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	White Light Motorcade: Thank You, Goodnight!

Take one look at the group photo on the back of their new CD, and you’d instantly think that New York band White Light

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jacky Terrasson: Smile

Around my way, they never figured on the French Kid making the Move. They never really talked about the French Kid. Sure, we all knew

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Thermals: More Parts Per Million

One overriding thought flashed through my head when I first heard the Thermals’ More Parts Per Million: justgimmeindierock© Lou Barlow). Having been weaned on the

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Patrick Park: Under the Unminding Skies

The graduation from punk to roots rock, country, and folk has become somewhat of a natural progression—the liberties afforded by the medium of punk

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Jam: The Sound of the Jam

Simply put, the Jam were quite possibly the greatest band that America ever missed out on. Coming as part of the first wave of British

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The JTG Implosion: All the People Some of the Time

An implosion is a sudden, inward collapse—but a JTG Implosion is more of a nostalgia trip through the world of one’s universal past,

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jeff Hanson: Son

Confession. I didn’t have a clue who Jeff Hanson was before I got hold of this debut release, Son. Not an inkling (Well, that’

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Steve Forbert: Any Old Time: Songs of Jimmie Rodgers

I’ve been anticipating the release of Steve Forbert‘s Any Old Time, a collection of Jimmie Rodgers songs, ever since I heard about the

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ester Drang: Infinite Keys

Legend has it that Oklahoma-based psych pop quartet Ester Drang signed to Jade Tree Records on the strength of their demos, if the band’s

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10 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Blackstreet: Level II

He was “at the center of a swirl of events”, as the late Larry Neal would put it. No, the Harlem born native Teddy Riley

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	Aphex Twin: 26 Mixes for Cash

Timecode: 1995. Richard D. James wakes up from his evening nap; lifts the cucumbers off his eyelids, scratches his chin, stretches, yawns. Stumbles over to the

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

's acoustic performance at the NorVa on March 28th, singer/guitarist Emerson Hart commented to the audience, perhaps unnecessarily, 'This is kind of a different show.'

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Going to see any band 25 years past their heyday seems a dangerous proposition. After so long a break one might question their motives, wondering if

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Jim Morrison’s ghost would’ve been torn down in Houston. His old band, at least two-thirds of ‘em, was playing a downtown venue while

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

:. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Throughout the ‘90s, a wave of bands inundated college radio under the popular brand name

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Recently, there was a thread about up-and-coming New York City bands on The Velvet Rope, the online hangout for music industry hoo-hahs and assorted hangers-on.

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Beatings are a hammerin’ four piece wrecking crew from Boston whose monster sound straddles the links between old art punk (Mission of Burma, Killing

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

On the eve of a large pro-war protest in the nation’s capital, it couldn’t have been a better time for the Antibalas Afrobeat

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My attempts to take pictures of the barricaded street in front of the State Department are immediately stopped when a guard curtly informed me that photos are forbidden.

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Few are stunted or stultified by the need to think about and analyse where rock or reggae or rave fits into the cultural landscape.

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9 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

No official version of the events can survive the onslaught of blogs and multiple news reporting.

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What if Kelly had been Justin Timberlake or Eminem? Would the conversation fall back so easily into one where a white man mistreated and exploited (raped?) a young black girl because of his racist views of black women?

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

It's a jack-in-the-box -- remember to back out of the way when you turn the literary handle.

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8 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Small Town by Lawrence Block

Maybe the author is still too shell-shocked by 9/11 to write his 'real' 9/11 novel.

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Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America by Dan Sava

Sinners, unlike the virtuous, do not attempt to impose their definition of happiness on others.

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Our Story: 77 Hours Underground by The Quecreek Miners, as told to Jeff Goodell

The story reveals an extraordinary and untapped subculture of modern day coal miners and their families.

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8 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The benchmark of a 20th century lesbian feminist scholar who acknowledges the healing nature of narrative.

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8 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Miracles of Santo Fico by D. L Smith

A wry and whimsical comedy of errors in which human foibles and the providential hand of fate mysteriously combine to create happy accidents.

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The Good, the Bad and the Inevitable by Barbara Holborow

She is of the opinion . . . that some young offenders cannot be saved, no matter how severe the punishment or how tight the hug.

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Yardbirds: Birdland

The history of the Yardbirds (or Yardbyrds as some might prefer) is perhaps parallel to what has become of baseball’s Montreal Expos. Just as

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Yo La Tengo: Summer Sun

Those who found the melancholy mood music of ...And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out dull will be advised to stay clear of Yo La Tengo’

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	Virginia Coalition: Rock & Roll Party

Coming off some semblance of a buzz in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic area, the Virginia Coalition are starting to make some inroads. Formed in 1998, the

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Postal Service: Give Up

This is the year for the indie kids to tackle the genre, and so far the results are impressive. Coinciding with the notwist’s stateside

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Liberty X: Thinking It Over

We Brits have a real soft spot for losers. We really do. Not so much in the Morrissey-wailing-in-his-bed-sit sense, but in terms of plucky grafters

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Hiromi: Another Mind

The insert photo recalls the sort of image used selling Midori, young Japanese lady fetchingly got up and looking enraptured. This seems like a joke

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Garrison: The Model

Man, the guys at Buddyhead really hate these guys; I was just reading a review of Be a Criminal on their site, and then, like

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Grand Mal: Bad Timing

The title of the new album by retro-rockers Grand Mal couldn’t be more fitting. The New York City band has specialized in bringing back

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Damone: From the Attic

Getting dumped sucks, but according to Dave Pino, guitarist and songwriter for pop-rock outfit Damone, getting dumped by someone who’s hot sucks even more.

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7 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Blam: self-titled

In every interview I’ve read, the Blam frontman Jerry Adler cites the Beatles as his primary influence and inspiration. Although I don’t doubt

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	Arnaldo Antunes/Carlinhos Brown/Marisa Monte: Tribalistas

I was underwhelmed with this CD, and now I’m overwhelmed by it. I’ll briefly explain the former and explain the latter in depth,

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7 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Pépé Le Moko (1937)

Jean Gabin compels our attention as much through stillness as through visible exertion.

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7 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Inside Islam

Points out that the Qur'an refers to Christians as 'fellow people of the book.'

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7 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Paid in Full (2002)

It's not a standard issue dealer movie, featuring strong performances, a shrewd narrative structure, and subtle, smart resistance to stereotypes.

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Carpenter refuses to reduce the violence to a sideshow of blood squibs or special effects pyrotechnics.

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	Various Artists: Global Hits 2003

Going back to the prehistoric days of those old K-Tel records, all the annual pop singles compilations over the years have always been hit and

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	Various Artists: Love, Peace & Poetry Vol. 6: Brazilian Psychedelic Music

If these 19 tracks’ worth of funky bizarre psychedelic rock from Brazil all sounded like the opener, O Bando’s “É Assim Falava Mefistófeles”, I would

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	Various Artists: Making Singles Drinking Doubles

For a good while, Bloodshot Records has been the flagship label for “insurgent country” (the label’s own term), Americana, alt-country, or whatever you want

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3 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

The White Stripes: Elephant

Just one listen to Elephant, the fourth and latest offering from Jack and Meg White, is proof enough that the Stripes have come to take us to rock nirvana.

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3 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Trenchmouth: More Motion: A Collection

Trenchmouth always seemed to escape me when they were actually around, playing shows and putting out records. They always fell into the category of “interesting

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	The Postal Service: Give Up

Give Up is a marriage of opposites. It’s heart-and-head-and-belly singing overtop disembodied, synthesized musical tirades; stabs at authenticity amid the cool play of artifice;

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	Meanflower: . . . a distant episode

It’s never a promising sign when the story of how a band formed is more interesting than the music said band creates. Pity Meanflower,

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3 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Monopot: Optipess

While still a part of Scandinavia, Norway and Sweden are a bit different when it comes to exportation of bands. For every future Hives or

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3 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Joan of Arc: So Much Staying Alive & Lovelessness

Throughout the history of indie rock, has there ever been a band as hated as Joan of Arc? Critics seem to bide their time during

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	Earlimart: The Avenues E.P.

There are countless examples of decent noisy indie-rock out there, vying for our attention, ravenous consumers that we are. But how about noisy indie-rock alongside

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3 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Blood Group: Volunteers

Blood Group are a much-hyped duo from Staten Island, New York, featuring a couple of youngsters named James Jackson Toth and Miss Jessica B. Volunteers

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3 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Phone Booth (2002)

A function of increasing anxieties about security, surveillance technology, and loss of privacy, this sniper is symptomatic.

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3 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

A Man Apart (2002)

It's sad that the wife is dead, of course. More painful is the death scene per se, as Vin Diesel has to play something approximating tragedy.

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3 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Assassination Tango (2003)

Even the most generous viewer is hit by the absence of rationales, however bizarre or slender, for the film's plot turns.

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3 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

All the Real Girls (2002)

Paul has the sort of confidence that afflicts good-looking boys used to getting what he wants.

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A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Music: Best of Show by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer

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The Decemberists Today’s report by Terry Sawyer Final Weekend/ Music: Of Redemption and Round-Trip Tickets Determined to have a good time, I started drinking

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A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Film: Bucking the System, One Documentary at a Time by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

About 30 minutes after the doors opened, the bar area of Greenpoint’s Warsaw was already full and “Eisbar” was playing on the jukebox. In the

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

We get a lot of good shows here in New York City, but this is not without a downside. Just to get into the venue,

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Dion, lead guitarist for the D4, was standing at the edge of the stage at L.A.‘s Troubadour club. Would he or wouldn’t

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Boys of the Lough are a rare example of longevity in the world of Celtic music. Formed in the late 1960s, they’re still

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

It seems appropriate that the first night of a 50-date crusade-of-a-tour should begin in a church. The Colchester Arts Centre was once a place of

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Soul music beats like a lover’s heart when your press your face against bare flesh and hear a pulse drumming in your ear. For

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101 Poems That Could Save Your Life: An Anthology of Emotional First Aid by Daisy Goodwin

Despite the variety of emotional ailments they address, it is done so with a general monotony of procedure and voice.

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Naked at Work and Other Fears: How to Stay Sane When Your Job Drives You Crazy by Paul Hellman

Just because your boss grunted at you does not mean he hates you and is about to fire you . . . he may just be having a bad day.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

Like a surgeon, [the author] cuts to the bone of what makes love between two people such an elusive, baffling, frustrating, contradictory, confounding sort of thing.

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Important Things That Don’t Matter by David Amsden

The plot is pure pop culture -- coming of age, learning about sex, going through puberty, and defining family in whatever functional/dysfunctional terms fit.

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Glory Goes and Gets Some by Emily Carter

The reader is softly insinuated into a world where everything slips out of kilter.

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The characters are believable, the fictional premise intriguing, and it has two major components to insure sales -- the Knights Templar and the search for the Holy Grail.

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Bandits & Bibles:  Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America by Larry E. Sullivan

It captures [an] era when bad guys wore black and good women fell for them.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Jennifer Lopez has made a lucrative habit of reprising her story in most of her fictional incarnations.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Killers (1946)

The line between victims and violators is almost erased, now that playing by the rules seems little more than an antiquated affectation.

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Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park: The Second Season (2003)

The players at Rucker Park feel like 'superheroes,' and they've got the nicknames and convention-defying games to prove it.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Awful Truth (1937)

Never sappy, The Awful Truth is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

An exercise in splatterpunk.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Loeb and Sale deal with a period of Spider-Man's history that most current readers aren't even aware existed.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

It is a story filled with lust, hypocrisy, violence, misguided intentions, questionable justice, and questionable motives. In short, it is a very human story.

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Vertigo Pop! London is more about growth than aging, and accepting changes for what they are: life experiences.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Tell me the Tubby home doesn't resemble a bomb shelter.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Wanda at Large

Wanda Sykes' new show provides a perfect stage for her one-lining sass.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Oliver Beene

Oliver Beene is strangely sterile.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

King of the Hill

As good as he tries to be, Hank comes into repeated conflict with the rapidly changing world around him.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Black Sash

What makes these kids primo WB material is their emotional intensity and, no small thing, their incessant desire to talk about same.

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Sound: Jeopardy

Jeopardy is the album missing from your music collection. Making such a bold claim banks on two assumptions, which I’ll come clean about right

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Scorpions: Tokyo Tapes

Engage anyone with even the least amount of knowledge of the ‘80s rock music scene about who the greatest bands of that particular decade were

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	Ricky Skaggs: Live at the Charleston Music Hall

When Ricky Skaggs started to become popular in Nashville more than two decades ago, he was seen as the newcomer of country music. And while

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	P’taah: Staring at the Sun

I’m all for talented artists branching out and pushing their creative boundaries, but I gotta say, there’s a whole lot of disappointed househeads

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	MURS: The End of the Beginning

Just what does it take to be a Living Legend? MURS, a member of the L.A.-based Living Legends hip-hop crew, has forsaken his

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	The Mooney Suzuki: Electric Sweat [Bonus Tracks] [ENHANCED]

Over the past few years, a loud buzz has emanated from the New York club scene centering around four upstarts committed to incessant gigging and

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ed Harcourt: From Every Sphere

There are two meanings to the word lush, and Ed Harcourt embodies them both. His reputation for enjoying a drink or two has won him

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	The Crusaders: Rural Renewal

It was a honor and privilege for a jazz session player to appear on a Steely Dan album in the ‘70s. Keyboardist Joe Sample and

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Cave In: Antenna

When Cave In’s metalcore assault of Beyond Hypothermia dropped in 1998, I’m quite positive that the absolute last place this Boston quartet envisioned themselves

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Bobby Blue Bland: Blues at Midnight

Fading genres of popular music like jazz, blues, and soul seem to be audibly straining under the weight of their situation. Should they try to

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	The Ataris: So Long, Astoria

In the two years since the Indiana-bred quartet the Ataris released End Is Forever on Kung Fu Records, not a lot has changed in pop-punk.

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