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	Various Artists: This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks

Tribute albums are a mixed bag, to put it mildly. For every tribute album that gets it right (If I Were a Carpenter, for example),

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Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town

What can I say about Thin Lizzy? I love this band, love them in spite of their many flaws, love them because of their many flaws. I’ve loved them ever since I first heard “The Boys Are Back in Town” on my pink plastic clock radio back in 1976.

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	Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz / Diary of a Madman

The Osbournes’ greed finally goes overboard, and it’s the fans who are forced to suffer, as is always the case. It’s a great

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24 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Knodel: Dawn of the Butterfly

Knodel has arrived to rock. It says so in the second line of the opening title track to the trio’s glorious sophomore album, Dawn

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24 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Wyclef Jean: Masquerade

Michael Jordan. David Hasselhoff. Master P. After listening to Wyclef Jean’s latest, Masquerade, these names immediately came to my mind. Not because of their

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24 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Honky Tonk Confidential: Your Trailer or Mine?

What happens when you play a country song backward? Yeah, you’ve heard this one: Mama gets out of jail, Daddy stops drinking, your truck

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	Benny Goodman: The King of Swing (Bluebird’s Best)

The 14 tracks on this remastered collection of Benny Goodman classics recorded between 1935 and 1939 contain many of the highlights of the group’s recordings for the

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24 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	El-P: Fantastic Damage

We’ve all been waiting for this one. Since El-P’s trio, Company Flow, broke up in March of 2000, we’ve all been sitting tight,

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24 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Benett: Welcome to the Jungle

That Benett is one crazy lady. Very groovy and very cool, mind you, but she’s definitely not your typical female singer-songwriter. Or is she

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24 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Boggs: We Are the Boggs We Are

Jesus, talk about false advertising! What is this, some kind of Coldplay tribute band dragging in from a long night at the pub? The cover

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21 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Juwanna Mann (2002)

It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.

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	Various Artists: Meet the Scene: An Introduction to Finnish Underground Guitar Pop

So, you know anything about Finland? Personally, the extent of my knowledge of all things Finnish is limited to lots of hockey players (including the

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	Howlin’ Wolf: The Real Folk Blues / More Real Folk Blues

When I first heard Howlin’ Wolf, his sound was eerie and strange to me, like nothing I had ever heard before. “How Many More Years”

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	The Star Room Boys: This World Just Won’t Leave You Alone

The Star Room Boys hail from Athens, GA, buut their style is more akin to roadhouse honky tonk than anything you normally associate with the

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20 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Moby: 18

18, the latest addition to Moby’s oeuvre, was released last month after much anticipation. His previous album, Play (1999), is the catalyst responsible for catapulting the

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	Judas Priest: Turbo / Priest . . . Live!

The infamous, 1986 cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a 16-minute documentary short about the kids partying in a suburban D.C. parking lot in the

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20 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Bryan Ferry: Frantic

Such the jokester, that Bryan Ferry. The man hasn’t done anything remotely frantic since “Both Ends Burning” from Roxy Music’s majestic 1975 album Siren.

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	The Bevis Frond: What Did for the Dinosaurs

There’s something awfully irritating about rock musicians complaining that today’s musicians don’t know how to rock as well as they do. Whether

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20 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Minority Report (2002)

Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).

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20 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Lovably unconventional, Lilo & Stitch have some trouble fitting in with their peer groups -- regular kids in Lilo's case, multi-limbed aliens in Stitch's.

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20 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Juwanna Mann (2002)

Like its men-in-drag predecessors, Juwanna Mann doesn't critique gender stereotypes, so much as it uses them to espouse a morality lesson.

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The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

Exotic and universal, The Fast Runner is as engrossing as any thriller, as majestic as any epic.

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19 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer

The possibility of a tribute album being a success is tenuous at best, and the few factors it hangs on determines whether it will sink

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	Various Artists: Paris Lounge 2

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Paris Lounge set comes Volume Two. A little too hotly perhaps, for although this mixture of deep

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19 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The String Cheese Incident: Outside Inside

Ever since the Grateful Dead cut lousy albums back in the late ‘60s, reviewers have fallen back on a certain adage: a good live band

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	Harry Manx: Wise and Otherwise

In a way, Wise and Otherwise, a very natural sounding expression of East meets West, has been waiting 40 years to be realized. While the music

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19 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Clarks: Another Happy Ending

Apart from maybe the onset of summer, there aren’t too many things more anticipated in Pittsburgh than a new record from the Clarks. This

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	The Charlatans UK: Songs From the Other Side

Every time I hear a new song by the Charlatans, I think, they’re still around? Here we are, 12 years after they blew us all

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19 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Bad Religion: The Process of Belief

Phrases such as “seminal punk act” and “buzz saw guitars” are thrown around entirely too liberally these days when describing the latest releases by anyone

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Vacations, to us of this peculiar breed, are simply an excuse of an extended orgy of unrestrained reading.

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

DMX Krew Cylob It’s amazing how ubiquitous 1980s references are these days. As seemingly inevitable as this cultural déjà vu was, I would

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt is currently touring to promote her latest album, Silver Lining. On 5 June 2002, Raitt’s tour made a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater

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The Hives Black Rebel Motorcyle Club Kathleen Edwards Mooney Suzuki Every June, the little brother to the annual South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

New Order’s Bernard Sumner New Order’s Peter Hook S E T    L I S T CrystalTransmissionRegretCeremony60 Miles an HourAtmosphereBrutalClose RangeShe’s

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Blink 182 Green Day This year marks the 25th anniversary of punk’s recognition by the mainstream, and as such there’s been a lot of

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

He is the primo monogamous Alpha male that we all, at one time or another, fantasize about being close to.

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. . . I think the series fills a void that is left by the other networks, which lately have limited gay characters to sitcoms.

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Ain't nothin' wrong with cats payin' the bills with their art. But there's always a real cost associated with stayin' true to your art, when market demands suggest that there's more money available following trends.

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21 Dog Years, Doing Time at Amazon.com by Mike Daisey

Amazon.com is hiring and they're looking for freaks.

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Something for the Ghosts by David Constantine

These poems are populated by the dead, the silent, the voiceless and the absent ...

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spike Lee: Interviews edited by Cynthia Fuchs

Some day critics will stop calling Lee the "black Woody Allen" or an "African-American filmmaker" (or even a "controversial" one) but simply acknowledge him as one of the most intelligent, articulate, and able filmmakers of our generation.

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Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives by Todd Gitlin

. . . a sound overview of how we have become affected -- or disaffected -- by the media.

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Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow by Tara Browner

the members of First Nation manage to maintain their sense of humor, bantering with wit and aplomb that go a long way toward reminding us that there are a few oases of ideas to be found in the vast wasteland of spam, scams, and bad sex that cyberspace has become.

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

A Dream of Wolves by Michael C. White

Mr. White depicts the people as they are, without a hint of condescension or judgment of those who choose to live in the mountains by their own rules.

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Dave Matthews Band: Step Into the Light, Revised 2nd Ed. by Morgan Delancey

Their high caliber of musicianship allows them to improvise live, something many bands neither have the ability nor the willingness to do.

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Anarchy by James Robert Baker

Sexual minorities have made progress but TV shows and beer ads only show that companies view them as a commercially viable group.

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19 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

American Scream: the Bill Hicks Story by Cynthia True

The life of Bill Hicks is the definition of a life fulfilled.

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	Take 6: Beautiful World

When Take 6 dropped their self-titled debut in 1988, contemporary R&B and gospel were both at crossroads and the idea of an a cappella gospel

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18 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Soul Coughing: Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing

You don’t really know the band. You might think you do, but you don’t. In fact, chances are good you’ve not only

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18 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kleenex Girl Wonder: After Mathematics

Under the moniker Kleenex Girl Wonder, hometaping wunderkind Graham Smith has been churning out records for the pop underground with startling prolificacy since the mid-‘9

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18 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	I Muvrini: self-titled

In a small village of 50 inhabitants in northern Corsica, two brothers, Jean-François and Alain, learned to sing from their father, Ghjuliu Bernardini, himself a

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18 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dirty Vegas: self-titled

It’s not a bad way to break into the music biz: a couple friends run into each other at an airport, they decide to

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	Camber: Wake Up and Be Happy

With their debut and sophomore releases on Deep Elm records, NYC four-piece Camber found themselves in the uneasy position of being in possession of a

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18 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Bodega: Without a Plan

Whenever you see a band listed as being reminiscent of Paul McCartney, or called “McCartneyesque”, you know what you’re going to get: great melodies,

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Why would anyone, let alone TV producers, construct an environment that might result in hunger, where youngsters have to go to bed with empty stomachs?

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18 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Trading Spaces

The dynamic concept intrigued me from the start, but if the participants and crew weren't enjoying themselves, well, it would be like watching Martha Stewart.

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18 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

As to the rejection of my understanding of the connection between lesbianism and witchcraft on 'Buffy', I have never said that BVS's creator or writers made a conscious (and consciously homophobic) decision to directly cast lesbianism as social pathology and physical addiction.

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17 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The No-No’s: Let Your Shadow Out

The No-No’s have a chip on their shoulder about the size of Portland. Well, it is Portland, actually—Portland, Oregon—the place they call

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	Christy McWilson: Bed of Roses

Christy McWilson is often described as the queen of Seattle alt.country. While it’s true her version of country is not anyone’s idea

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	The Mountian Goats: Ghana

John Darnielle writes lots of songs. However, unlike, say, Bob Pollard, who also writes lots of songs (half of which are brilliant and half of

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17 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio

I’m likely not the only Iron Maiden fan who lost track of the band after 1992. In the four years that followed 1988’s Seventh Son

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17 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

Steve Earle: Sidetracks

Sidetracks is Earle’s collection of what he calls “stray songs”, songs that never made it to albums, or which can only be found on obscure compilations, soundtracks, or import editions of his albums.

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17 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Commodores: Live!

Call it the R&B equivalent of the old Paul McCartney joke, but somewhere around the time Lionel Richie found himself swimming in hit

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	Claudia Acuña: Rhythm of Life

With mainstream jazz yet again struggling for sales there is almost a cynical logic to this release. Verve are the most commercially astute of the

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15 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Eminem: The Eminem Show

Since Eminem has worked overtime to stir up trouble, all this attention isn't surprising. But it can also be depressing: for the most part, responses to Eminem are all about containing a perceived threat, making Eminem ordinary.

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	Johnny Cash: Ride This Train

From the moment he took his first Benzedrine tablet in 1957 until his attempted suicide in Nickajack Cave 10 years later, Johnny Cash's musical output was more fertile and prolific than at any other period in his career.

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	Sonny Boy Williamson: The Real Folk Blues / More Real Folk Blues

“It’s all folk music to me. I never heard no cows singin.’” —Attributed to Sonny Boy Williamson Every once in awhile, in the oceans

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	The Meat Purveyors: All Relationships Are Doomed to Fail

A weird little trend that’s been growing over the past few years has been bluegrass bands covering tunes from other genres, and in that

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	The Klezmatics: Jews With Horns / Possessed

THE KLEZMATICSJews With Horns / Possessed(Rounder)US release date: 12 February 2002 (original release: 8 April 1997) by Margaret Schwartz klezmatics-reissues.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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13 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

Eminem: The Eminem Show

In a nutshell, the major problem with The Eminem Show is that its content, which relies heavily on shock value, does not shock us anymore.

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	Cornershop: Handcream for a Generation

This album arrived with so much baggage it might as well have been Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein. Critics won’t tell you, but Tjinder

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13 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Laurie Anderson: Live in New York

On September 19 and 20, 2001, audiences at New York City’s Town Hall welcomed Laurie Anderson home. Several weeks earlier, the performance artist and her band (Skuli

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sade (2000)

The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Scooby Doo (2002)

The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Steamroller and the Violin (1960/2002)

Truly, a genius on his way to being discovered lies within this sweet film.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Black Hawk Down (2001)

An action movie dressed up like an art film, 'Black Hawk Down' is not about betrayal or anger, but heroism and patriotic fervor.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Bourne Identity (2002)

The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.

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	Marques Wyatt: For Those Who Like to Get Down

My favourite generic neologism at the moment is True School House. It is used to describe sets by DJs like LA’s Marques Wyatt, someone

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12 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Traffic: Welcome to the Canteen

By the time Traffic recorded John Barleycorn Must Die in 1970, a new phase of their career had begun. The psychedelic rock songs had been replaced

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Múm: Finally We Are No One

Mainly the quartet makes the kind of music that you might expect fairies to make.

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	Rachelle Ferrell: Live in Montreux 91-97

Though she is largely obscure outside of jazz circles (particularly those connected to the festival circuit), Rachelle Ferrell is unquestionably one of the most dynamic

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12 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Shadow: The Private Press

DJ Shadow crept into the public consciousness in 1996 with his debut album Endtroducing. By that point he had already issued a dozen or more singles,

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12 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Cooper Temple Clause: See This Through and Leave

Glam anthems and hardcore rants. The whir of techno and the crunch of britpop. Emo-boy crying and scary stalker screeds. The Cooper Temple Clause are

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12 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Box-O-Car: In the Future . . . on Mars!

CRYBABYNo Means Yes(Two Sheds)US release date: 12 March 2002 FEEDSafer Than Driving(self-released) by Jason Thompson boxocar-inthefuture.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Richard Mathews, Editor The University of Tampa Vol. 22, Spring 2002; Vol. 21, Fall 200l $9.95, $15 for one year/two issue subscription The Southern Connection To many, the sunshine

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

At first it seemed odd that a group like Pinback would have seven roadies setting up their equipment—not that the San Diego-based dream pop

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

NASHVILLE PUSSY 7 June 2002: Irving Plaza — New York by Kandia Crazy Horse Meshell Ndegéocello Nashville Pussy S E T    L I S T

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Seeing Mates of State, whether its performing or sitting down for a chat, one cannot help but think that Kori Gardner (keyboards, vocals) and Jason

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Luna S E T    L I S T 1995LovedustFour Thousand DaysWeird and WoozyBewitchedBlack PostcardsHello Little OneMermaid EyesTracy I Love YouLost in SpaceTiger LilyFreakin’

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Orpheum Theater Charlie Musselwhite The W.C. Handy Awards weekend in Memphis is not any one activity but rather a set of vignettes that

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

For you see, if the Prime Minister were caught giving his aid a DVD player that he had purchased with taxpayer funds, the episode would have ended with the Prime Minister being chased down a hallway by a camera crew and a journalist screaming out, 'Is this what our taxes are for?'

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The chances of Osbourne biting the head off a live corgi -- the toy dog that has been the hearthside symbol of the latterday Windsors -- were maybe remote, but it is worth remembering that other members of the invited bill have not always toed the line themselves.

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12 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Preserving the Pascagoula by Donald G. Schueler

Our present crop of undergraduate students seem convinced that nature is nothing more than that unpleasant experience between the air-conditioned dorm and the air-conditioned car.

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Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters by Robrt L. Pela

The man who built a career and a legend on the gleeful gross-out, the subversion of suburbia, and the celebration of the unthinkably perverse turned out to be, above all, a classy guy.

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The End of Innocence by Chastity Bono with Michele Kort

During the voyage to adulthood, Chastity struggles to find success outside the shadow of her powerful parents.

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Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema by Alison McMahan

As the Lumieres and Melies were developing the cinematic art, a woman by the name of Alice Guy Blaché arrived on the scene and established herself as the first woman filmmaker.

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11 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	36 Crazyfists: Bitterness the Star

In today’s world of rock, diversity is a much-needed ingredient to keep things moving forward. In recent years, the biz has become too comfortable

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11 Jun 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The National Trust: Dekkagar

The National Trust have concocted an unusual brew in their latest disc for Thrill Jockey, Dekkagar, using rich and syrupy ingredients that have not been

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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