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2 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Delbert McClinton: Room to Breathe

In the age of excess, of “biggie size it” and gas guzzling SUVs, of self-centered cell phone users endangering our lives at every other turn,

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2 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	India.Arie: Voyage to India

Do you have that certain friend you call on when life seems out of control? You know, that person you call when you feel stuck

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	J.J. Cale: The Best of J.J. Cale (20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection)

If there’s any justice in the world, or if J.J. Cale at least signed a decent contract, he’s able to relax on

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	Eric Bachmann: Short Careers: Original Score for the Film “Ball of Wax”

Eric Bachmann’s Short Careers poses this question: is it possible to release a brilliant, challenging, sweeping album that no one cares about? In some

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Once upon a time, Spoon were poised to be that Next Big Thing. First, it was when their first release Telephono jet screamed out of

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Thee Shams The Phenoms Peelers A triple bill at an unusual venue proved the spirit of the small, DIY rock show isn’t dead in

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T I Want the One I Can’t HaveHairdresser on FireSuedeheadLittle Man What Now?The First of

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

And lo, the geek shall inherit the earth. Something lost in the translation, because Moby wasn’t meant to be this big. Prior to this

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Jimmy Eat WorldPhoto credit: Chris McCann If I hated Jimmy Eat World, this review would definitely be a more entertaining read. These guys are just

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

A critical nationalist emphasizes the limitations of nationalism; she thinks that the rights of nations are usually overridden by the rights of individuals and universal human rights.

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Teen Angst? Naaah . . . by Ned Vizzini

It doesn't matter whether you're 16 or 65. You'll laugh out loud at this stuff.

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2 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Girl Imagined By Chance by Lance Olsen

At its heart, it is rumination on the art of photography.

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Digital Hustlers: Living Large and Falling Hard in Silicon Alley by Casey Kait and Stephen Weiss

Serves as a diary of the main players involved in the heyday of New York's Alley.

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz

The only real analogy for Capt. James Cooke, who resolutely explored the Pacific between 1768 and 1780, is Capt. James Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise.

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	Various Artists: Sounds Eclectic Too

In quiet and unassuming fashion, Santa Monica, California’s KCRW has kept the faith in promoting good music. Their morning show, Morning Becomes Eclectic, is

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	Various Artists: The Bottle Let Me Down:  Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides

For a while now, I’ve been concerned about my niece, recently turned five. Don’t get me wrong: Her parents have done a great

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30 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Telescopes: Third Wave

In high school, my friends and I would organize music buying trips to Detroit as badges of our disaffection from the choke chain constraints of

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	Jason Moran: Modernistic

“I have always enjoyed playing solo piano and I always think that it is important for every instrumentalist, regardless of what they play, they should

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	Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um

This is the most difficult decisions any music critic could ever make . . . and one of the stupidest ways to waste time that any human could

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	The Kaisers: Shake Me!

Knowing Merseybeat enthusiasts everywhere must have breathed a sigh of relief upon the release of the Kaisers’ fifth studio album earlier this year. While the

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30 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kekuhi: Honey-Boy

In truth, to a European living on mainland USA, Honey Boy is not an easy album to listen to, at least initially. Hawaiian vocal styles

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30 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Kickovers: Osaka

What happens when you get a bunch of musicians from big name groups who feel the need to carry on in their own way and

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Without a Trace

Insofar as it depicts agents who think and verify before acting, Without a Trace unexpectedly provides an antidote to the current media crime-fighting frenzy.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Twilight Zone

The most recent tales from the Zone suggest it can again become a venue for investigating contemporary cultural and moral dilemmas.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Survivor: Thailand

Ever helpful, Jeff Probst reminded everyone that, on Survivor, assumptions are always wrong.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Presidio Med

Diverges from ER in that it is, oddly, more conservative.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hack

It's life-changing redemption all the way, at the hands of a flawed saint who can instruct us all.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Half and Half

Dealing with complicated familial history, rather than relying on man-chasing for every plot, will set Half and Half apart.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Good Morning, Miami

Focuses on an irresistibly cute couple whose lives are complicated by their hormones and their over-the-top coworkers.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter

What makes the show slightly twisted is the knowledge that only a few years ago, John Ritter would have been playing one of his daughters' sex-obsessed suitors.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

C.S.I.: Miami

PULL

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Pure 80’s: The DVD

Blame MTV. On August 1, 1981 MTV went on the air, changing music (marketing) forever. Punk was still making parents everywhere cringe, and new wave was in

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	Various Artists: Secret Ellington

The title’s a bit of tease, really. These aren’t hitherto undiscovered Ellington recordings nor are they a side of the great composer that

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Who: My Generation (Deluxe Edition)

Maximum R&B. No other phrase associated with the Who, not even the more frequently quoted “hope I die before I get old”, more

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	James Taylor: October Road

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”—James Taylor These words from a song of long ago (1977, a quarter century for the

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	Shalabi Effect: The Trial of St-Orange

I am a fairly generous music writer, I think; I’m open to a lot of different music, and I try to accept each record

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	Charlie Parker: Best of The Complete Live Performances on Savoy

If, as is incontrovertibly the case, Charlie Parker is the most influential figure in post-war jazz and if, as we are always told, it was

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	Papa Noel and Papi Oviedo: Bana Congo

Many African artists such as Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Gnonnas Pedro, and Africando play the Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms known as Congolese rumba. Also, there

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	Syl and Jimmy Johnson: 2 Johnsons Are Better Than One

Hailing from Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, the Johnsons are called the real live blues brothers. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have finally recorded

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	Gregg Allman: No Stranger to the Dark: Best of Gregg Allman

In the recording industry, “Best of” or “Greatest Hits” has come to mean much the same thing as “News Alert” has on CNN, absolutely nothing.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hope for the future of filmmaking seems, this year at least, to reside not in epics but in short films.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snatch (2000)

Snatch is all about attitude and style. And guys, lots of guys.

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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snipes (2001)

As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Secretary (2002)

Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth / The End of Evangelion (1997)

Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Lady and the Duke (L’Anglaise et le duc) (2001)

Rohmer dehumanizes the mob, and encourages the audience to participate in the objectification. It's the aesthetic equivalent of the guillotine, chopping off spectator imagination.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Long Goodbye (1973/2002)

Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Go Tigers! (2001)

Go Tigers! not only encourages the audience to cheer on its subjects, but also shows their vulnerabilities.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Cockettes (2002)

A joyful, wild romp through the heyday of San Francisco's national cultural importance, filled with body glitter, feather boas, and important shoes.

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Saul Zonana: Guinea Pigs

It’s no surprise that there is a bounty of talented good musicians out there, working the clubs, recording music and not garnering any sort

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	Kev Russell’s Junker: Buttermilk & Rifles

Having paid his dues in the potpourri-genre Texas band Gourds, Kev Russell this time opted to go it alone. Well, about as alone as one

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Inner: lovetheonlyway

Inner is the baby of Jennifer Turner, whom you may or may not know was the guitarist on Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily album. So far

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	Highway 9: What in Samhill?

Highway 9 is your typical hard-working, blue-collar, just-a-bunch-of-regular-guys, New Jersey rock band, a band following in the tradition of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Billie Holiday and Lester Young: A Musical Romance

Like any good newsworthy event of the 20th century, one of the most touching pieces of jazz history happened in front of the television cameras.

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	Johnny Cash: Sings the Ballads of the True West / Songs of Our Soil / Silver

There’s not much to say about Johnny Cash that hasn’t been said already. He is the original man in black, the first musician

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Edited by Ronald Spatz University of Alaska Vol.19, No.3 & 4, Spring/Summer 2002, 278 pages Vol.19, No.1 & 2, Summer/Fall 2001, 294 pages, $10/year,$6/sample One Blood: The Narrative

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Bad Religion Violent Femmes Long lines at the Porta-Potties. The pervasive smell of marijuana. High-school aged girls acting like fools. Drugs. Drunks. A sweaty, heaving

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian All the Funky President’s Men On The One all things are possible. That was the Daily

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T The Gravity Free Atmosphere of MSAReturns Every MorningWelfare Murder PlotTouch the WaterGingerBaby’s a DealerA Nanny

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Haunted By YouThe British DiseaseFrom Georgia to OsakaWhere Are They Now?Yours for the TakingA Car

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T I’m Into Something GoodFalling From GraceKissin’ TimeWilder Shores of LoveWherever I GoLike Being BornIncarceration of

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Mixed Messages & All “Finesse® presents Sheryl Crow in concert.” The billing at Sheryl Crow’s Chicago House of Blues show played up her newfound

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

After doing some informal market research before a recent Sheryl Crow concert at Oneida Casino in Green Bay, I concluded that the 40something singer/songwriter

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The summer after the seventh grade I used to steal my sister’s dubbed copy of Appetite for Destruction and lay out on the lawn

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

(Taboos) disappear or are transformed when no longer useful.

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The Terrible Gift: The Brave New World of Genetic Medicine by Rick J. Carlson and Gary Stimeling

Offering a rowdy soapbox monologue on a host of discoveries in genetic medicine -- including genetic technology, computerized biochemistry, and drug synthesis -- The Terrible Gift reveals not one, but two, terrible things.

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Portrait of My Lover as a Horse by Selima Hill

Words revel in their incongruous, promiscuous juxtapositions, and sentences begin sensibly and end in bewildering confusions of logic . . .

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It’s a Free Country: Personal Freedom in America After September 11 by Edited by Danny Goldberg, Vic

More than 300 books have been published since the fall of 2001 trying to explain, blame, comfort and inform us about what led up to the attacks and what we can expect next.

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Modern Burma isn't so much a country as the residue of a British imperial political organization thrust onto several divergent peoples. To argue for ethnic independence is to argue for Burma's devolution, something the world community isn't likely to tolerate.

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Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press  by edited by Kristina Borjess

With almost one voice the essays contained here contend that the modern news business -- where the emphasis on the bottom line has almost trumped the traditional sanctity of the byline -- has become just that: a business.

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The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give

The most remarkable portion of The Accidental President concerns the final Supreme Court decision that effectively appointed George W. Bush president. Most of the criticism leveled in the book is fairly light, but at the end Kaplan rips into the Supreme Court decision.

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kelly Willis: Easy

The current crop of those most successful female singers who fall into the genre slice known as alt-country excel because they all bring something beyond

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Supersprite: Color Mixing

The first track brings us into Supersprite’s world by introducing the cast of characters: vibrating, turning, shimmering electronic sounds. Yet this track also immediately

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	The Moonglows: The Best of the Moonglows (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

Fifty years ago, a Cleveland deejay named Alan Freed hosted a radio program called the Moondog Rock and Roll Party. Freed believed that white audiences

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kevin Mahogany: Pride and Joy

Before Kevin Mahogany emerged in the mid-1990s, male jazz singers had become a nearly extinct species, with no heir apparent to the giants: Jimmy

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Midtown: Living Well Is the Best Revenge

Pop-punk is an almost inherently funny thing. The term alone is contradictory: if you’re so “punk”, then you shouldn’t care about pop sensibilities.

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Choosing the best record of all time, the top record or your favorite record is impossible for anyone. For a music critic, it is quite

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	Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Band: Things to Come

Dizzy Gillespie loved big bands. Although he will forever be primarily remembered as Parker’s co-revolutionary, their joint ventures actually formed a tiny fraction of

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Gloria Record: Start Here

It finally happened. Indie has broke into the mainstream, mainly due to the popularity of Chris Carraba’s Dashboard Confessional (which, of course, defied my

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	David Weiss: Breathing Room

If, as I would like to imagine is the case, the jazz shelf of your record collection is heavily populated with Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley,

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	Slum Village: Trinity (Past, Present and Future)

Slum Village’s sound is that of seduction. No, they’re not R. Kelly-imitating wanna-be playboys, but hip-hop aural interior decorators with a knack at

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	Maserati: The Language of Cities

There’s something about instrumental rock music that makes the music slippery, hard to get a hold of. It’s purely about sound, with none

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23 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Icicles: Pure Sugar EP

There’s something very special about the Icicles. The Grand Rapids, Michigan group has created an EP here that’s every bit as sweet as

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	Hello From Waveland: Strangeways

Hello From Waveland are a firebrand of a live band—dressed in vintage suits, the four-piece exudes more energy than most punk bands you could

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23 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Hrsta: L’éclat du ciel était insoutenable

Mike Moya, the man behind Hrsta, has been doing great work for some time in Montreal. He’s a founding member of godspeed you black

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	Mary Ann Farley: My Life of Crime

After her 1997 debut disc, Daddy’s Little Girl, Mary Ann Farley was a critical success among peers and her influences. Sharing the stage with Squeeze,

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Sopranos

While reality hounds might say that this is exactly how banal contemporary mob life is, they might also remember that a stamped certificate of authenticity doesn't inoculate drama against tedium.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Push, Nevada

In Push, Nevada, producers Ben Affleck and Sean Bailey have come up with a show that is, oddly, both original and formulaic.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Life With Bonnie

You would be hard pressed to find a sitcom debuting this season with more people rooting for it than Life With Bonnie.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Greetings from Tucson

Greetings can't decide if it's comedy because of being Mexican American or in spite of Mexican American -- and that's one thing working in its favor.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Firefly

Firefly is more complicated in its framing story and moral dimensions than the usual sci-fi or Western fare.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Fastlane

The shots are close (is that her hand in his pants?), the cutting is speedy, the soundtrack is kicking: just above the din of the engine, the Vines wail.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Everwood

As I watched Everwood, packed with numerous poignant moments, my own strongest feeling was a longing for South Park's biting critique of 'quiet little mountain towns.'

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Cedric the Entertainer Presents

Instead of being safe, Cedric the Entertainer Presents needs to keep it real -- real sharp, real topical and real controversial.

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22 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jesus Jones: Doubt

In 1989, a ragtag group of British skate-punks calling themselves Jesus Jones released an indie album full of guitars and samples called Liquidizer. No one much

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	Various Artists: Klubb Jazz 4

Hot on the heels of their overly familiar but still worthy summer compilation (Slip’n'Slide Ibiza), London’s premier purveyors of soulful, jazzy house music

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19 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Swayzak: Dirty Dancing

I’m no techno purist. In fact, I’d have to say that I’m one of the least reliable and fickle fans of the

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