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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Edited by R. T. Smith Washington & Lee University Published quarterly, 1 year, $22; 2 years, $40; 3 years, $54. Speaking the Mother Tongue of Art Literary journals in the United

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

That first U.S. 'Big Brother' may not have made 'great television,' but the cast and producers of 'Big Brother' -- whether they intended to or not -- offered a positive take on about human nature.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sex and the City

We discover new aspects about sex and female pleasure in nearly every episode of Sex and the City.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Meet the Marks

The label 'sitcom' is a misrepresentation. 'Meet the Marks' lacks comedy.

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Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Sketch comedy with loose rules and borders, intermixing live sketches with filmed bits.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Monk

If the energy and originality of the storylines catch up with Monk and Sharon's dynamic, the series can only improve.

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Donahue

Donahue was visibly overwhelmed by the venom and ferocity of the guests' attacks against one another.

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Silkworm: Italian Platinum

It’s sad when a band’s seventh album is the one that’s supposed to gain them widespread exposure in the underground, but doesn’

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	Scuba: King Britt Presents Scuba: Hidden Treasures

Who the hell is this guy? He’s been Silkworm, the DJ for early ‘90s flash-in-the-pan rappers Digable Planets. Remember Digable Planets? They were jazz-obsessed

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Les Yeux Noirs: Balamouk

I recently saw Les Yeux Noirs playing to a sold-out enthusiastic crowd at Henflings, a little biker bar in the Santa Cruz Mountains. My first

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Koop: Waltz for Koop

When you hear the new album by Swedish duo Koop, your first instinctive thought is, “This is a jazz album.” Even when you notice that

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Solomon Burke: Don’t Give Up on Me

Soul artists the stature of James Brown and Aretha Franklin will always be worth paying attention to simply because of the magnitude of their past

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Autechre: Gantz Graf

Every year, the schism that divides electronic music into two very distinct and easily recognizable halves seems to grow larger and larger. On one side,

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18 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Aden: Topsiders

A lot of people found it curious that DC-based indie-poppers Aden elected to name their last two records after Steely Dan songs (“Black Cow” and “

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Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Ever since the debut of the landmark TV movie, The Night Stalker, the cry has been, "When are we going to see a Kolchak

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sunshine State (2002)

Its attention to intricate sociopolitical tensions, Sunshine State, recalls Sayles' previous work.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Stuart Little 2 (2002)

With all the incessant action, 'SL2' feels like it's trying to be bigger than it is.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Lovely & Amazing (2002)

Even as the girls in Holofcener's world have their own problems, they provide acutely recognizable reflections.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

K-19 (2002)

For all its efforts to offer other views, 'K-19' is an all too average U.S. war movie.

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Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Busta out-acts and out-spectacularizes Tyra Banks.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

The we-love-'50s-giant bug-movies homage by Independence Day and Godzilla makers.

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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

Undertakes yet another examination of the restraints of orthodox Western religion.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)

It's near-endlessly entertaining to watch him handle the crocodiles.

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17 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Stiff Generation

Most reviews of tribute albums start with something about how tributes are a dicey proposition, and how the best tributes capture the spirit of the

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17 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Paul Westerberg: Stereo / Mono

“This is rock and roll recorded poorly, played in a hurry, with sweaty hands and unsure reasons. How it sounds, what it says, who played

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17 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Starlet: When Sun Falls on My Feet

The phrase “Swedish pop” has been known to confuse more than a few casual music fans. For most, the first artist to leap to mind

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17 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Penniless: Anola

Penniless has this sort of graph on their website of the bands reviewers most often name when searching for comparisons. Though I have visited many

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	Marah: Float Away with the Friday Night Gods

For Philadelphia brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the cornerstones behind roots rock group Marah, a change of pace, scenery and attitude was definitely in the

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17 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Mooney Suzuki: Electric Sweat

Urgent and exciting, Electric Sweat by The Mooney Suzuki is not for the passive listener. With 10 noisy and racing songs, the album gets blood pumping

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17 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Ray Kane: Wa’ahila

Ray Kane is one of the few guitarists who can thank fish for his music. At one time, the art of Hawaiian slack key guitar

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Fuckin’ in the BushesHelloThe Hindu TimesHung in a Bad PlaceGo Let It OutColumbiaMorning GloryStop Crying Your

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T [2 July 2002][Ah, The Rocky Theme . . .]Friday Night GodsFloat AwayThe CatfishermanLeavingSoulPoint BreezeDreamingCrying on an AirplanePeople of the

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

It’s been over a year since the official release of Lift to Experience’s debut album, but most people hardly know they exist. I,

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Elf Power “Standard Elephant 6 fare” is how I heard one person describe the line-up of last Monday’s show at the Middle East in Cambridge,

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

In my review of Jucifer’s recent New York appearance, I remarked that I had found the band’s recorded work underwhelming, but their concert

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T MisunderstoodGoodAllison FoleyRollingLive AgainExtra OrdinaryKing of New OrleansRosealiaAt the Stars/On FireWaxing or WaningThis Time of YearLifetimeDesperately

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Americans don't like to feel estranged at the movies. The movies are our home turf

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Real World XI: Chicago

MTV's 'The Real World' has become a mainline for cultural propagation. The archetype of the 'reality tv' genre, this weekly, pretend-documentary consolidates, edits, and cannibalizes culture.

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

A Soldier of the Revolution by Ward Just

The novel treats a subject of current political debate: our President's peculiar enthusiasm for turning many of our social obligations over to 'faith based' philanthropic organizations.

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Something to Declare by Julian Barnes

He scourges the catacombs of literature and prose, and presents you with a glittering selection of informative gems.

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Our Post-Human Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution by Francis Fukuyama

According to Fukuyama, this Pandora's box can still be shut, but only if we marshal the appropriate scientific and political forces and legislate our way to a safer tomorrow.

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Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos

Pelecanos is a lifelong resident of the nation's capital who has observed gentrification erode whatever character or sense of continuity the environment once possessed.

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A Great, Silly Grin: The British Satire Boom of the 1960s by Humphrey Carpenter

Satire's audiences have always tended to come from the very section of society that is being satirized.

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Great Presidential Wit (I Wish I Was in the Book) by Bob Dole

If you had your doubts about Dole before, this will only confirm the worst of them.

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17 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Bad Fads by Mark A. Long

College students are often credited with the more bizarre fads which seem to have all been popularized briefly, then forgotten as soon as another trend hit the scene.

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16 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Carte Blanche 3

Rock writers are cagey creatures. By profession, they sift through a more-than-average amount of music, encounter their fair share of crap, try to find something

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	The Sex Pistols: self-titled

As the Pistols geared up for the release of 'God Save the Queen', scores of youths, scattered around Europe and elsewhere, sensed the imminent revolution: They dismissed David Bowie and Gary Glitter as bourgeois, listened to 'Anarchy in the UK', and as the last act of defiance, wore safety pins on their school uniforms.

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16 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jeb Loy Nichols: Easy Now

Growing up in Missouri, Jeb Loy Nichols loved listening to Hank Williams and Merle Haggard, but along the way Al Green and Jimmy Cliff weren’

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16 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	I Am the World Trade Center: The Tight Connection

Pop Culture has a rule of 20s: take a pop phenomenon (music, book, movie, you name it) and in 20 years it stands a great chance

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	Doleful Lions: Out Like a Lamb

“With wasted ways and summer days / And frightwigs have eclipsed the moon / On stout and lime and evening time / And ‘I’ve been in this

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16 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dolly Varden: Forgiven Now

If emotional honesty is your true measure of how good a CD is, then I urge you to check out the outstanding and resilient strains

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16 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Mark Douthit: Groove

This represents a new venture from fledgling label Hillsboro, a move from traditional to smooth jazz. It will probably pay off. Douthit is a respected

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	Appendix Out: A Warm and Yeasty Corner

Recorded in Chicago while the band was the opening act for Edith Frost, A Warm and Yeasty Corner is a lovely piece of work. Although

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15 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Amos House Collection, Volume II

It’s never easy to criticize a benefit concert or album, especially when there is a truly compassionate cause. If I were to strike down

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15 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Fairgrove: Good Luck

It’s not been an easy road for Seattle band Fairgrove. After they dropped an extremely promising debut EP in early 2000, In Defense of the

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15 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Fiver: Here It Comes

Having listened to Fiver’s newest release Here It Comes a number of times now, I can only say that I must be missing out

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	Chicago Underground Duo: Axis and Alignment

The Chicago Underground is a shape-shifting collective whose members play in various size ensembles. At the core of the group is the Duo, comprised of

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	Coldcut: 70 Minutes of Madness

Gather ‘round, young’uns, and heark to the tale I tell. It’s not a tall tale, nor yet a long one—it’s a

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15 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Contrast: Mystery #1

The Contrast offers up a lot with this ambitious first major release Mystery #1, only now getting North American distribution, two years after its original UK

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15 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	a-ha: Lifelines

Yes, them. The ones who did “Take on Me.” If you really stretch your memory, you might recall that they’re also the ones who

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12 Jul 2002 // 2:03 AM

"I like anything with a good melody, and a meaningful lyric. This probably isn't very hip of me, but I think the Indigo Girls are my favorite group of all time", says Mark Kano of Athenaeum.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

We're talking mucho bucks and financial strategy and public image when all is said and done. It's big-time scumbag business.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

1776 (1972)

Fortunately, the film doesn't take itself or the three leaders of the independence movement too seriously.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Reign of Fire (2002)

There's probably something to be said here about guys and competition and pointy weapons.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Real Genius (1985)

Whereas most teen films collapse into a mindless sequence of witless one-liners and antiquated sight gags, Real Genius remains effervescent and engaging.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Road to Perdition (2002)

The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.

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Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Sharon Becker, Angora Deb, Wayne Grayson - PopMatters Film Review
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There is one huge difference between Mikami and Buffy -- Mikami is strictly in it for the cash, possessed of an all-consuming greed that makes for real comedy . . .

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Gangster No. 1 (2000)

Gangster No. 1's style and plot are stale.

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	Various Artists: Fields and Streams

Fields and Streams, the newest compilation album from Olympia, Washington’s Kill Rock Stars label, is overwhelming: New tracks by 45 indie artists, about two and

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	The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs / Talk Talk Talk / Forever Now

Forget about the Psychedelic Furs. The history of 1980s music has largely been written, and the Furs are minor characters, at best. They weren’t

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	Judas Priest: Ram It Down / Painkiller

It’s 1988, and you’re Judas Priest. Your last studio album, Turbo, was a big commercial success, although longtime fans deem it a betrayal of

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	Keith Jarrett: Selected Recordings: Rarum III

It’s hardly surprising that Keith Jarrett’s contribution to ECM’s Rarum series of selected recordings chosen by the artist should be a two-disc

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11 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Death by Chocolate: Zap the World

Death by Chocolate is quite possibly the sweetest band in the whole world. Wait! Don’t write that last sentence off as a wholly rotten

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	Cinematic Orchestra: Every Day

I have been trying very hard not to like this album. Both the broadsheets and the rock press seem to have latched on to it

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	Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men: Out in California

Here’s how it kind of begins: “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re in for a treat. Put your hands together for Dave Alvin and the

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10 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

Prefuse 73: The ‘92 vs ‘02 Collection

The ‘92 vs ‘02 Collection is Prefuse 73 at his best sewing together hip-hop and ambient techno while creating a sound positively his own.

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10 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Mars Volta: Tremulant

I was not among the mourners the day that At the Drive-In called it quits. True, I had been looking forward to their imminent Chicago

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10 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Mistle Thrush: Drunk With You

So what the hell is “goth” music, anyhow? Once upon a time, in a fabled era when men wore skin-tight jeans and as much hair

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10 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	John Forté: I, John

After receiving a copy of John Forté‘s latest release, I John, I must admit that I was not particularly optimistic. After recent disappointing releases

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	Chick Corea: Selected Recordings: Rarum III

Chick Corea has been involved with an incredible variety of musical projects throughout his career, a point that was brought home with incredible force last

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10 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Ash: Free All Angels

It’s amazing that Ash have lasted longer than a couple years. It’s been six years since the Irish band (then a trio) of

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Anglo Visions -- Lad Mags and Dangerous, You Know: The Risk That Rolling Stone Takes -- In the hands of the new breed of editors, style and gloss, surface and glamour, beat everything: bigger, deeper, harder, harsher matters cower in the shadow of the flash, the superficial, the vacuous, the ephemerally amusing.

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The first pages of the book are of Christ being crucified and throughout the book images of Christ are shown to parallel Juan Solo's struggles.

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Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.

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Any one comp will give you a fair picture of the possibilities each scene has to offer. One or two will find their way into your lives, as perfect headphone or car driving accompaniment to your summer groove.

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Bewitched It’s been a curious evolution for Mary Timony. After fronting Helium in the mid-‘90s, she walked away from a career being labeled

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Silver CarSafe in the Arms of LoveI Got a WomanUntangle My MindLast of the Old Time

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Naysayer Ah, New York. The grit, the glam, the guitars. Rawk is as alive as ever, and our proud metropolis is once again a

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

I wasn’t thoroughly bowled over by Jucifer’s new CD, I Name You Destroyer, and when I went to cover the Georgia band’s

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

When asked about the innovative collaboration between Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, John Lewis, the Modern Jazz Quartet pianist, reputedly responded, “I don’t know

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T 45Waiting For the End of the WorldWatching the DetectivesSpooky Girlfriend(I Don’t Want to Go

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10 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

What a flashback. By the middle of the first song of this show, I realized that I had occupied the same seat in the same

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The tones that the sun inflicts on our spaces are often neither rich nor filled with gentle gradations.

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. . . (F)or all its post-war success, its unrivalled rise from the ashes, Japan views itself as the national equivalent of Charley Brown.

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8 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Zoo Story: Come Out and Play

Los Angeles. Home of big sounding bands. Enter Zoo Story, another one of those big sounding bands. Amongst their crew are former Tonic drummer Kevin

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8 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Unwritten Law: Elva

If it were possible to convert 90% of southern California’s punk/pop bands into fossil fuels, we could solve two very big problems. Gasoline would

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	Superdrag: Last Call for Vitriol

Power pop may not be the best-selling sub-genre of rock, but it sure is one of the most resilient. It’s been kicking around since

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8 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real

If gospel bluegrass can fathom its own Velvet Underground, then here they are: Ira and Charlie Louvin, a.k.a. The Louvin Brothers. Their comprehension

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8 Jul 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kaia: Oregon

There are several reasons why Kaia Wilson is perhaps the perfect object of an unrequitable rockstar crush. First, she’s staggeringly cute. Second, she’s

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