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21 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

In Hiroshima Mon Amour, Resnais and his screenwriter, French novelist Marguerite Duras, show their debts to the Modernists.

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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, Volumes One and Two - PopMatters Film Review
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Jan Svankmajer's films, surreal transformations of everyday objects into living creatures, are intensely visceral.

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21 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Carpetbaggers (1964)

More troubling than the melodramatic disintegration of Jonas' personal life is The Carpetbaggers' depiction of Hollywood's exploitation of female sexuality.

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	Various Artists: Stoned Asia Music Presents World Peace

When I first popped this disc into my car stereo, I thought, “Oh, god”. DJ Pathaan’s latest in his ongoing series of mix CDs

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Thank God, then, for events like Merlefest: a celebration of music so totally devoid of corporate meddling that you'd think for sure this was some other place in a time long since past (never mind that Burger King and Pepsi are among the sponsors -- hey, a festival attracting upwards of 70,000 people each year requires some funding). Pure, unadulterated music is hard to come by these days; more so for those who depend upon mainstream radio for their supply of tunes.

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	Various Artists: Punk-O-Rama 8

For those music aficionados who had lamented the gradual demise of punk rock, take heart, guardians of the flame remain among us and their name

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	Josh Wink: Profound Sounds v2

Long before labels recognized the potential for making a buck via DJ Mix CDs (No studio time to shell out for, and song licensing fees

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	Lionel Richie: Can’t Slow Down (Deluxe Edition)

I’m ashamed at just how much I’m enjoying the Deluxe Edition of Lionel Richie‘s Can’t Slow Down. While the music on

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17 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	David Olney: The Wheel

Although the cyclical subject matter David Olney has chosen here is primordial, the music is comprised of folk music in all its vast and varied

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	Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin’

Even though I wasn’t aware of it at the time, I think I fell in love with music sometime when I was kid living

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Longwave: The Strangest Things

They look like the Strokes. They’re friends with the Strokes. They’re on the same label as the Strokes. They’re from New York like the Strokes. If it looks like the Strokes and walks like the Strokes, does it sound as good as the Strokes?

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17 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: Us (SACD)

Since Peter Gabriel‘s most recent, decade-in-the-making album, Up,made such a modest splash, he seems like an odd choice for a lavish remastering campaign

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	Al Green: Green Is Blues / Gets Next to You / Let’s Stay Together

It was 1968 and Albert Greene Jr. was stuck in Midland, Texas. His vocal trio, the Soul Mates, had had a fairly big hit with “Back

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17 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Black Eyed Peas: Elephunk

A lot of hip-hop stars, as much as I love them, aren’t really cheapened by their involvement with commercial interests. Some of my favorite

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17 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

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17 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

How to Deal (2003)

What's not to love about Mandy Moore?"

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17 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Garage Days (2002)

Director Alex Proyas comes out of his moody cave with this flick about a band's efforts to find fame.

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17 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bad Boys II (2003)

For this invasion, they need extra firepower and get it, including useful high tech surveillance courtesy of the CIA: this is Bad Boys II's most outrageous fantasy, that this agency has its act together.

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AfterMath: Unanswered Questions From 9/11 (2002)

For those unfamiliar with the subject, AfterMath provides a hypnotic introduction, complete with split-screen graphics, dance beats, and voice-over narration by hip-hop artist Paris.

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16 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Soft Pink Truth: Do You Party?

Sometimes, the best music is the fruit of a dare made between two people. Daring someone else to make music distills the business of making

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16 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Ra: From One

As Egyptian mythology tells it, Ra was the sun god who created mankind with his tears and rode the sun like a chariot across the

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16 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

Prefuse 73: One Word Extinguisher

Rarely has this sort of oceanism held sway through an entire hip-hop album, but on One Word Extinguisher this semidetached perspective really gets the space it needs to stretch its legs, and to envelope the listener in its surreal urbanism.

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	The Klezmatics: Shvaygn = Toyt

There is something startlingly (to stick in an overmisused counter) inauthentic about the performance here of Bavarian Zwiefacher dance and song. Where’s the sense

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16 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jute: A Violent Narcotic

Ethereal plus gothic equals “gothereal?” Ambient plus tribal equals trambient? Gauzy 4AD throwback style plus trip-hop equals Dead Can Attack? Okay, perhaps that’s unnecessarily

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16 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Joy: self-titled

Shrimper, a small label based in Southern California, tends to release introspective home recordings, giving what might otherwise be the work of a host of

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16 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Fugs: Final CD (Part 1)

“Tell me where dwell the joys of old! & where the ancient loves?”—William Blake, from Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793) “The fact that

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16 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Why are these and countless other distortions swallowed by the media and fed to the American public without question?

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16 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

I question the value of my presence there, as a white woman amongst young black people who historically shouldn't want to be near me or my kind.

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	Ursa Minor: Silent Moving Picture

Sounding a little like a less commercialized (and less compelling) version of Fiona Apple, or perhaps a non-rocking Quasi, Ursa Minor plays Fender Rhodes-driven, mid-tempo

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	Thomas Truax: Full Moon over Wowtown

There are a few hints that Thomas Truax might aspire to outsider artist status: (1) he sings songs about a private fantasy world (for which he

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15 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Salteens: Let Go of Your Bad Days

Bands just don’t want you to be happy anymore. Judging from the onslaught of angst-ridden guitar groups currently plaguing the radio, you have to

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	Mark Mallman: Who’s Gonna Save You Now?

If I had to pick one word to describe Mark Mallman’s work, schizophrenic is the one that springs most readily to mind. Even my

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	Death in Vegas: Scorpio Rising

If there’s one thing likely to derail the music cognoscenti, it’s a band that defies easy categorization, and that resists attempts at neat

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15 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Nick Drake: Pink Moon

“Nick was in some strange way out of time. When you were with him, you always had a sad feeling of him being born in

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15 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Bleu: Redhead

Good things come to those who wait, and I’ve been waiting for this one’s official release just this side of forever. Now that

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15 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Every show kept you wanting more, which is the great drug of rock and roll. The sets stayed short even as their set lists grew

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15 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

OK, I admit it. Dave Grohl is brilliant, although he’s too modest to say so. He went from drummer in one of the planet’

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15 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Fall TV on the Radio The Wonderful and Frightening World of . . . TV on the Radio For the Fall’s stop at Chicago’s Empty

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15 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

S E T    L I S T In the StoneShining StarSun GoddessSing a SongSerpentine FireAfter the Love Has GoneGot to Get You into

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15 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Striking rock-star poses under the red and green lights while screwing his face into an expression of stupefied amazement, Bleu concludes the opening number of

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14 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Ringo Starr: Ringo Rama

What is it that endears the fourth Beatle to us all? Is it his lack of rock star pretension? His self-effacing demeanor? His sense of

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	Ronderlin: Wave Another Day Goodbye

Every now and again a pop album is recorded that hearkens back to the days when creative substance was revered far more than marketable style.

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14 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Metallica: St. Anger

St. Anger is Metallica’s best record of original material in over a decade. Unfortunately –- that’s not saying much. Recent efforts Load and

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	Dan Israel and the Cultivators: Love Ain’t a Cliché

PopMatters homeshort takesmusic archive DAN ISRAEL AND THE CULTIVATORS Love Ain’t a Cliché(Hayden’s Ferry) 21 January 2003 Available as import by Stephen Haag israeldan-love

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14 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Will Hoge: Blackbird on a Lonely Wire

If you believe the persona in the songs, he’s not that cool and prone to loneliness and broken hearts. But in truth, once you

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	Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves: Drive It Like You Stole It

It seemed pretty unlikely that a good song, never mind a whole album, could be written anymore about cars (Elastica’s “Car Song” being the

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	Michelle Branch: Hotel Paper

When 17 year-old Michelle Branch broke onto the scene two years ago, her timing could not have been better. In a pop music world that was

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

While Spike TV's philosophy may seem abrasive to some viewers, its content hardly deviates from standard television fare.

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Project Greenlight

The new directors press on and are, by turns, stupid, silly, arrogant, conciliatory, and astonishingly clever.

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Dating Experiment

Why didn't the producers find an exotic dancer who was comfortable, or at least confident, with her line of work? Or find a guy less uptight about exotic dancers?

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Tenant (1976)

'I think I'm pregnant,' Roman Polanski coos beguilingly to the mirror in his 1976 film, The Tenant.

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Phone Booth (2002)

We're surrounded by spin all the time and I think that many times people who spin for a living really don't know the truth anymore because, I guess, they have to believe so much in the spin that they are spinning.

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1995)

'I had to ask myself: What is a memorial's purpose? Especially, what is a memorial's purpose in the 20th century?'.

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Hours (2002)

'What I learned seeing the movie is that yes, you do lose that ability to go into people's minds, but you gain Meryl Streep's ability to separate an egg, in a way that tells you everything you need to know about who that person is at that point.'"

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14 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Das Experiment (2001)

Forget about Freddy and Dr. Lecter. Das Experiment is a truly terrifying film.

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13 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Hawaii: Songs of Aloha [DVD]

In 2000, Hawaiian PBS (Public Television) produced a program entitled Hawai’i—Songs of Aloha for national broadcast. Now, it is available in DVD form. I

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13 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Mars Volta: De-Loused in the Comatorium

De-Loused in the Comatorium, the Mars Volta‘s first full-length, may have Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea embedded in the credits under “bass instrumentation,”

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	Clockwise: Healthy Manipulation

On first glance, rockers Clockwise look like the multitude of other polished mod-metal rock bands fighting for prime position in bars and festivals across the

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	Kristi Callan: Feed the Kitty

Kristi Callan is making her solo debut with this EP release, but she’s not a musician one would consider new to the industry. Along

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13 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Freddy Cole: In the Name of Love

I find it curiously sentimental when Freddy Cole is linked with his much-revered older brother Nat King Cole. Still performing in his early 70s, Freddy

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13 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Coin Op: Friendly Fire

So much promise, just so much. There’s a big whoosh of a beginning, swooping down like a hawk lunging for its next meal, sharp-eyed

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	Andrew Bird: Weather Systems

From the opening notes of the aptly named “First Song”, you can tell that Andrew Bird recorded Weather Systems in a barn out in the

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13 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Aurore Rien: Telesthesia

Aurore Rien don’t exist. Considering their name is French for “a beautiful nothing”, this may seem an entirely appropriate confirmation of the “rien” aspect

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Ryan Adams: Music in High Places: Live in Jamaica [DVD]

With the DVD release of Ryan Adams: Live in Jamaica for the Music in High Places series comes some serious anticipation for which personality has been committed to the digital video format.

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A Northern Chorus: Spirit Flags

A Northern Chorus, had they trimmed 15 or 20 minutes off this album, would have created an excellent dream pop record, but instead, this is merely a decent piece of work.

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	Mötley Crüe: Too Fast for Love

Back in 1982, Circus magazine ran a small news item on an up-and-coming band called Mötley Crüe, including a photo with the simple caption: “

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10 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy: Method Actor

It’s understandable that the death of an artist will typically trigger a chain reaction: devoted fans will seek solace in tribute albums and previously

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10 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Klezmatics: Rise Up!

I’ve said before that the Klezmatics were the greatest band in the United States of America, so it really means something to me that

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	Daniel Johnston: The Early Recordings Volume 1: Songs of Pain 1980-83, and More Songs of Pain

Daniel Johnston is probably best known for being hailed by Kurt Cobain. But to stop there or to even start there would be a grave

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	Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank the Cradle

PopMatters homeshort takesmusic archive IRON & WINE The Creek Drank the Cradle(Sub Pop) 24 September 2002 10 February 2003 by Terry Sawyer ironandwine-creek.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print

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	Ikara Colt: Basic Instructions EP

PopMatters homeshort takesmusic archive IKARA COLT Basic Instructions EP(Epitaph/Fantastic Plastic) 20 May 2003 30 September 2002 by David Antrobus ikaracolt-basic.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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10 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Contrast: Wireless Days

David Reid is singing angst for the memories. The creative force behind the Contrast alternates his lyrical tendencies between the obscurely eclectic, the culturally knowing,

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	Beyoncé: Dangerously in Love

With Daddy Knowles in the background like the puppet-master, it was often hard to take his daughter Beyoncé seriously when she shrilled “I’m a

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10 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Swimming Pool (2003)

Julie becomes Sarah's muse, her model, her irritant.

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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

During the story's awkward romantic interludes, children and their parents can squirm in boredom together, as a family.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Ingenious and mesmerizing, Johnny Depp embodies the film's essential fantasy, that a pirate's life is exciting and unfettered.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

'You're probably too young to remember,' Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) tells the messenger, 'but the Empire is always in some kind of peril.'"

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Hell’s Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety (2003)

The real highlights in Hell's Highway are the films themselves, and Wood has presented a generous sampling of often flabbergasting clips.

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	Various Artists: First Steps

Before Eminem revealed to us his dirty laundry in heretofore unheard of ways; before the Stooges parlayed sexual angst and nowhere-nothing nihilism into purgative noise;

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9 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Yusa: self-titled

We all know what Cuban music sounds like, right? Buena Vista Social Club, right? Or maybe a swinging big band with pounding African percussion, Desi

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	Brian McKnight: U Turn

Odd as it might seem, for a singer who possesses one of the finest modern soul voices and has sold so many records, Brian McKnight

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	Lisa Gerrard: Whalerider

Large numbers of potential listeners will overlook this record by one-time Dead Can Dance siren Lisa Gerrard. They will see the serene jade and aquamarine

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	Guster: Keep It Together

A couple of things are immediately plain about Guster: they’re nice guys, they appreciate their fans, and they repay their fans’ loyalty with everything

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	The Frost: The Best of the Frost

The Detroit of the 1960’s was, without question, one of the most musically dynamic locales on the planet. Dominated by phenomenally prolific Motown, the Detroit

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	Nick Drake: Way to Blue - An Introduction to Nick Drake [remastered]

The first time I heard Nick Drake was on a scratchy cassette of Way to Blue and, even over the static, I fell in love

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If you're looking for an artistic intersection between cultures that speaks volumes about the liminal experience left to those who cannot find a home within the dominant paradigm, take Arizona's Calexico for a spin.

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9 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

PopMatters Comic Book Feature by Ryan Paul - At the very least, it'll get you in the door, which was the purpose of the whole thing to begin with.

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9 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

Millar is very conscious to play up both the U.S. army angle and the sense that they are working to save the world for a change.

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9 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

', Alex is introduced while fighting with his dad. The fight goes predictably. He yells at his father for being limiting and his father warns him that he is spoiled, and that he should stop treating his father like a monster.

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The Blue Man Group's greatest talent is for making thrilling visual and sonic mayhem out of the act of banging on things, from their trademark PVC tubes to barrels filled with paint to, well, just big-ass, loud drums. Their second greatest talent is for taking the conventions of the avant-garde and making them work as mass entertainment.

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Politics and Culture/East and West -- Justice, Peace, and Memory - From East Europe to Iraq -- This painfully constructed edifice of rights is honored more in the breach than in the observance.

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Anglo Visions -- Skiffle and the English 'Elvis' -- Suffice it to say that without Donegan's 'Rock Island Line', it is highly unlikely that the greatest band of all would ever have emerged.

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	Various Artists: SHOUT! The Revolution Rave-Up Alive 1997-2003

Down in New York City’s East Village, at a club called Bar 13, a weekly party has been held every Sunday night, featuring a selection

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	Various Artists: Yes New York

Heralding itself as “the post-punk/art-garage rock explosion from New York City”, Yes New York is a compilation that tries to prove there is life

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	Underwolves: Under Your Sky Remixes

The Underwolves have carved themselves a nice little niche at the chilled-out, dubbier end of the broken beats phenomenon. There is also, despite the jazz

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8 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	16 Horsepower: Olden

16 Horsepower mastermind David Eugene Edwards spent much of his childhood on the road with his grandfather, a Nazarene minister, travelling from town to town preaching

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8 Jul 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos: The Secret Sun

Behind the success of Norah Jones’s Grammy winning smash “Don’t Know Why” is a voice that few would recognize. Contemporary pop music fans

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	Heroes of the Alamo: 98 to 1

Thought exercise: Let’s say you’re part of a rock band and you have access to a time machine—would you go back to 1962

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	. . . And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: The Secret of Elena’s Tomb

“Being on Interscope, we’re a moving target. We were almost asking for a lot of criticism. Which we’re up for, but I think

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8 Jul 2003 // 12:00 AM

With Joe Strummer, Joey Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone all in a better place, and Johnny Rotten (the name) gone with them, there are few

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