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19 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Photo credit: Paula Wilson Most bands just skip Grand Rapids altogether. Yeah, it’s the smack-dab midpoint of the Detroit-Chicago roadie, yeah it’s a

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The Clientele: The Violet Hour

The Violet Hour is something of a quest, where the manner of going becomes more consuming, and ultimately more important, than the impetus for pursuit.

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18 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Settlefish: Dance a While, Upset

The Settlefish hails from Italy and is most commonly recognized by its ringing guitars, use of sonic dynamics, and a talking/signing manner of communicating.

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18 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Karsh Kale: Liberation

I fell immediately in love with Karsh Kale‘s first album, 2001’s Realize, on the first listen. It was one of those perfect music moments:

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18 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Krakatoa: We Are the Rowboats

Contemporary listeners often only hear instrumental music in films, so it’s natural that it frequently evokes visual metaphors. While Krakatoa’s music, often heavy

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18 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	I Muvrini: Pulifunie

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	Gemma Hayes: Night on My Side

North American fans of British pop music probably first heard of Gemma Hayes sometime in 2002. If it wasn’t a pretty song of hers on

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	Billie Holiday: Love Songs, Volume 2

Billie Holiday has been dead for more than four decades now, but her legacy is such that she will be forever releasing new material through

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18 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	R.L. Burnside: First Recordings

If you don’t know about R.L. Burnside, you need to know about R.L. Burnside. He is B-A-D. And then there’s his

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18 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

xx/xy (2003)

Austin Chick's first feature, takes Coles' perspective -- as much as Coles has a perspective.

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Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman (1972)

Combining his worldly wrestling celebrity with a mythological aura, Santo ascended to another plane altogether.

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18 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Good Thief (2003)

'I wanted to create a world that doesn't quite exist, you know, a world of nighttime clubs and nighttime criminality.'"

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18 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Big Trouble (1986)

Flimsy and frustrating, Big Trouble suggests that Cassavetes finally gave up on reality.

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18 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

All the Real Girls (2002)

'David and I are not smart enough to come up with a character that's as complex as Zooey is.'"

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	Various Artists: The Revenge of the Robots [DVD]

“As long as it’s rooted on some boom-bap shit, as long as it’s rooted in the hardcore drums and that energy and feeling

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	The Sleepy Jackson: Lovers

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been finding the recent glut of lush, insanely catchy, guitar-oriented pop music a very nice departure

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17 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Bill Miller: Spirit Rain

Bill Miller‘s music is artfully eclectic, in large part influenced by the traditional Native American songs he learned in his youth, but equally influenced

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17 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Edwin McCain: The Austin Sessions

Modern life can be so complicated and pretentious, and anyone who craves simplicity won’t find much of it in the pop charts. Instead, it’

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17 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Daniel Lanois: Shine

Show business can do funny things to a person’s self-awareness. For most trying to enter its gilded halls, it does little but crush and

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	Landing: Passages Through

Pretend you didn’t just click the little thumbnail jpeg link on the left side of the PopMatters home page. Imagine you didn’t read

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	Adam Green: Friends of Mine

Adam Green‘s tenure with the Moldy Peaches ended at the turn of the millenium. No longer with the band, his name will always be

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17 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Cibelle: self-titled

The musical world was dealt an awful blow a couple of years ago when Suba died in an apartment fire in São Paulo. Although

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	Various Artists: Den of Thieves

On Thievery Corporation’s last album, The Richest Man in Babylon, there was a song called “The Outernationalist”, a made-up term that describes as well

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	Various Artists: The Roots of Doo Wop

Savoy Jazz’s Roots of Doo Wop collection consists of 20 songs from 15 different vocal groups recorded between September of 1949 and October of 1955, starting in about

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14 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Sean Watkins: 26 Miles

As the lead guitarist and a key component of Nickel Creek, Sean Watkins ventured out into a solo career briefly with his debut album, Let

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	The Who: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Over the course of the Who’s storied career, each decade has seen the group fight to establish a distinct identity, then gradually transform itself

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	Velvet Crush: Free Expression (Expanded)

Why the Velvet Crush believes Free Expression, released a mere four years ago, already deserves the elaborate reissue treatment usually reserved for well-worn classics (i

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	The Star Spangles: Bazooka!!!

Time once again for Hotly-Tipped Garage Band of the Week Round-up: This time around we’ve got New York City’s (natch) the Star Spangles,

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	The Swords Project: Entertainment Is Over If You Want It

There are numerous (what I like to call) “gray zones” in music. There are those who may alternatively tag these zones as “experimental-X” or “post-X”,

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14 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	George Strait: Honkytonkville

When it comes to George Strait, I’m of two minds. That part of me that loves classic and alternative country would like to see

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14 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Susheela Raman: Love Trap

This is the third draft of this review, because the others got all weighed down in their own conceptual issues. Usually, I love conceptual issues,

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. . . in the midst of difference -- wealth and education here, poverty and despair just over there -- Americans retain an essential respect for the symbols of the city, the physical pillars of the nation.

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14 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Uptown Girls (2003)

Molly looks great in glitter tops and short skirts. What else could she need to know?.

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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003)

Eschewing the loopy romanticism of his past efforts, Alan Rudolph displays admirable restraint in representing domestic drudgery.

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14 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Open Range (2003)

Kevin Costner's film assumes the usual mythology: the West 'died' when corporate thinking encroached on the boundless spirit of the cowboys.

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14 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

Yet another generation of Elm Street teens arrive at the grim realization that adults are useless when it comes to serial killers, or anything else.

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14 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

The soldiers rebel in trivial but telling ways, more often than not imitating the very systems they think they're bucking.

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13 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Sparks: Lil’ Beethoven

This album’s just too damn weird to review. Really. Like if I told you that Lil’ Beethoven, the umpteen-millionth album from Sparks, was some

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	Rainbow: Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology

For a brief spell during the mid-to-late ‘70, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow managed to bridge the gap somewhat between the pioneering heavy metal dinosaurs (Led Zeppelin,

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	The Rippingtons: Let It Ripp

I try to be fair to smooth jazz. I’ve actually grown fond of its unfailing competence, its lack of pretension and the genuine and

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	The Red Hot Valentines: Summer Fling

I know that talking about an album’s artwork or design is a horrible crutch for bad writing. I know. But I feel like Gregg

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13 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Righteous Boy: I Sing Because of You

The Cardigans have been in creative limbo since 1998’s Gran Turismo, but not so its individual members. Following on the heels of projects by guitarist

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	Lupine Howl: The Bar at the End of the World

Lupine Howl are over the top. Their moniker is peculiar, severe; their album titles, obscure and potentially off-putting (The Carnivorous Lunar Activities of Lupine Howl,

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13 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Michael Franti & Spearhead: Everyone Deserves Music

Michael Franti and half a dozen other anti-war activists were recently featured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine‘s “Seven Who Dared”. Franti’s standing on

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When Gregory Hines died on 9 August, he left a legacy of artistic accomplishment in the fields of pop music, film, stage, and, of course, 'hoofing.'

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

The King of Pap The crowd ranged in age from eight to 80, most sporting a few extra pounds and many wearing T-shirts emblazoned with superhero

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Ah, the dog days of summer. There’s nothing like them, especially when you’ve been subjected to one of the harshest winters in recent

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Q-Unique (The Rock Steady Rhymer). Easy Roc Fabel and Mr. Wiggles The Rock Steady Crew celebrated its 26th year of spinning, locking, popping and jaw-dropping

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

There was a bizarre post the other day on the velvetrope about the declining revenues of major record label Universal Music Group that concluded with

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

I saw the Devil on stage at the Roseland Ballroom on a night so sultry New York seemed like hell with sidewalks. The streets outside

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

On July 29th, Gustavo Cerati showed a Chicago audience why he is among the most acclaimed and popular artists in Argentina. Greeted by fans who

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Things got off to a slow start at the Blood Brothers’ show at the Knitting Factory. Despite being crowded to the front of the stage

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Wolf Tongue: Selected Poems 1965-2000 by Barry MacSweeney

His [Barry MacSweeney] is a poetry of extreme suffering, of Eliot's 'infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing'.

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The Singular Objects of Architecture by Jean Baudrillard and Jean Nouvel

The loose focus of Nouvel and Baudrillard's discussion is the 'singular object': an irreducible, irreplaceable, transcendent cultural artifact.

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Only Good Thing Anybody Has Ever Done by Sandra Newman

It's a veritable cornucopia of global contemporary culture . . . If you've been in a coma for the last few decades or recently come from another planet, this book should be required reading.

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13 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

It has all the ingredients of a 'good' book: humor, fallibility, conflict, cynicism, fear, lust, creativity, and obstacles.

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12 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Annie Lennox: Bare

We all age, we all suffer—and as Annie Lennox sings, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw those stones, but something just flew through

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	Adam Selzer: All the Walls Are Bare

Known for his work with the band Norfolk & Western, Adam Selzer took some time off from his main project last summer to work on

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11 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Single: Welcome Nada

When something is polished for a long time, it gets smooth, and “smooth” and “polished” are surprisingly apt descriptives for the sounds of Single on

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	Dr. Lonnie Smith: Boogaloo to Beck

Anyone remember the Booker T. & the MG’s record McLemore Avenue? Released a shade past the group’s heyday in 1970, it featured Booker T.

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	Morcheeba: Parts of the Process

If trip-hop is a sonic school of thought, then Morcheeba are not of it. Personally, I take issue with such need to compartmentalise anyway. One

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	Friends of Dean Martinez: On the Shore

Formerly featuring Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino, Friends of Dean Martinez explore similar musical territory on this expansive, sweeping, all-instrumental two-disc set, featuring

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	Miles Davis: In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete

Sony has so vast a catalogue under the name of this man, a name dropped by pseuds but rarely my own first listening choice, I

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	American Analog Set: Promise of Love

American Analog Set are a band who seem to be surrounded by contradictions, even oxymorons. Take their name: sure, they’re Americans—from Texas, no

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Street Time

The characters of 'Street Time' often find it hard to say what they mean, out of self-defensive reserve as much as fear or misgiving.

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The New Avengers ‘76: Season One

Macnee is as winsome and disarming as ever, so much so that when Steed gets play -- and he does -- it's easy to see why.

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

MI-5

The spies on MI-5 are more Miss Marple than 007.

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Less Than Perfect

Will Butler doesn't figure much in the class warfare -- he's too busy checking his hair in the mirror.

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Boy Meets Boy

This summer, Bravo has struck gold with 'Queer Eye For The Straight Guy'. And now it offers a gay dating game, 'Boy Meets Boy'.

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Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)

Shortly after he and his lover Mark Massi were diagnosed with full-blown AIDS, filmmaker Tom Joslin began a film and video diary of their experiences.

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) (1955)

It is darkly ambivalent about the veracity of our memories (both individually and collectively).

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Irréversible (2002)

Moved by fury and frustration, Marcus and Pierre take what appears to be the film's most overtly potent decision.

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Hunted (2003)

'For me,' declares Friedkin, just hearing the Dylan lyric spoken by Johnny Cash is worth making a film for.

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11 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

Manifests this ambiguity as hostility towards the murderers' victims.

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Die! Die! My Darling! (a.k.a. Fanatic) (1965)

Tallulah Bankhead was a walking mélange of Southern grande dame bitchiness, unapologetic hedonism, and an in-your-face performance style.

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8 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

In Eminem (née Marshall Mathers), Andre 'Dr. Dre' Young, found what most music critics deem as hip-hop's great white hope, and together, in 50 Cent, they found the next Biggie and Tupac rolled into one. Their Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit stronghold in the music industry positions them as a certified holy trinity.

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7 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Summer Hymns: Clemency

Wouldn’t it be nice if life were fairy-tale simple? Wouldn’t it be nice if the sun shone every day through stay-puff cumulus clouds

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7 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Panjabi MC: Beware

Missy Elliott’s “Get Yr Freak On” won many props a couple of years ago for introducing Indian rhythms to hip-hop and therefore pop radio.

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	Jim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo: Wait ‘Til Spring

Jim Lauderdale has been around for quite a while now. The singer-songwriter has never really received the attention he merits, but it hasn’t stopped

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7 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel [1] (SACD)

According to legend, Peter Gabriel went to see a Bruce Springsteen concert towards the end of his tenure in Genesis and suddenly realized that he

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	GoGoGo Airheart: Love My Life, Hate My Friends

If anyone stumbles across San Diego-based quartet GoGoGo Airheart, see if you can wheedle upcoming lotto numbers out of them, because these guys can see

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	Dead Meadow: Shivering King and Others

Washington, D.C.‘s Dead Meadow has already attracted an inordinate amount of attention, probably because they look like Weezer and allegedly aspire to sound

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7 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Alpinestars: White Noise

You gotta admit it’s a great story: Manchester duo Richard Woolgar and Glyn Thomas got their big break when a local promoter challenged them

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

'Springsteen was my guinea pig,' Ceccola told me in a 1999 interview. 'He was how I really learned to take a decent picture.'

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

George W. Bush brought his CEO ethic to the White House. And that's the problem.

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Why would someone who obviously has enough talent to be hired by a venerable institution feel the need to ruin themselves, and more importantly, shame the institution with which they are affiliated?

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

S.W.A.T. (2003)

S.W.A.T. knows what it is, namely, an expensive, hyper-actionated, cd-selling, multi-raced and multi-buddied flick.

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Freaky Friday (2003)

It's good to see Jamie Lee Curtis acting like a 15-year-old.

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Dirty Pretty Things is a film about beaten down, exhausted, tenaciously hopeful workers.

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Le Divorce (2003)

Like previous Merchant-Ivory productions, Le Divorce concerns culture clashes, disruptive expatriates, and squabbles over stuff.

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7 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

Camp (2003)

A patchwork quilt for the unloved misfits it glorifies and indulges, Todd Graff's 'Camp' has a quarter of the polish of 'Chicago', but three times the humanity.

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6 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Jazz

In spite of the disclaimer in the liner notes, The Rough Guide to Latin Jazz does a fair job of covering the genre. The collection

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6 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Tindersticks: Waiting for the Moon

Tindersticks really are a creature of wonderful contradictions. Epic and intimate, uplifting and bleak, gentle and ballsy, experimental and traditional. Good and bad? No, no,

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	Thicke: A Beautiful World

Impressionism is most often thought of as a 19th century movement in painting where artists revolted against traditional representational styles in order to paint things

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	Gingersol: The Train Wreck Is Behind You

The first time you hear something by the band Gingersol, you instantly think, “Why isn’t this band more popular?” These guys have the goods,

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	Green Rode Shotgun: Bang

This old-style 45-rpm will never go out of trendy disc fashion. Just staring at it makes me want to get out the old record player

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6 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island, Burn

As a self-ascribed music critic, I am expected to attain a certain level of professionalism, to maintain composure and remain stoic: untouched, unscathed and unmoved

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6 Aug 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Aspera: Oh Fantastica

The Pythagoreans were mistaken. The music of the spheres, they claimed, was an otherworldly harmony thought to have been created by the vibrations of the

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6 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

The ThermalsPhoto credit: Chelsea Mosher The Metro Club’s a pit. A sweaty hole with sticky floors and those florescent lights that make your eyeballs

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6 Aug 2003 // 12:00 AM

There are no stock cars here.A surgically precise pit crew will not change four tires in 28 seconds.Remembrances of Dale Earnhardt shall be postponed.

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