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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T The RisingLonesome DayProve It All NightThe FuseDarkness on the Edge of TownEmpty SkyYou’re MissingWaitin’ on

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Given the garage rock explosion that’s happened over the last 12 months, it seems almost passé to see a band like the Soledad Brothers. Wasn’

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Before we turn our attention to Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated performance at Chicago’s House of Blues, let’s briefly talk about how a

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Maroon 5Photo credit: Bobby Carmichael S E T    L I S T Through With YouNot Coming HomeThis LoveThe SunShe Will Be LovedHarder to

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Voyage to India For the first time in my life, I had the pleasure to visit the land of India. Known for her serene aura

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

It’s almost midnight and we are waiting for hard rocking dynamos, the Hot Snakes, to take the stage of the grand Bowery Ballroom. Thanks

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

I purchased a tent, a sleeping bag, a packet of baby wipes, three packets of cigarettes and a bottle of vodka.

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Prague shows the world that sacrifice is not futile, that evil can be fought and ultimately, defeated.

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Receiving several queries from members who felt that they had been discriminated at their workplace for being 'too happy' (one can only imagine what happy feats incurred the wrath of their employers), Johnson also contacted the ACLU in efforts to curb happiness discrimination.

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Shed: Poems 1980-2001 by Ken Smith

Smith is a poet of voices, a ventriloquist in writing, drawing on the ancient traditions of balladeers, troubadors, and wandering poets.

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28 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Step to the Graveyard Easy by Bill Pronzini

Written with ironic, hard-boiled prose, 'Step to the Graveyard Easy' hearkens back to the soiled elegance of Chandler and Cain.

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Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years 1960-1975 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

I thought of myself as a revolutionary...I wanted to see women liberated, thinking for ourselves, not just organized into a political constituency....

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The Courage of Strangers: Coming of Age with the Human Rights Movement by Jeri Laber

In chronicling her life as a human rights activist, Laber reveals how human rights theory and practice can be wedded in such a way that both fields are enriched.

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Paris Café Music

For several years, the Rough Guide book company and the World Music Network recording label have been producing collections of songs that characterize well-known travel

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	John Surman / Jack DeJohnette: Invisible Nature

John Surman has had a wide ranging and varied career playing an unusual combination of instruments. As a baritone saxophonist, he is in a rarified

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited: Jet Sound Inc.

Lounge Lizards, Swingers, and Hipsters of the 21st century unite! We have found our soundtrack. The ultra-hip Swiss of Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited have given

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Mike Ireland and Holler: Try Again

When the world was a little younger, alternative and country went together like milk and whiskey. The Alternative Country label came later, and got stuck

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dag Nasty: Minority of One

Revelation Records called it “the most important release in the history of our label.” No small claim from a label whose catalog reads like a “

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27 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Action: Rolled Gold

The Action were a George Martin-produced soul-pop band in mid-‘60s England, musical brothers of the early Who, The Small Faces, and the Zombies. Despite

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For some reason (possibly the urban secularism of both forms) jazz and hip-hop have generally made sympathetic partners.

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26 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Dressed in Black:  A Tribute to Johnny Cash

If there’s anyone deserving a birthday extravaganza with lots of presents, it’s Johnny Cash, whose 70th birthday has been garnering serious—and well

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	Various Artists: Departures: Global Expeditions in Nu Jazz + Broken Beats

Is there a worse name for a sub-genre of music than “nu jazz”? The answer, it turns out, is yes—now some folks have taken

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26 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Doug Powell: The Lost Chord

“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”—Frederich Nietzsche, from Thus

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26 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Palomar: Palomar II

The songs of Palomar are beyond peppy, blasting into full-blown exuberance. An infectious energy runs through all the NYC band’s material, fueled by who-knows-what

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	The Naysayer: Heaven, Hell or Houston

The Naysayer, as a band, is mostly a vehicle for the talents of Texas singer/songwriter Anna Padgett. However, the fact that its other members

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	Mingus Big Band: Tonight at Noon . . . Three or Four Shades of Love

Even the greenest of instrumental amateurs knows that which separates a good jazz musician from the rest of the pack is an intimate understanding of

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	Heather Myles: Sweet Talk & Good Lies

It’s been 10 years since Heather Myles released her debut album on Hightone records. The album, Just Like Old Times, has a few potential singles

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	Various Artists: Porno Chic 2

A real problem with compilations is the likelihood of them containing, if they are any good, tunes you already have at least once. Less of

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22 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Wondermints: Mind If We Make Love to You

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus—and in this world of unlikely longshots, some people do by and large win big lottery jackpots. It’

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	Sing-Sing: The Joy of Sing-Sing

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Lush’s final album, Lovelife. After bursting onto the scene in the early 1990s

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22 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Puffy AmiYumi: An Illustrated History

I am hereby requesting a ticket for a one-way flight to Japan -– anywhere in Japan would do. After listening to Puffy AmiYumi’s ‘An

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	Blue Mountain: Tonight It’s Now Or Never

It’s rare that you hear a band going out on the top of its game rather than grasping at lost musical straws as it

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Undisputed (2002)

Masculinity, integrity, brutality: Walter Hill's usual themes.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Simone (2002)

Viktor sees his most attractive, resourceful, and prolific self in Simone.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Serving Sara (2002)

'My job sucks,' says Joe (Matthew Perry) at the beginning of Reginald Hudlin's peculiar romantic comedy.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

One Hour Photo (2002)

Neatly, ominously, the film composes a bleak vision of Sy's consumption of and by his culture.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

I’m Going Home (2001)

I'm Going Home not only retains its heart, but expands it until the film's emotional power is almost too much to handle.

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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

The apotheosis of a very good band, Sam Jones' I Am Trying to Break Your Heart begs the question of whether merely very good bands deserve to be deified.

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22 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Harvard Man (2001)

Harvard Man's refusal to pass judgment on characters' drug use is troubling.

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The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a whole lot of nada.

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21 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Tricky: Tricky: A Ruff Guide

Many words and phrases have been used to describe the artist currently known as Tricky (A.K.A. Adrian Thawes). Among those terms are pioneer,

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	Tegan and Sara: If It Was You

Tegan and Sara Quin’s debut album from 2000, This Business of Art, wasn’t overly spectacular, but it was pleasant enough to warrant attention from

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	The Trouble with Sweeney: Play Karen and Others

When music editors sit down with take-out Thai, ephedrine, and their spent youth at the end of this year and they are scratching their nicotine

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21 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Trabant: Moment of Truth

Why does it sometimes seem that putting musicians in a room full of guitars and drums inevitably brings out their dark, brooding instincts while a

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	Big Jack Johnson with Kim Wilson: The Memphis Barbecue Sessions

Just the word “barbecue” flares out like a “cultural flashpoint”, enticing some devotees to lick their mental chops and recall that one special place smoking

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21 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Calvin Johnson: What Was Me

Calvin Johnson has one of the more distinct singing voices you’ll hear, unbelievably deep yet sonorous. It betrays his presence with the first breath;

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	DJ Cheb i Sabbah: Krishna Lila

Don’t let the “DJ” tag in front of his name fool you; Cheb i Sabbah’s latest album Krishna Lila is not a DJ

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

In a perfect world, the Big Five would all go to bed one night and wake up to find the Internet had been destroyed while they were sleeping. What they don't realize is that the Internet is their salvation.

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T High TimeMr. RabbitPsychopharmacologyWaiting for SomebodyAchin’ to BeIf Only You Were LonelyBest Thing That Never HappenedLet the

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

In 1992, Television basically wrote the book on how to make a reunion work. Draw from your past without being a slave to it, appear on

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Leslie Torre 90 Day Man Vs. Prosaics Only once have I nearly gotten into a fight at a rock show. PJ Harvey, last fall:

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Sits Down at the Conference Table)Soulful WindWhat’

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Newcomer Norah Jones poured her voice into the dinner theater at Bimbo’s night club in San Francisco with all the force of a flash

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

My True South, Or, Kick Ass with the Drive-By Truckers Once upon a time, there was Carl Perkins. Not so long after that, there was

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

The tactic for judging movies was long ago boiled down to three or possibly four main criteria: the story, the acting, the directing and the

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If society is to bear the costs of over-population -- social welfare, medical care, daycare centers -- then society has the right to regulate procreation.

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snobbery: The American Version by Joseph Epstein

Snobbery can be mocked, but at its core, it is a weak, malicious vice that shows our worst.

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The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

To answer the question of 'What is America?' It could be a hamburger, a hot dog, a shiny Cadillac, and a pretty young woman underneath a palm tree, or all of these.

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21 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Nigger by Randall Kennedy

If hip-hop is as American as apple pie, then the language it uses, a language that some call coarse and others call authentic has become the currency of hipness and modernity.

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High Life by Matthew Stokoe

Explores the lengths one man will go to for a shot at stardom, and to say those lengths are extreme would be an understatement.

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	Sangster Meets Benson: Benson Meets Sangster

Wacky, wacky Sangster and Benson. Here they are, releasing a record called Benson Meets Sangster, implying that they’ve never met each other until these

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage

No need to spend hours thinking of a clever marketing ilk for Raphael Saadiq’s solo project because he has willingly provided one for the

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Slick Shoes: self-titled

One thing that has always confused me is the phrase “Christian punk”. The two words seem to be contradictory to me. As cultural ideologies, Christianity

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	Wayne Shorter: Footprints Live!

Wayne Shorter’s Footprints live! is the sax player’s first live album under his own name, which is difficult to believe given the length

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Soulfly: 3

With the exception of a tiny handful of bands, the entire genre dubiously titled “nu-metal” has grown as tired as grunge circa 1994, and glam metal

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	El-P: Cannibal Oxtrumentals

There was only one hip-hop album last year that blew me away: Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein on Definitive Jux Records. This dark futuristic

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20 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Cinerama: Torino

It must have spooked David Gedge, singer and guitarist of Cinerama (and, lest we forget, hero and frontperson from Leeds’ sorely-missed The Wedding Present) to

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19 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Schneider TM: Zoomer

Straight up, Schneider TM’s 1998 release, Moist wasn’t all that spectacular. And although this new record displays some rather interesting elements, it still doesn’

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	The Makers: Strangest Parade

If it’s true that you can learn about the world from listening to music, then it must also be true that some of that

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19 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Lackloves: Starcitybaby

If you like the clean guitar sounds and fab beats of the Britpop songs of the mid-‘60s, then I’d say chances are strong

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	Stan Getz: The Very Best of Stan Getz

To a great many people, Stan Getz is the saxophonist who brought Brazilian music, specifically bossa nova, to the United States. There are few who

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19 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

Neko Case: Blacklisted

Still, if given just a token listen and treated like nothing more than background music, the true depth of Blacklisted is missed. The one aspect of the record that marks a stylistic quantum leap from Furnace Room Lullaby is the quality of Case’s lyrics.

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19 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Stephen Ashbrook: American B Sides

Take a listen to the first track, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” here on Stephen Ashbrook’s album American B Sides. It pretty much tells the whole

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	Acid House Kings: Mondays Are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays Are Like Wednesdays

Sometimes, you just can’t go home. Or perhaps, to put it more accurately, you shouldn’t go home. Johan Angergard formed the supremely mismonikered

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        Liars: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

These days, there’s been a lot of talk about the resurrection of punk/post-punk by New York City bands. Generally, the narrative goes a

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19 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Adventures in Nowhere Land

Maggie is more intent on teaching life lessons than providing visual candy or sheer entertainment; this is granola, not Lucky Charms.

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ICU

19 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

ICU

The series repackages recorded crises and dramas into four one-hour episodes, compressing daily life and death into a glossy, strangely unreal product.

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19 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

EastEnders

For the conflicted soap fan longing for a simulacrum of realism, EastEnders is an addictive slice of heaven.

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19 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Anna Nicole Show

The Anna Nicole Show asks us to laugh at, not with, its pitiable subject.

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	Darius Rucker: Back to Then

“Dedication: to my wife and kids . . . and to Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) for bringing me back.”—Darius Rucker According to Darius Rucker,

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15 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Playgroup: DJ Kicks

Trevor Jackson has been buzzing the periphery of funky music since the late ‘80s, when he kick-started his feckless career by designing record sleeves for

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15 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Orbital: Work 1989-2002

Phil and Paul Hartnoll pieced together their classic electronic single “Chime” on their father’s broken tape recorder back in 1989. The conventional wisdom is that

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	Juliana Hatfield: Gold Stars: The Juliana Hatfield Collection 1992-2002

Just to get this right out of the way from the start, one of my true “rock star” moments was when, for a few months,

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15 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

Deerhoof: Reveille

Deerhoof are scary. What they have done on their latest release, Reveille, is reimagine the “Dies Irae” as populated by little furry things.

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	The Bigger Lovers: Honey in the Hive

A few months ago, I was all ready to foist “Power Pop Record of the Year” honors on a little band out of Portland, Oregon

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	Bobby Bare, Jr.: Young Criminals’ Starvation League

Bobby Bare, Jr.‘s new solo album, Young Criminals’ Starvation League, marks a bit of a departure from the Southern Rock sound of his band

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Reeling 2002 provides an opportunity to investigate how audiences create their movies and how movies create their audiences.

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Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) (2002)

Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.

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15 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) (2001)

Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.

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15 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.

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The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) - PopMatters Film Review
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What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.

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15 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Happy Times (Xingfu Shiguang) (2000)

Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.

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15 Aug 2002 // 1:00 AM

Blue Crush (2002)

Big fat super-popular boy power movies don't rely on plot, so it probably makes sense that this pulse-pounding girl power movie doesn't either (and like most boy movies, this one is about a stunningly beautiful white protagonist surrounded by a multi-culti crew).

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14 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Tweet: Southern Hummingbird

If there were a show on UPN to catalog the recent trend in the world of R&B, it would be called the Making

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	The Microphones: Song Islands

Usually when anyone uses the word “noise” to describe a band, I nervously clutch my beer and steel myself for the onslaught of what is

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14 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The High Violets: 44 Down

What is old is new again, goes the adage. In popular culture, what is old never remains that way. Nostalgia for past eras not only

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14 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Cary Hudson: The Phoenix

No stranger to the music industry, former Blue Mountain singer and songwriter Cary Hudson is out to prove he can stand on his own. The

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	Glassjaw: Worship and Tribute

When I first received Glassjaw’s second album, Worship and Tribute, I tried giving it a sample listen every once in a while, but whenever

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	General Store: Local Honey

One would have expected different things from the son of Elton John’s longtime guitarist. Something more in line with Status Quo or Queen would

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14 Aug 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at Madison Garden

An Unbroken Circle While listening to Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden, I began comparing it not to Cash’s other live records, which stand

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