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19 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Alex & Emma (2003)

It is Alex's fantasy into which the film and Emma's seeming interests devolve.

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

:. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Fantastic Damage Self-consciously peeling off the Rolling Rock label, I thought about what a friend

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

The songs are stuck in my head, I can understand the fascination with the White Stripes. But I can't get a sense of who Jack and Meg White are in the midst of all this drama, I'm dizzied by the spectacle.

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Photo credit: Deb Kehs Do you believe in Satan? Eddie Spaghetti (né Daly) of the Supersuckers would have you believe that he’s devil-spawned

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Lyrics Born Zion I Not since Harriet Tubman shepherded slaves to freedom way back in the 1800s has the word “underground” had any currency in

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

:. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Patty Griffin’s music is a bit like sadomasochism. I seriously doubt this is what

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Funny thing: rock stars can perform stoned, high, coked up, or tripping and they’re fine. But after one bad piece of halibut, everything goes

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Wooden flooring. Giant, pink globes of light. Hip twentysomethings lounging around on the floor in languid poses. Not exactly the kind of scene one might

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18 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Murray refuses to pussyfoot around politically correct representation of ethnic diversity.

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This conjunction, a Prime Minister with a falling rating and a spineless Parliamentary opposition, has again wedged the door ajar for the British National Party, the current incarnation of the National Front.

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17 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate Managers

Welcome Interstate Managers is the welcome aural equivalent of a great collection of short stories, each song offering a little snippet from a life, and presenting a range of characters to fill this musical spectrum.

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17 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Serart: self-titled

It always happens. Whenever a band achieves commercial and critical success, once they become a respected band that people look up to, there’s always

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	Skatalites: From Paris With Love

Ska music, that peculiar and danceable predecessor of reggae that combines calypso, R&B, swing, and boogie-woogie, has proven a remarkably durable musical genre.

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	The Osmond Family: Osmondmania!

“I could record a Prince song, people wouldn’t probably misconstrue what I’m saying as something dirty because it’s Donny Osmond, right? But

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	Junior Murvin: Police and Thieves

In order to properly appreciate the incredibly important reissue of this album, it will be important to not just focus on the title track itself,

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	Massive Attack: 100th Window

By the end of last year, I found myself hoping that all hip-urban-space-dwellers found utilizing the word “lounge” in conjunction with the word “music” be

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	Lo’Jo: Au Cabaret Sauvage

This is the third release to U.S. listeners by Triban Lo’Jo, a French group of performance artists and musicians worthy of some attention.

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	The Like Young: “Looked Up” Plus Four

There’s something un-matchable about a great pop-rock song. Not just “pop” (i.e. catchy melody, harmony vocals) or “rock” (loud electric guitars, energetic tempo,

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	The Jigsaw Seen: Songs Mama Used to Sing

It must be interesting to be a part of the Jigsaw Seen. You’re a long-time favorite of L.A.‘s indie pop scene, but

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Gregory Peck was enthralled with the process of becoming someone else, and worked at perfecting it until the very end of his motion picture career.

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Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning turn as Atticus was that powerful; it overwhelmed cinema, literature, reality itself.

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17 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

At a time when the English horror film was too often content to revel in exaggeration for its own sake, Gordon Hessler brought a measure of craft and intelligence to material that might otherwise have been hackneyed.

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S.W.A.T.: The Complete First Season

When the regular police force are in trouble, they call S.W.A.T.

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17 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Greatest ‘70s Cop Shows

You've got righteous heroes, nasty villains, police being called 'pigs' or 'the fuzz.'

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season

That is, the season that many fans have called out as disjointed and erratic, maddening and disappointing. To a point, the complaint is justified, as Joss Whedon and company tend to concede. But only to a point.

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17 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Director Stuart Baird seems to be chasing the glory of Wrath of Khan, but those parallels leave the newer film feeling sort of like a cover band.

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17 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Little Big Man (1970)

It didn't just dispel the cloudless America of Westerns past -- it dismembered the genre, threw the parts in a trench, and spit on the tombstone.

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17 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Experiment in Terror (1962)

When the villain's dead and the feds go home, Kelly, Toby, and Lisa will still be adrift in a world of strange, hostile males, all waving their missiles at any attractive target who happens by.

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Frontman Thomas and his gaggle of musicians are masters of the AM sounds of the '60s, with a penchant for psychedelica; indeed, Thomas often seems a direct disciple from that musical era, as if frozen by prescient scientists to offset the catastrophic downfall of pop music brought on in the new millennium.

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

RACEBANNONBest Band to Break Your Lease With Their name may be lifted from a character in the kitsch cartoon series Johnny Quest, and this musical

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

THE PEE WEE FISTBest Indie-Pop Band with Substance and a Theramin Formed in 1995 by singer / guitarist / songwriter Pete Fitzpatrick, the Pee Wee Fist began as

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NAMELESSNUMBERHEADMANBest Sci-Fi Pop-Folk-Electronic Hybrid People who’ve never been there might hear “Kansas City” and think Dorothy and Toto or, if somewhat more enlightened, jazz

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

LOMAXThe Best New Relentless Post Punk Noise with a Political Edge Ow My Ears Are Bleeding But Look at Me Ma, I’m Dancing! Band

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

THE KING OF FRANCEBest Band the New York City Band Craze Left Behind The King of France formed a little over a year ago—pretty

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

THE IN OUTBest Jagged Rock Band Not Copping the ‘80s Revival The In Out, one of Boston’s best bands, makes music that is cerebral,

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

CAROLINE HERRINGSinger Who Sings About Whiskey and Blood Sweeter Than Anyone You’ll Ever Hear Voted “Best New Artist” at the Austin Music Awards last

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

GULLIVERGreat Hope for the Widespread Revival of Rock and Soul Music Alabama’s Gulliver are a very young band—guitarist/vocalist Scott Boyer III is

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

GOAPELEOne Good Reason Not to Give Up on “Neo-Urban-New Soul,” or The Only Reason This Decade to Thank Clear Channel Outside of the Bay Area,

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

THE DARKNESSBest Cock Rock Spandex Wearing Pretenders To Judas Priest’s Throne And I Don’t Think They’re Doing It Ironically Especially Since They’

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

22-20SBest New British Band to Have Every Single Person in the Record Industry Across the UK Slavering The place—The Coachella Festival, Indio, California,

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11 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

The revival has slaughtered garage rock. Pop continues to eat itself. What is a respectable music fan to do? Take a listen to our critics, of course, who weigh in on what joyful noises you may be missing.

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10 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Vexers: self-titled

Since the Vexers invite comparisons to a whole host of bands who are often labeled “post-punk”( X, Gang of Four, Wire, etc.), it may be

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10 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Parliament: Chocolate City [remastered]

Parliament, along with its alter ego Funkadelic, defined funk in the 1970s. The group delivered a series of classic albums, among them Mothership Connection and

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10 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pinback: Offcell EP

Most reviews of previous Pinback records have a consistent, near unanimous theme. Namely, sleep and dreams. If you listen to “Loro”, for example (from their

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10 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Metallica: St. Anger

Metallica fans have had a rough go of it in recent years. In fact, in retrospect, the past twelve years have been pretty lousy. Their

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	Freddie Foxxx/Bumpy Knuckles: The Konexion

If you’ve been paying much attention to hip-hop over the last 10 or 15 years, you should recognize Freddie Foxxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles) by his voice

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	Diana Darby: Fantasia Ball

After her debut album Naked Time, many critics were convinced that Diana Darby was somebody to take notice of. But while she hasn’t necessarily

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	D:Fuse: People_2: Both Sides of the Picture

It’s never a good thing when people start listening to their own hype, and DJ D:Fuse has clearly been listening to great heaps

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	Caesars: 39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World)

A snatch of a mostly-forgotten conversation with a friend close to a year ago really stuck with me: he said “pretty soon, this whole ‘garage

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	Concrete Blonde: Live in Brazil

Residing in a city currently under the guise of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), I almost feel compelled to throw a barb at this group

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This is a consummately chosen selection of powerful poems, rewarding to read, and remaining in the reader's mind long after the book has been put down.

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The True Story of the West Memphis Three, on the details behind the indictment of three Arkansas boys for a group of gruesome 1993 murders.

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

If I were in a band, my only goal would be to tour Japan. Japanese music fans are insane. Despite being faced with astronomically high

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TomahawkPhoto credit: Dustin Rabin The Melvins Dalek 8:11 PM: My companion and I arrive at the Vogue in Indianapolis. We each get a Rolling Rock and

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The Stratford 4Photo credit: Mariah Robinson Pedro the LionPhoto credit: Tim Owen Starflyer 59 Ester Drang :. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Prefuse 73 Four Tet Part of the fun of being a member of an audience is that you get the opportunity to become an integral element

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

By now, all of the Pavement and Malkmus message boards across the Internet are abuzz about the Jicks show in Milwaukee that took place exactly

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Timidity is the New Confidence Everybody keeps talking about Detroit. Detroit—New Rock City. Car exhaust and downtown decay. Stooges resurrected. Blah blah blah. All

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Sleater-Kinney love the Gossip. Maybe that endorsement will turn off some listeners, listeners who’ve never been able to tolerate Brownstein and Tucker’s vocal

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Live to Tell AllBetter LuckSuper*EverythingThat’s WhyLookaroundCaliforniaThe Things That You Say That You DoIf You

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Mulatto Europa It was Time Warp time again as the curious after-work and Black Boho throngs crowded the King Club in Times Square to witness

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Vampire Thrall by Michael Schiefelbein

Schiefelbein does not overdraw the story, keeping the narrative short, not over-dealing the fantastic elements or giving us pat and simplistic answers to the questions it poses.

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman

If the way things work in Washington are truly as Mr. Hillerman describes them, the book, although fiction, will surely make many readers want to just vote out the whole group of politicians and bureaucrats and start over.

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The Man with the Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl

A charming little fairytale about love in the modern world, told with a poetic, old-fashioned voice, which manages to capture and allure throughout its sparsely filled 74 pages.

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Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital

It's a rippling current through a sordid world encased by fear, politics and familial bonds.

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10 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Call Me Crazy by Anne Heche

Readers will be hard-pressed to find any sort of narrative, character development, or style in Heche's muddle of self-discovery.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's challenging third season reminds us that the gulf between it and rest of the widgets that pass for television shows is monumental.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Keen Eddie

Keen Eddie is breezy summer fun: fast-paced, quirky, and, a rarity in summer TV, intelligent.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Fame

Through these auditions, viewers are introduced to the one element that distinguishes Fame from similar series -- compassion.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Jubilee (1978)

It's cagier than this simplistic 'resist the system' message suggests.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Fulltime Killer (2001)

Willfully goes over the deep end, almost nihilistically wallowing in excess for excess's sake.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Extreme Ops (2002)

It's all about cash money -- its costs and its considerable rewards.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)

Wayne Wang portrays the challenges of forging an Asian American sexuality within a racialized politics of desire.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Electra, My Love (1974)

How many different ways can the protagonist say, 'I, Electra, will not forget'?.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Charlie’s Angels (2000)

'Can you imagine Drew and Cameron and Lucy fighting in this capacity? It would be so sexy! It would be so exciting!'.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Belle époque (1992)

Allows us to have our pleasure both ways.

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9 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Black Marble (1980)

Harry Dean Stanton uncovers the pain beneath the punchlines.

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8 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Solange: Solo Star

If Justin Timberlake annoyed you with his bad Michael Jacksonisms, you’ll probably be agitated by Solange‘s big Brandy bite. She’s not jacking

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8 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Koufax: Social Life

It’s funny how much difference a little piano can make on a rock record. If it weren’t for the band’s predilection for

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	Earlimart: Everyone Down Here

If Earlimart play a sad kind of music, and they mostly do, it’s still tempered by the blue California skies and the hopelessly optimistic

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8 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Elliot: Song in the Air

Well, let me just start out by saying that Elliot, in 2003, is better than they have ever been, period. Many people will say that they

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	Dropkick Murphys: Blackout

The Dropkick Murphys cite several Irish, Celtic, and punk rock groups as their influences, but this album is dedicated to three deceased musicians and friends—

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8 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Dolour: Suburbiac

The world of pop is perpetually an odd one—and I admittedly cannot unravel it. However, what I do know is that pop is now

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	Dear John Letters: Unbroken

With its 2001 debut album, Rewriting the Wrongs, Seattle band Dear John Letters established itself as a force to watch in indie pop circles. Combining a

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	The Chains: On Top of Things!

Sometimes a little stereotyping can be a good thing. When I signed on to do a review of On Top of Things!, the debut album

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	Baka Beyond: East to West

The Baka people are among the world’s last communities of hunters and gatherers, living in the jungles on the Cameroon-Congo border. In the rainforests,

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6 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Wrong Turn (2003)

You keep expecting the monster to pop up and git her, and by gum, it does.

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6 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Tyrese brings appropriate rage, outstanding musculature, and welcome comedy to the proceedings.

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L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Celebrates rather than laments the loss of fixed identities.

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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2003)

Flansburgh and Linnell's chemistry gives the impression that almost anyone could capture them at their best.

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6 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Garmento (2003)

Is anyone really shocked to find out that Calvin Klein-level designers are fey, waffling, deluded egomaniacs that willingly surround themselves with babysitting sycophants?"

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6 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

Blue Car (2003)

High schooler Meg (Agnes Bruckner) has good reasons to be angry.

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	Nobukazu Takemura: Assembler/Assembler 2

Noise keeps us honest. We have this annoying tendency to think that all music springs from the Great Pop Oversoul, full-grown and beautiful, rather than

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	Reckless Kelly: Under the Table & Above the Sun

Reckless Kelly have oodles of people to thank on their liner notes—from Steve Earle letting them use guitars to The Sopranos to Kim Richey

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5 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Tom Russell: Modern Art

Tom Russell has always, first and foremost, been a writer. I even hesitate to say songwriter. Critically acclaimed for years over about a dozen releases,

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5 Jun 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Pernice Brothers: Yours, Mine & Ours

Perhaps it’s because Joe Pernices’ first band, the Scud Mountain Boys, was from Northampton, Massachusetts, but I’ve always connected his work with a

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	Jazzanova: Jazzanova Remixed

Jazzanova‘s music has always been, in some way, about reinvention and reinterpretation. They’re best known as remixers extraordinaire, but even their original stuff,

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	Neilson Hubbard: Sing Into Me

Neilson Hubbard has a little bit of everything in him. From the spiritual side to the more morose section of his muse, the former member

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	Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People

When Toronto indie rock collective Broken Social Scene released their second album, called You Forgot It in People, in October of 2002, the music press in

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	Venus Hum: Big Beautiful Sky

The press release for Venus Hum‘s new recording states “Categorizing this band will be difficult.” No truer words could describe the Nashville, Tennessee based

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