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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Texas is the Reason: Do You Know Who You Are?

When I listen to Texas is the Reason’s Do You Know Who You Are?, I have the feeling I’ve been here before. The

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Roxy Music: Avalon

Put in percussion, lots of imported blocks scrapingMuted bongos, plucked bass beats, empty hollow soundingTones to get your empty ribcage reverbratingHe’s singing lyrics about

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Chris Isaak: Always Got Tonight

You have to give Chris Isaak his due—he only does one thing but he does it very well. Always Got Tonight, his new release

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Hefner: Dead Media

Right from the first seconds of the opening title track of Hefner’s fourth album, the synthesizers say it all. Sparkling squiggles of vintage analogue

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Maggie Connell: The Luxury of Sadness

Maggie Connell’s The Luxury of Sadness is an album to behold. It is a strange little work, one that doesn’t freely lend itself

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	The Catheters: Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days

And I had such high hopes for Sub Pop. Last year was banner year for the label by any standard. In addition to excellent albums

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	Club 8: Spring Came, Rain Fell

It should almost be law that any male/female duo that forms a band must date, then break up, but keep the band together. The

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3 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

During apartheid, if a controversial South African artist went out of the country and 'made it' by gaining acknowledgement from 'real' galleries Out There before returning, suddenly the former pariah would magically become prodigal son and worthy citizen.

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The [Church of Christ the Redeemer] has been rebuilt — a meticulous copy of the original — and an example of reconstruction triumphing over destruction.

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	Mingus Big Band: The Essential Mingus Big Band

See a band credited to a deceased leader the Benny Goodman Orchestra, for instance and you think old, out-of-touch, lame, boring you get the picture.

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Michael Jackson: Love Songs

Perhaps you would find it fascinating to consider the oft-discussed awkward sexuality of Michael Jackson at age 43 in the context of the Love Songs on

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Hives: Veni, Vidi, Vicious

“I’m stuck in ways of sadistic joy / My talent only goes as far as to annoy.” —“Main Offender” The genres known as power-pop and

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Hefner: The Fidelity Wars

There is an unwritten rule to indie pop: it must come from a broken heart. And the Britpop band Hefner capitalizes on this, putting out

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Freezepop: Fashion Impression Function

FreezepopFreezepop Forever(Archenemy)US release date: 1 February 2001 by Jason Damas freezepop-fashion.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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	Departure Lounge: Too Late to Die Young

When a band boasts not one, but two theremin players in its lineup, that’s usually not a good sign. The B.S. alarm sounds;

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	Elvin Bishop: The Best of Elvin Bishop: 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection

Elvin Bishop is one of the best, famous for pouring upbeat and happy music out of the blues. This “Best Of” in all fairness to

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What Earl Scruggs brought to banjo was a 'little something extra', that being his middle finger . . . In fact, it can be said with a straight face that Scruggs is the father of industrial music, because his home environment had everything to do with his sound.

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	Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You

What the hell is post-post-punk? Well, let’s work backwards: punk rock was slammin’ good times before fracturing into millions of subgenres, at which point

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Receiver: Inspiration Overload

At the end of 2001, I took a pass on the opportunity to write a “best albums of 2001” list for any of the various publications that

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Posies: Nice Cheekbones and a Ph.D.

The Posies are back. Or were they ever gone? Two years after announcing they would never play together again, here is proof that breaking up

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Pernice Brothers: The World Won’t End

The Pernice Brothers come from a different universe. They make music as if they’re from some parallel reality where three-minute songs teeming with guitars

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Earl Hines: At the Party

Out of the voices and din of what sounds like some late night hipster hot spot comes the low rumble of a piano, like an

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	The Firesign Theatre: Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him

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	Aerosmith: Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology

In recent years, it appears that record companies have done everything and anything possible to ensure longstanding artists or those on the wane continue to

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	SushiRobo: Drawings and Garbage Structures

Babe, I dig your sound! No really, I’m not just saying that. It’s so—how should I put this—original! What do you

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31 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Czech New Wave film was able to hold up a mirror to the other side of the Iron Curtain, and to demystify the influence of the West.

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Reverend Horton Heat Nashville Pussy As I arrive at the Irving Plaza just a few minutes before Nashville Pussy are to begin their show, I

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T 51 PhantomSugartownLord Have MercyFreedom HighwayShake Em On DownThe Thrill Is GoneUp Over YonderSnakes in My BushesDrinking Muddy

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

OK, imagine this. You’re standing in the beautiful Aragon Ballroom in Chicago watching the latest hyped multimedia event. You’d right click on the

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Driving, driving, driving. Listening to music and driving. Driving, driving, missing the exit off I-495 and driving. You’d think there’d be more signage

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Brown Sugar & the Emperor of Wyoming Songbirds of the rock era have never had it easy in the pop arena. Some, like Joni Mitchell,

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	Henri Salvador: Room with a View

You can’t avoid it. I’ve tried to listen to this as a standard album and to judge it accordingly. It can’t be

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	The Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

There’s something to be said for perseverance. For the better part of the last 10 years, John Darnielle, AKA The Mountain Goats (yes, we know,

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28 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

Indigo Girls: Become You

Become You is among the best they’ve ever done, and if this album doesn’t charm you, nothing will.

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	Jools Holland: Jools Holland’s Big Band Rhythm & Blues

He may have been a member of Squeeze during their glory days, but to most people nowadays, Jools Holland is best known as the affable

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28 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

Eels: Souljacker

Souljacker is as strong as any of Eels previous albums, but even crawling through the muck there is a lot more joy and life here than heard before.

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28 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Comet Gain: Realistes

When fans and rock writers look at the career of Comet Gain, a bratty quasi-punk outfit born and bred on the streets of London, there

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	The Chemical Brothers: Come With Us

Pop the new Chemical Brothers album, Come With Us into your CD player, and let the genie out of the bottle. A flurry of soundtrack

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28 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

The Rookie (2002)

The conflicts are familiar, but 'The Rookie' presents them admirably and resolves them without sap overload.

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28 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.

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28 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Clockstoppers (2002)

For a movie about messing with time, it is quite linear and conservative.

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Indications are that the SXSW Film Festival may be soon outgrowing the Music Festival's shadow and stepping into a light all its own.

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Journeys With George (2002)

Bush is many things to many people: a tyrant, a savior, a great guy, a shyster, a man of the people, and a moneyed elitist.

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27 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dwight Yoakam: South of Heaven, West of Hell

I used to have the Airplane! soundtrack. It was, quite literally, the soundtrack to the film: music plus lines and sound effects, everything. Putting it

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	Twangbangers: 26 Days on the Road

Remember that old diesel-powered country classic, “Six Days on the Road”? Things certainly are accelerating and vistas expanding if 26 Days on the Road is any

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27 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Shani: Call of the Wild

Unusual semi-success story, here: young Shani Rigsbee can sing beautifully, so her parents up and move from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Los Angeles to help

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	Joey Ramone: Don’t Worry About Me

After nearly a year of mourning the passing of a rock and roll giant in Joey Ramone, after all the post 9-11 anxiety, the whole

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27 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

Mirah: Advisory Committee

You feel dirty listening to Mirah. The distinct of feeling that you’ve stepped into someone’s private stash of recordings is rarely felt more

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27 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Norah Jones: Come Away with Me

Simplex munditiis. A few thousand years ago the great Latin poet Horace strung these words together in a valiant attempt to describe the scene of

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27 Mar 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Classical Jazz Quartet: The Nutcracker

The Classical Jazz Quartet is a versatile concept group that brings together the talents of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Stefon Harrison on

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27 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

. . .(T)oday we 'worship' visuality as we sit reverently at the feet of Ódinn's throne, watching the whole world on a super-wide TV-screen.

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27 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Today's Southerner plays whatever card is needed to win the hand.

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	The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone

There are some albums that only seem appropriate in certain contexts, that require a specific set of conditions to be properly enjoyed. This phenomenon is

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25 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Andrew WK: I Get Wet

Rock and roll music, at its very core, has always been inherently dumb. Whether it’s sociopolitical satire disguised as dumb (The Fugs), pop genius

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21 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Sorority Boys (2002)

If there is a movie that might make me agree with conservative pundits assailing the 'vulgarity' and gross-out humor of contemporary U.S. culture and much recent Hollywood teen fare, 'Sorority Boys' would be it.

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21 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Blade II (2002)

The Daywalker has his own agenda, still fever-dreaming and raging, but changed too.

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20 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

They just quietly took the revolution into their own hands because they wanted to make music as they pleased.

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Super Furry Animals: Rings Around the World

Rife with energy and overflowing with ideas, experiments, and glorious pop hooks, Super Furry Animals make a huge, bold statement with this album: they want to be a great band, not merely a good band, and with Rings Around the World, they just might have accomplished that feat.

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18 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Patti Smith: Land (1975-2002)

Land is the long past due collection of Patti Smith’s greatest hits, the joke being that she lucked into a radio hit once with

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18 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Rye Coalition: On Top

With their debut full-length, Hee Saw Dhuh Kaet, Rye Coalition established itself as a fierce and chaotic rock ‘n’ roll band with a sense of

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	Glenn Lewis: World Outside My Window

It begins with those opening bars—déjà vu Stevie circa 1972 . . . “Superwoman” . . . Music on My Mind. And then the voice . . . Stevie? Naw that ain’t

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18 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	The Herbaliser: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Not a lot of hip-hop will make you want to rock bell bottoms or bust out an afro pick. But something about the intricate grooves

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15 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Irish traditional song reflects the cultural cross currents and historical conflicts that long have linked Ireland and the British Isles. So what makes Irish traditional music 'Irish', and for that matter, what might distinguish it as 'Celtic'?

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15 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Taken together, the St. Patrick and Oisin tales constitute a dialogue that is also a theological battle between Christianity and Celtic paganism.

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[The Dropkick Murphys are] quite possibly the most brilliant and exciting live band around today, really. And if they don't make you start thinking patriotically about Irish-American heroes like Mother Jones, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Michael J. Quill, and George Meany, then they haven't done their job.

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We knew, just 'knew', that U2 was so political and fiery and impassioned because they were Irish.

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14 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Showtime (2002)

The trouble with 'Showtime' is that it never lets up on its self-congratulatory wink-winking.

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14 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Resident Evil (2002)

Alice's amnesia is Resident Evil's best trick.

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14 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Harrison’s Flowers (2002)

Goes at both war and romance from a decidedly oblique angle.

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The fact is that this saccharine child of our times [smooth jazz] bears no more relation to modern jazz than Glenn Miller's sound did to Count Basie's or George Shearing's to Bud Powell's.

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Yet the project raises rather difficult memories of a similar scheme that Britain tried to get off the ground . . .

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11 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Soulive: Next

Since the mid-1950s, the organ trio has been the grits and gravy of the modern jazz tradition. While it has been critically ignored (and

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11 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Hayden: Skyscraper National Park

Hayden is an enigma. One of those good types of enigmas that invigorate you, keep you guessing. For after appearing on the scene in 1996 with

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9 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Hot Tuna—not so appealing if listed on a restaurant menu, but when mentioned on a marquee, the crowds do swarm. Starting out as an

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8 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Swearing at Motorists: How to Make Use of the Word “Fuck” Leave it to the guys at Secretly Canadian (label to revered Songs: Ohia) to

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7 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

S E T    L I S T That’s WhyHangout WonderfulSuper EverythingLive to Tell AllIf You Should Try to Kiss HerJust Being MeBig

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7 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

The Time Machine (2002)

[In 'The Time Machine',] Alexander decides to go look for an answer, but going into the future (why, we'll never know).

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All About the Benjamins (2002)

'All About the Benjamins'... relies heavily on the considerable chemistry between Epps and Cube: sometimes it's just fun to watch them entertain one another, which they clearly do.

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During the 20-plus years he spent making cartoons for Warners, alongside such other luminaries as Fred 'Tex' Avery and Bob Clampett, Jones left an indelible mark on popular culture.

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6 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Pop music has long had a strong hold on British airwaves. But the national obsession seems to have reached new heights this year with the success of star making series like 'Popstars' and the even bigger 'Pop Idol'.

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Good lo-fi bands know that they have an ace tune on their hands when they can stumble drunkenly over it and it still rocks the box.

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Then, when the US and other countries amassed enough Jingo Credits, they would be allowed to unfurl their flags.

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	Various Artists: NRK Singles Collection Vol. 4

If you have yet to discover the predominantly instrumental, vaguely techno, but still pretty jazz and soul-tinged house that NRK have been exploring recently, then

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	Various Artists: Evangeline Made

Cajun culture has proven remarkably resilient to direct attack as well as resistant to attempts to absorb it into American culture. From 1765 to 1785, over 3,000 Acadians

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	Park Avenue Music: To Take with You

In a recent fit of nostalgia laced with masochism, I decided to listen again to Portishead’s Dummy and Julee Cruise’s Floating into the

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	Local H: Here Comes the Zoo

Man, Local H comes so close sometimes. Just think of some their best songs: “Bound for the Floor”, “Back in the Day”, “Fritz’s Corner”, “

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4 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Brandy: Full Moon

When little Miss Brandy Norwood arrived in the R&B world in 1994, she had a little tomboy in her. With a bright smile and

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1 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

We don't need to be entertained; we are actually quite good at entertaining ourselves, and we are quite accustomed to reframing 'straight' tv and films for our amusement.

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1 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

If they were not just noisemakers in funny clothes with funny voices, then what exactly did the Velvet Underground do that was so important?

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. . . (T)o raise questions about black faculty who are 'intimidated' by gatekeepers within black institutions is to risk access to and influence within those very institutions. No politically astute black mainstream politician is willing to do that.

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He should have rugged good looks, and perhaps some pop star charisma so that he can wow the crowds when he's out there making appearances and giving speeches 'on tour'.

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28 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

We Were Soldiers (2002)

'We Were Soldiers' is, above all, an earnest film, working overtime not to be a standard U.S. war movie where the good (white) boys fight against diabolical 'others'.

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28 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

Trouble Every Day (2001)

PULL.

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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

'40 Days and 40 Nights' is a love story, yes, about a boy and his penis.

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27 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Various Artists: Freakbitchlickfly

The sacred cows of Warp, Aphex Twin and Autechre each released records in the past year that were mediocre and incredibly abstract, respectively. Not to

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25 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

S E T    L I S T Snowing on RatonAngel of LyonMan From God Knows WhereSitting BullWhere the Dream BeginsThe Next Thing SmokingDown

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25 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Rockfour: Another Beginning

Rockfour’s global debut Another Beginning doesn’t exactly break new ground, nor does it employ previously untapped musical resources to make its point. On

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25 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Phantom Planet: The Guest

In 2001 it was an East Coast thing, as many swore by The Strokes' brand of updated Velvet Underground garage rock. In 2002 it may just be a West Coast thing, as we get the sophomore effort from Phantom Planet. The resemblances are uncanny.

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25 Feb 2002 // 3:00 PM

	Kylie Minogue: Fever

For many US listeners, Kylie Minogue is probably nothing but a faded memory of teen pop from the ‘80s. Another person to have covered “The

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	Charlie Musselwhite: One Night in America

One Night in America is Charles Musselwhite’s most interesting experiment to date. On this record, Musselwhite says he wanted to explain that blues is

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