Tim Hollis

Children's television has never concealed its true intents; a half-hour long cartoon is as much an advertisement for a set of action figures as it is entertainment.

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

... sometimes they are just plain wrong. McDonough and Braungart see a world of abundance. A flight over Haiti or Romania would cure that delusion.

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Shaggy: Hot Shot Ultramix

If you love Shaggy, it’s probably not for his depth or social pertinence. Despite the fact that he performed his first hit, “Oh Carolina”

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	The Pine Valley Cosmonauts: The Executioner’s Last Songs

THE PINE VALLEY COSMONAUTSThe Executioner’s Last Songs(Bloodshot)US release date: 19 March 2002 15 April 2002 by Andrew GilstrapPopMatters Associate Music Editor pinevalleycosmonauts-executioners.jpg :. e-mail this article:.

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	Lasse Lindh: You Wake Up at Sea Tac

I’m going to go ahead and assume that the Sea Tac in Lasse Lindh’s You Wake Up at Sea Tac is the Seattle-Tacoma

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jump, Little Children: Vertigo

These days, pure talent is no guarantee of anything. The music business for most is an ever-uphill struggle against hardship in an attempt to get

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Gomez: In Our Gun

I absolutely unreservedly love this album. It rocks, it’s got soul, and it’s hushed; it’s modern, it’s throwback; it’s reflective

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jason Falkner: Necessity: The 4-Track Years

Jason Falkner’s career is like an open book, divided into several chapters. He spent time making records with The Three O’Clock, Jellyfish, and

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	Earth, Wind and Fire: That’s the Way of the World: Alive in 1975

Earth, Wind and Fire had logged four albums when they went in the studio in 1975 to record That’s the Way of the World. The

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

As soon as word got out that Left Eye was dead, the news-and-entertainment industry kicked into a depressingly familiar gear.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The efforts of the Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival to use Jewish identity as a jumping-off point to promote understanding among many groups, are admirable and welcome.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man doesn't get caught up in its own snazzy special effects.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

New Best Friend (2002)

In the end, the class conflict is as mundane as the dialogue.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hollywood Ending (2002)

The reinvention of Hollywood Ending is not the film, but the 66-year-old Allen as self-promoter.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Human Nature (2002)

Human Nature is largely a study of the fine line between being innovative and being asinine.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Deuces Wild (2002)

A heavy-handed glob of a movie.

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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Stacy Peralta's propulsive [Dogtown and Z-Boys] is at once irreverent and reverential.

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Weezer Weezer Pete Yorn S E T    L I S T Dope NosePhotographMy Name is JonasThe Good LifeSuperstarIsland in the SunSurf Wax AmericaTired

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

TimPhoto credit: Kelly Miller SethPhoto credit: Kelly Miller If you’ve never seen Les Savy Fav before, your first reaction upon seeing the band take

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Driving with BertSleeping on RoadsWho Do You LoveMartha’s Mantra (For the Pain)When You’re

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Push ItTemptation WaitsAndrogynyI Think I’m ParanoidSpecialDrive You HomeBreaking Up the GirlNot My IdeaWhen I Grow

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Baby Let Me Follow You DownSteve’s Last RambleTom Ames’ PrayerTaneytownNow She’s GoneGoodbyeSouth Nashville BluesCCKMPSo

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T First Set Carry On/QuestionsMilitary MadnessGoin’ HomeWooden ShipsFeed the PeopleYou’re My GirlI Used to Be

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Paralleling concepts like apartheid with the Holocaust . . . has become a bit of a knee-jerk analogy that is often deeply fashionable and very disturbing . . .

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

I grossly misjudged what would be the most painful part of leaving the USA. My dependence on FOX and NBC was more than I could admit.

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Now the worm has turned, and I suspect that the success of 'The Osbournes', Andrew WK, and those gargling perennials Aerosmith will out us all as the closet metalheads we truly are.

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Young and Sexy: Stand Up for Your Mother

When a band forms, one of the first problems facing its members is what to call themselves. If you are a band with a single,

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	The Saturday People: self-titled

You can find any number of bands out there working in the indie pop vein who seek to revive the music of the past, be

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	Suzzy and Maggie Roche: Zero Church

Any promise of a release by the Roches is always looked forward to with much honest anticipation. Their new album Zero Church is unique by

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Joseph Malik: Diverse

Pleasant music can be a beautiful thing. Melodies wrap around, harmonies intertwine with each other, vocals are flowing, and the beats are soft and enveloping.

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	My Favorite: A Cult of One

With a visit to the giga-hip Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, one comes away with more than just a sense of tension between urban

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	Megadeth: Killing is My Business . . . and Business is Good!

In 1983 and 1984, as hard rock bands were starting to dominate record sales, such as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard, and Quiet

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Isaac Freeman and the Bluebloods: Beautiful Stars

While listening to Beautiful Stars, Isaac “Dickie” Freeman’s first solo album, there is much at which to marvel. Most obvious is Freeman’s basso

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The Rain Parade Steve Wynn   If you ask Steve Wynn for one of his favorite memories from his days playing on the Los Angeles

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

Elliott Smith: either/or

“Drink up baby / Stay up all night / With the things you could do / You won’t but you might / The potential you’ll be / That

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Poster Children: Zero Stars: A DVD Tour Diary

Within the last several years, the pretense of the low budget, independent cinematic hybrid, an integral element of the superinformationhighway for cutting edge, experimental art,

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	Mark Olson & The Creekdippers: Pacific Coast Rambler

I interviewed Victoria Williams once; she washed dishes while she talked to me on the phone. It wasn’t meant as an insult, and the

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton

Let’s assume, just for fun, that the Beatles are the most influential group in the history of pop music. That would make N.W

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Bob Mould: Modulate

Change is hard; change is necessary, yet change ultimately is good. If change scares you, stay inside and keep playing your old Hüsker Dü,

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	Life Without Buildings: Any Other City

There’s a thin line between art and pretentiousness, between being challenging and needlessly inscrutable. Radiohead have crossed the line so often that they’ve

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Amy Jane: Wide Open

Ever see the old Monty Python “Dennis Moore” sketch? You know, the one where John Cleese plays a Robin Hood figure who steals from the

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Richard Hell: Time

Richard Hell can walk down the street in New York City’s East Village without being recognized. He rides the subway, eats at understated restaurants

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29 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Death Cab for Cutie: The Stability EP

In 2000, when Death Cab for Cutie released We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, the follow-up to 1998’s promising debut Something About Airplanes,

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25 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

On one level, 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' is a lush pop album, though notes of dissonance constantly intrude, interrupting and complicating the pop sound; on another, it is an exploration of the barriers to communication.

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25 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dexter Romweber: Chased By Martians

Musical meaning is measured in millions. Pampered, mega-sloth Mac-Poodles are led around the electronic cage on invisible leashes by giant invisible corporate owners and applauded

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25 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Pepito: Migrante

Pepito is a two-person band from San Francisco who just may have made the debut album of the year. They traffic in the ambiguities and

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25 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Masters of the Hemisphere: The Permanent Stranger EP

Bren Mead and Sean Rawls, dual leaders of Athens’ Masters of the Hemisphere, are eternal indie-pop pranksters, whose cache of irresistible hooks is dwarfed only

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25 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Nik Kershaw: To Be Frank

Wouldn’t it be good if everyone knew how good Nik Kershaw really is? Nik Kershaw is one of the most criminally unappreciated songwriters of

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25 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Darren Hayes: Spin

Back when I was first discovering music, good pop was relatively easy to come by. Everything, to me, was new and fresh, enticing and electric.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

I remember the feeling of sadness when I read that Staley had taken to wearing fingerless gloves, presumably to hide the puncture wounds on the backs on his hands, from injecting heroin when his other veins refused to cooperate.

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We Are Going to America (1992/2002)

We Are Going to America offers a fragmented and personal interpretation of the immigrants' experiences.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

World Traveler (2001)

World Traveler returns to the 'problem' of Cal's appearance, as several characters... remark on his beauty.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Scorpion King (2002)

The Rock is a star, straight up.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Murderous Maids (2002)

Murderous Maids proffers all the pieces to the case and yet never reveals a pattern.

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Life or Something Like It (2002)

Most regrettably, Lanie's not a crazy chick at all.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Les Destinées (2000)

As its title suggests, the pall of inevitability hangs over Les Destinées.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Jason X (2002)

Jason X merely proceeds from one bloody splatter shot to the next.

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25 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Cat’s Meow (2002)

'The Cat's Meow' insists, you can't go back to the good old days, because they were never so good as you think they were.

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	Various Artists: Songs Without Words 2

The concept is simple. Take a number of artists from a variety of musical backgrounds, ask them each to write and perform a song. The

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24 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	RL: RL:Ements

Buoyed by the production of Kay Gee (he of Naughty By Nature fame), the trio Next fit nicely into a post-Jodeci black pop world, alongside

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	Ill Ease: Live at the Holiday Sin

One-woman band Elizabeth Sharp is the skewed mastermind behind Live at the Holiday Sin, her third full-length release under the name Ill Ease. The title

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24 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Engine Down: Demure

As is the problem with most albums of its time in the independent world, where not releasing an album on a regular basis can force

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24 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Chantigs: Four Hats

San Francisco’s Chantigs have apparently been rocking it up for some time. Previous releases such as Up with the Chantigs found much favor amongst

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24 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Brothomstates: Claro

Sometimes it can be hard not to wonder when exactly the IDM movement stopped producing truly innovative works and started to become a cheap, Autechre-derivative

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24 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Azure Ray: November

Only six songs long, November will no doubt tweak your interest immediately. A bare bones, but warm vocal/guitar duo, this is a must for

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24 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Even as I sit here with my headphones on listening to Zero 7, the band that played to a packed, enthusiastic Irving Plaza crowd last Friday,

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24 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Photo Credit: David Israel He Sings, He Plays Guitar, He Operates the Tilt-A-Whirl, and He Will Even Guess Your Weight Bob Mould first stunned fans

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24 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Exhaustion. Dehydration. Phantom hangovers—you’ve hardly had anything to drink, but the suggestion that the next day should bring illness actually brings on headache

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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