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The Decemberists Today’s report by Terry Sawyer Final Weekend/ Music: Of Redemption and Round-Trip Tickets Determined to have a good time, I started drinking

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A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Film: Bucking the System, One Documentary at a Time by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

About 30 minutes after the doors opened, the bar area of Greenpoint’s Warsaw was already full and “Eisbar” was playing on the jukebox. In the

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

We get a lot of good shows here in New York City, but this is not without a downside. Just to get into the venue,

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Dion, lead guitarist for the D4, was standing at the edge of the stage at L.A.‘s Troubadour club. Would he or wouldn’t

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Boys of the Lough are a rare example of longevity in the world of Celtic music. Formed in the late 1960s, they’re still

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

It seems appropriate that the first night of a 50-date crusade-of-a-tour should begin in a church. The Colchester Arts Centre was once a place of

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Soul music beats like a lover’s heart when your press your face against bare flesh and hear a pulse drumming in your ear. For

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101 Poems That Could Save Your Life: An Anthology of Emotional First Aid by Daisy Goodwin

Despite the variety of emotional ailments they address, it is done so with a general monotony of procedure and voice.

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Naked at Work and Other Fears: How to Stay Sane When Your Job Drives You Crazy by Paul Hellman

Just because your boss grunted at you does not mean he hates you and is about to fire you . . . he may just be having a bad day.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

Like a surgeon, [the author] cuts to the bone of what makes love between two people such an elusive, baffling, frustrating, contradictory, confounding sort of thing.

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Important Things That Don’t Matter by David Amsden

The plot is pure pop culture -- coming of age, learning about sex, going through puberty, and defining family in whatever functional/dysfunctional terms fit.

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Glory Goes and Gets Some by Emily Carter

The reader is softly insinuated into a world where everything slips out of kilter.

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The characters are believable, the fictional premise intriguing, and it has two major components to insure sales -- the Knights Templar and the search for the Holy Grail.

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Bandits & Bibles:  Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America by Larry E. Sullivan

It captures [an] era when bad guys wore black and good women fell for them.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Jennifer Lopez has made a lucrative habit of reprising her story in most of her fictional incarnations.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Killers (1946)

The line between victims and violators is almost erased, now that playing by the rules seems little more than an antiquated affectation.

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Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park: The Second Season (2003)

The players at Rucker Park feel like 'superheroes,' and they've got the nicknames and convention-defying games to prove it.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Awful Truth (1937)

Never sappy, The Awful Truth is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

An exercise in splatterpunk.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Loeb and Sale deal with a period of Spider-Man's history that most current readers aren't even aware existed.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

It is a story filled with lust, hypocrisy, violence, misguided intentions, questionable justice, and questionable motives. In short, it is a very human story.

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Vertigo Pop! London is more about growth than aging, and accepting changes for what they are: life experiences.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Tell me the Tubby home doesn't resemble a bomb shelter.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Wanda at Large

Wanda Sykes' new show provides a perfect stage for her one-lining sass.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Oliver Beene

Oliver Beene is strangely sterile.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

King of the Hill

As good as he tries to be, Hank comes into repeated conflict with the rapidly changing world around him.

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31 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Black Sash

What makes these kids primo WB material is their emotional intensity and, no small thing, their incessant desire to talk about same.

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Sound: Jeopardy

Jeopardy is the album missing from your music collection. Making such a bold claim banks on two assumptions, which I’ll come clean about right

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Scorpions: Tokyo Tapes

Engage anyone with even the least amount of knowledge of the ‘80s rock music scene about who the greatest bands of that particular decade were

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	Ricky Skaggs: Live at the Charleston Music Hall

When Ricky Skaggs started to become popular in Nashville more than two decades ago, he was seen as the newcomer of country music. And while

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	P’taah: Staring at the Sun

I’m all for talented artists branching out and pushing their creative boundaries, but I gotta say, there’s a whole lot of disappointed househeads

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	MURS: The End of the Beginning

Just what does it take to be a Living Legend? MURS, a member of the L.A.-based Living Legends hip-hop crew, has forsaken his

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	The Mooney Suzuki: Electric Sweat [Bonus Tracks] [ENHANCED]

Over the past few years, a loud buzz has emanated from the New York club scene centering around four upstarts committed to incessant gigging and

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ed Harcourt: From Every Sphere

There are two meanings to the word lush, and Ed Harcourt embodies them both. His reputation for enjoying a drink or two has won him

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	The Crusaders: Rural Renewal

It was a honor and privilege for a jazz session player to appear on a Steely Dan album in the ‘70s. Keyboardist Joe Sample and

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Cave In: Antenna

When Cave In’s metalcore assault of Beyond Hypothermia dropped in 1998, I’m quite positive that the absolute last place this Boston quartet envisioned themselves

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30 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Bobby Blue Bland: Blues at Midnight

Fading genres of popular music like jazz, blues, and soul seem to be audibly straining under the weight of their situation. Should they try to

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	The Ataris: So Long, Astoria

In the two years since the Indiana-bred quartet the Ataris released End Is Forever on Kung Fu Records, not a lot has changed in pop-punk.

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Halle Berry has said she will wear 'something that would reflect an homage to the troops.' Let's see, whatever will she choose?

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28 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

The illogic of sports fanaticism extends to the rest of our lives, encouraging absurd debates in which each side must support the unsupportable.

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Even the most casual look at the profit motive behind the war against Iraq is appalling in its brutal logic.

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The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.

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28 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

As this first war of the 21st century accelerates, it's important to recall that the confrontation between primitive and civilized cultures is not new.

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28 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2003)

Despite Walter's early warnings, Jettel does not expect Kenya to be all that different from Frankfurt and is therefore profoundly unsettled when she arrives.

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28 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Head of State (2003)

As crossover-dreamy as it is, Head of State may just grant him enough industry clout to drag it - the industry -- along with him.

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28 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Core (2003)

Settles quickly into the most mundane of plot and character developments.

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28 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Basic (2003)

As its title suggests, John McTiernan's new action-thriller, 'Basic' is not very new.

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I share a space with them each time I'm profiled in grocery stores, or chillin' with my homies Gramsci and Jay Z at Starbucks.

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Sugarman Three & Co.: Pure Cane Sugar

If you weren’t old enough to shake your butt back in the 1960s when dances had names, or imbibe a live Stax soul revue

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Tobin Sprout: Lost Planets & Phantom Voices

When you’ve been a part of one of the quirkiest, distinctive and profoundly enjoyable underground indie pop bands in the history of indie pop,

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Oleander: Joyride

You may have heard the name Oleander before, but for the casual radio listener, Oleander is simply ‘that band that had that one song, “Why

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	Immortal Lee County Killers: Love Is a Charm of Powerful Trouble

Let’s just get this fact out of the way now before this review goes any further. The Immortal Lee County Killers are going to

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Eric Idle: Eric Idle Presents The Rutland Isles

Monty Python is like a legendary rock band whose individual members have embarrassed themselves with a series of vain attempts to regain and/or cash

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jojo Hermann: Defector

When it comes to the blues, nobody releases better stuff than the folks at Fat Possum. They’ve got gobs of punk-ass attitude (best exemplified

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Howe Gelb: The Listener

As much as I like Giant Sand and its various offshoots (Calexico, OP8, Blacky Ranchette, etc.), I know very little about the man in the

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Echoboy: Giraffe

There are plenty of reasons to like British one man band Richard Warren, AKA Echoboy. He comes across as sort of an electronic version of

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Detroit Experiment: self-titled

The Detroit Experiment is a great idea; there can be no doubt about that. The premise is this: producer Aaron Luis Levinson and Ropeadope Records

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26 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Common Rider: This Is Unity Music

One of the perks of going to high school in an affluent (aka: safe, white and wealthy) Long Island suburb was the “Open School” policy.

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	AC/DC: AC/DC Live [Collector’s Edition]

If there was ever a live hard rock album that deserved to be re-mastered, and subsequently revisited, it is AC/DC’s 1992 effort. Culled from

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26 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Unfunky UFO There is a Bee Gees song that goes, “I started a joke which started the whole world crying.” This lyric highlights one of

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Kimya DawsonPhoto Credit: Natalie Gruppuso Adam Green In a move analogous to the 1978 simultaneous release of four Kiss solo albums, all six members of the

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26 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Blasting their way through a set that seemed far too short, Ikara Colt commanded the stage at Maxwell’s in Hoboken in a way that

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26 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Ed Harcourt has always been a solo artist, but tonight, he seems even more alone, maybe even lonely. Something about the look on his face

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26 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

“Sometimes I feel like an evolutionary rejectLiving in this hi-tech world”—Widespread Panic There are some shows where you walk out of the club and

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26 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

High Volume, High Voltage For devoted AC/DC fans, what could be better than seeing their heroes perform in a packed football stadium? How about

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Virus: Virus Buster Serge, Volume 1

The sheer number of questions director Masami Obari piles on makes us wonder if even he knows what's going on.

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All in the Family: Second Season

In the case of All in the Family and Sanford and Son, 'groundbreaking' is not an overstatement.

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You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Reveals the liberation offered by non-alienating work and examines the matrices between class and gender, as few other films do.

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25 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Put simply, the eyes cannot be trusted, not in film noir generally, and especially not in In a Lonely Place.

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25 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.

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25 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Gloria (1980)

Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.

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25 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Guyver—Bio-Booster Armor, Vols. 1 & 2 (1989/1991)

There is a kind of biological dread at work in this ambivalence, a fear of viral contamination and uncontrollable, anarchic cellular proliferation.

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	Townes Van Zandt: For the Sake of the Song

For those of us who discovered Townes Van Zandt late, after he’d already reaped the damages of his life, the image is seared into

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	Ute Lemper: But One Day

German chanteuse Ute Lemper has been caught between worlds for some time, but never has it been more apparent than on her latest disc, But

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24 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Richard X. Heyman: Rightovers

When common practice finds you writing 30 some odd tracks for an album and you only wind up using 14 of them, what happens to the leftovers

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	Harper Lee: Everything’s Going To Be OK

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in

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	Gotan Project: La Revancha del Tango

Originality is a scarce commodity in the music world these days, so the very existence of a group like Gotan Project is cause for celebrating.

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	Ibrahim Ferrer: Buenos Hermanos

Ibrahim Ferrer’s first record gave the world the chance to hear the wonderfully wasted voice of a 71-year-old “new” artist—no one outside Cuba

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24 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

Erase Errata: Other Animals

Their roots are less with the post-punk war-horses like the Gang of Four and Devo, and more with LiLiput, the Swiss feminist band from the early ‘80s. Like LiLiput, Erase Errata makes the form their music takes a political statement in itself.

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24 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Krush: The Message at the Depth

Ten years ago, it was difficult for American hip-hop audiences to finally accept that strong MCs and DJs were coming out of the West Coast.

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24 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The D4: 6Twenty

“New Garage”. It sounded so fresh, so rejuvenating two years ago, but now, in 2003, before the so-called genre could really make a serious dent in

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24 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Vic Chesnutt: Silver Lake

Vic Chesnutt seems to take as much inspiration from writers as he does from musicians. His West of Rome album shares its name with a

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	Atom and His Package: Attention! Blah Blah Blah.

Imagine if Harold Faltermeyer grew 50 stories high and stomped into Philadelphia, crushing the Franklin mint under his heel and blaring his only hit (“Axel F”)

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24 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

They sign Vs with their hands, cheer at the cars driving by, and gesture at their biggest banner, which reads, 'Neanderthal President.'

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24 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Towards the end of the march, some onlookers chanted, 'The whole world is watching!'

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24 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

To Tony Blair, the campaign against Iraq is the right war. It's his moral mission.

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24 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bush's reliance on freedom as a last-ditch rhetorical smoke screen for dangerous imperial ideology began in the wake of 9/11.

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24 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

The flag is also the symbol of a nation bitterly divided over a foreign war.

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24 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

When war happens live on TV, it's not only the self-declared enemy who gets mad for the camera.

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20 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Weather Underground makes this story relevant now; is it the '60s we're watching on screen, or is that the peace march this past 15 February in New York City?

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20 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

View From the Top (2003)

View From the Top's Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) are certainly nice, but not interesting enough to rescue a plot this stale.

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20 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Morvern Callar (2002)

Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.

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20 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Dreamcatcher (2003)

One thing you can say about 'Dreamcatcher': you can't really say one thing about it.

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20 Mar 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The girls in 'Bend It Like Beckham' have grown up crossing cultural borders on a daily basis, and see such negotiations as nothing special.

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19 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Turin Brakes: Ether Song

Turin Brakes are Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, friends since their primary school days in Balham, South London. They grew up listening to Prince, Sebadoh,

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	Sly and the Family Stone: The Essential Sly and the Family Stone

The work of Sly and the Family Stone has been lauded by critics for decades, so a lengthy treatise about its importance is hardly in

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19 Mar 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Majesticons: Beauty Party

Temptation #1: The promo version of this record features the Promo-Bot, period break-ins by a robot voice laid randomly in over the real tracks in an

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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